Written by Matt Wixon
Alexis Jones' usual excellence propels MacArthur girls over Heritage
COLLEYVILLE — It was a typical Friday night for Alexis Jones in Irving MacArthur’s 61-45 victory over Colleyville Heritage. That meant it was anything but ordinary.
Jones, one of the top point guards in the country, nailed four 3-pointers and poured in 27 points as MacArthur (27-2, 13-0 in District 6-5A) ran past Heritage (19-10, 12-2). Jones was nearly unstoppable as she hit from long range, made ankle-breaker crossover dribbles and finished off drives.
But as is often the case, Jones’ most dazzling moments came on pinpoint passes that led to nine assists.
“I like to pass to my teammates because I know they can finish,” Jones said. “I want them to shoot the ball as much as I do.”
The other star of the evening was MacArthur’s defense, which turned the showdown into a shutdown after the first minute. Heritage took a quick 5-0 lead but then didn’t score again until two minutes into the second quarter. Heritage struggled against MacArthur’s zone defense, which cut off penetration and contested 3-point shots.
MacArthur, No. 5 in the 5A state rankings, reeled off 20 points during Heritage’s drought. The closest Heritage got after that was when Morgan Hunt scored five straight points to trim MacArthur’s lead to 22-14 midway through the second quarter.
At that point, it was Jones’ turn again. First, the junior sliced to the hoop and completed a three-point play. Then she swished a jumper from well behind the 3-point arc. The lefty finished the 8-0 run by dishing to Ayriel Anderson for a layup that gave MacArthur a 16-point lead at the half.
Alexia Standish led Heritage with 17 points and Hunt had 16.
MacArthur, which comp leted a district sweep of Heritage, got 11 points from Anderson and 10 from Karmyn Jackson.