By Charlie Chitwood
DIANA, Texas – Mark Allen’s Lady Bulldogs handled their business and regained role possession of second place in District 16-3A with victories over White Oak last Friday and New Diana Tuesday evening. Their bonus going into the regular season’s final week came with their 20th victory of the season at Diana.
Jefferson spread the scoring around against its nearby district rival in the 61-22 victory against New Diana on Tuesday night and saw its record climb to 20-8 overall and 10-2 in District 16-3A play. The Lady Bulldogs clinched their second straight playoff berth with the runaway win and moved them alone into the district’s secondplace slot. Harleton – which had forged a tie a week earlier – dropped a 56-44 decision to leader Elysian Fields and fell into third place with a 9-3 district mark.
The Lady Dawgs’ easy victory Tuesday night featured point production by nearly every member of the varsity squad and all 11 girls received significant playing time. Jefferson raced out to a 17-4 first quarter advantage and led 28-10 at the half.
A 16-5 advantage in the third quarter further distanced the Lady Bulldogs from New Diana before the girls out-scored the Lady Eagles 17-7 down the stretch for the 61-22 finale.
Elaina Langbartels had the hot hand for Jefferson in this one – the sophomore hit five field goals – including a threepointer – plus four-of-four free throws to tally a game-high 15 points. Jamya Smith heated up in the second half and scored nine of her next-best 11 points with four field goals and one of her three free throws made. Jayda McCoy and Ni’Linda Johnson each nailed a three pointer amongst their makes….
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