Jones has Irving MacArthur girls soaring again

Irving MacArthur's Alexis Jones is picking up where Odyssey Sims left off a year ago.

Sims, currently the second-leading scorer at Baylor, became the first MacArthur athlete to have her number retired last spring. The MacArthur girls basketball team was 120-25 in her four varsity seasons.

Jones, a 5-foot-9 junior, is making sure the Lady Cardinals (23-2, 9-0 in District 6-5A) don’t experience a slide, leading the team in scoring (21.0) rebounds (8.8) and assists (6.3.) She is No. 4 nationally in the ESPNU rankings for the class of 2012 and No. 2 among point guards.

MacArthur is No. 2 in the ESPNDallas.com Class 5A Top 10. Its only losses, to Klein Collins and DeSoto, have come in tournaments.

With Jones and Sims together a season ago, MacArthur advanced to the finals of the Class 5A Region I tournament. But Sims was sidelined by a torn ACL in the opening minutes of the Lady Cardinals’ loss to Cedar Hill.

With Jones tallying 22 points, senior Karmyn Jackson chipping in with 12 and junior Ayriel Anderson adding 11, MacArthur on Monday defeated Grapevine, 69-43, to remain unbeaten in district play. Its three previous district wins all came by at least a 50-point margin.

Three of the Lady Cardinals’ top four scorers are juniors.

MacArthur faces a difficult road test against Euless Trinity (19-5, 5-2) -- currently third in 6-5A -- on Friday at 6:30 p.m.