24th-Ranked Jefferson Girls Facing Play-In Before Playoffs; Round Three With White Oak Starting To Take Shape

By Charlie Chitwood

When it comes to playoff seeding, there’s only room for one second place team. Mark Allen’s Lady Bulldogs had to scoot over in that slot to make way for a White Oak squad that rallied in the second half to drop Jefferson 48-39 in White Oak. The 24th-ranked Lady Bulldogs and the unheralded but respected Lady ‘Necks were both 9-2 in District 16-3A after the tilt.

The Lady Bulldogs did their part Tuesday night to keep the status quo, rolling New Diana 69-25, and moving to 24-6 on the year and 10-2 in district play. Jefferson’s Senior Night matchup against Waskom takes place Friday night in Bulldog Gym before the regular-season finale at Elysian Fields next Tuesday.

Jefferson led White Oak 14-7 at the end of the first quarter and 27-18 at the break before the Lady ‘Necks second-half comeback. The White Oak girls out-scored Jefferson 14-8 in the third period before shutting down the Lady Dawgs’ offensive production in the fourth and winning out on a 16-4 run.

Deivya Hodge was the only Lady Bulldog to reach double-digit scoring on Friday night, posting 11 points with four buckets and three-of-five free throws. Ealaina Langbartels (nine points) and Jamya Smith (eight) were threats as well but Jefferson had no other player hit as many as two field goals. Tierra Hines and Mackenzie Jordan each posted four points and Hannah Welch hbit a basket for her two to round out the Lady Bulldog scoring.

Tuesday night against Diana, the Lady Bulldogs scored at will in a 69-25 roll of the visiting Lady Eagles. Smith led the way with 19 points on four baskets and 11-of-14 free throws to lead four Jefferson players into double-digit scoring.

The Lady Bulldogs raced out of the gate with a 24-4 first quarter advantage and never looked back, outscoring New Diana 13-7 in the second, 23-10 in the third and 9-4 in the fourth.

Langbartels dropped in a couple of three-pointers as part of her 15-point night while Hodge drilled three triples en route to an 11 point evening. Hannah Welch had a big night too with five field goals for 10 points.

Ja’Kayla Jones (six points), Hines (four) and the two-point duo of Nia Garrett and Mikiah Allen rounded out the scoring.

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