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High School Girls Basketball: No. 5 Jackson upset by MICDS in Lindbergh Tournament

The Jackson girls basketball team went 1-2 in this year’s Lindbergh Tournament as the Indians fell in the semifinals to Ladue 42-39 and Francis Howell 52-24 in the third-place game.

Two Indians were named to the all-tournament team in senior guard Grace Pehle and junior guard Mik Liley.

Last year, Jackson won the tournament by defeating this year’s champions in MICDS, but the Indians have failed to reach a title game this season.

This third-place game marked the third one Jackson has played in this season as the Indians were victorious in their previous two to take third in the SEMO Conference tourney and the FSCB Holiday Classic.

In the third-place game between Jackson and Francis Howell, both teams were tied early on at 4-4 until Vikings’ senior guard Tionne Taylor hit her first three of the game.

This led Francis Howell to an 8-0 run for a 12-4 lead over Jackson with 4:31 left in the first, which forced the Indians to call the first timeout of the contest.

Jackson answered with four six more points, but the Vikings hit two more threes in the quarter to extend their lead to 18-10.

Francis Howell held Jackson scoreless in the second quarter as the Vikings extended their lead to 32-10 going into the locker room.

The Indians, who had trouble hitting threes as well as scoring inside, scored 12 points in the fourth quarter, but only two in the third.

Taylor finished with a game-high 25 points for the Vikings, scoring 17 in the first half.

Liley was the only player for Jackson to score in double digits with 10, followed by senior guard Mah Massey with four.

Nick McNeal covers high school sports, college sports and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Cape Girardeau County for the past five years. He can be reached at cbjsports@socket. net.

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