Coach excited about team

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TEUTOPOLIS — For just the second time this season, the Paris Lady Tigers suffered a loss — this time at the hands of the Teutopolis Lady Wooden Shoes Thursday, Dec. 20, by the score of 64-36.

Paris falls to 12-2 on the season, while T-Town — ranked fifth in the Associated Press Class 2A poll — improves to 12-2.

The loss snaps an eight-game winning streak for the Lady Tigers who had not been beaten since losing to Charleston in the championship game of the North American Lighting Thanksgiving Tournament.

Facing the Wooden Shoes is always a tough task, but facing them without your leading scorer and a two-year starter makes things even tougher.

Junior Sarah Isaf underwent surgery on Dec. 18 to repair a torn meniscus. Brooklyn Westerfield missed her third straight game with a severely sprained ankle. Both were sorely missed Thursday.

Teutopolis jumped out to a 19-10 lead at the end of the first quarter, and stretched that lead to 37-20 at the half. The Lady Tigers cut the lead to three in the second quarter, but an 8-0 run by the Lady Wooden Shoes to end the second period created a cushion that Paris could not overcome.

Madyson Rigdon led all scorers in the game with 15 points. Karrington Krabel added 10 points and six steals in spite of playing the entire second half with three personal fouls. Katelyn Littleton added 7 points. Kelsey Crampton and Jenna Gates finished with 2 apiece.

Coach Dave Tingley was upbeat following his team’s loss, saying this is his favorite time of the year for basketball.

“At the start of the game we were mentally tough and battled with them. At some point the physical aspect comes into play, and at some point our girls got tired and we got into some foul trouble,” Tingley observed.

“Our message tonight was to battle and I thought that for the most part we did that,” he said. “We got beat tonight because of stretches. An 8-point run here, a 6-point stretch there and a couple of conventional 3-point plays just killed our momentum.”

One thing is for certain, the Tigers did not lack energy in the game, and that’s one thing that excited Tingley.

“I’ll be honest, I’m as excited for this team right now as I was at the start of the season. I see improvement, I see girls starting to get a little more mentally tough, and I see growth in this team right now,” the Paris coach said.

This tough stretch of games continues today as the Lady Tigers face Rochester at 11 a.m. at Hoosier Gym in Knightstown, Ind. Then Paris opens up play in the Charleston Holiday Tournament at 9 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, against Effingham, then will face T-Town again at 4:30 p.m. that same day. They return at 9 a.m. Friday , Dec. 28, against Danville. All three opponents are ranked in the top 20 in their respective classes in the current AP poll.

Paris 55, West vigo 25

With recent injuries to starters Sarah Isaf and Brooklyn Westerfield, the Lady Tigers have hummed along with some freshman starters and some position alterations.

Tuesday night, it was freshman Katelynn Littleton pouring in 25 points helping Paris to a 55-25 victory over the visiting West Vigo Lady Vikings.

“She really had herself quite a game” noted Tingley. “She really kicked up our defensive intensity with her steals, and she just goes and attacks without thinking twice.”

The Lady Tiger offense in the first quarter and even the first half came from three pointers and layups off steals. Jenna Gates, Madyson Rigdon and Katelynn Littleton each drained a three-point attempt to put Paris up 9-0 halfway into the quarter. Paris proceeded to go cold from beyond the arc but were buoyed on the defensive end with steals from Kelsie Crampton to start fast breaks.

As they moved into the second up 14-5, Paris proceeded to amp up the defensive pressure, without using a full or half court press. Krabel continued to adapt to her new position in the post, converting close range shots and free throws. West Vigo began to chip away at the lead with some three-pointers of their own to make it 19-10, but the intense Paris defense racked up more steals, which were converted into layups.

Already up 28-10, Paris continued the scoring outburst from across the roster, getting another three-pointer from Gates, more fast break scores from Littleton and a bucket and free throws from Rigdon. West Vigo managed to knock down some jump shots from different areas of the court, but were plagued by turnovers, most of which consisted of steals from Paris.

After Littleton’s 25 points, Krabel posted 11, Gates dropped in 8, and Rigdon finished with 7. Littleton also added five steals for Paris to go with her game high five three-pointers, and Jenna Gates doled out five assists.

Paris 53, South Vermillion 21

The Paris girls basketball team (12-2) rolled to an easy win Saturday (12/15), crushing South Vermillion 53-21. Paris head coach David Tingley liked what he saw from his team in the win.

“We were able to set the tone early and start strong,” Tingley said “We have some girls that really finish strong and they really had no answer for our fast break.”

The Lady Tigers attacked from the opening tip, jumping out to an early 6-0 lead behind baskets from Jenna Gates, Kelsie Crampton and Karrington Krabel. A basket from Katelyn Littleton with 2:59 left in the opening period put Paris up 12-2 while Madyson Rigdon helped further the lead. Littleton sank a three to cap the Lady Tiger’s scoring in the first period, giving them a 19-4 advantage.

Paris kept the foot on the pedal through the second period as a Littleton steal led to a layup by Gates to extend the lead to 24-4. The girls held the visiting Lady Wildcats to just four points in the second quarter to go into the halftime break up 31-8.

Paris entered the third period looking to further the lead over South Vermillion and Krabel stepped up to the plate. The junior led the team in scoring with 19 points on 8-12 shooting while managing a team-high 13 rebounds and four steals.

“She is so explosive,” Tingley said “She is a super-athlete and brings a great presence on both sides of the ball for us.”