The Paris Lady Tigers moved to a 3-0 record in the NAL Holiday Tournament, taking down the visiting Champaign Central Lady Maroons 66-45 Friday night at home. Playing their fourth game in five nights, the Lady Tigers engaged in a physical contest that saw numerous play stoppages and turnovers, especially in the second half.
Both teams got off to a slow start offensively, and Karrington Krabel helped get Paris out in front 6-4 with a drive into the lane. Sarah Isaf pulled off a highlight play by catching a long court length pass from Brooklyn Westerfield, pausing all of her momentum at the three point line and draining a three pointer. The Paris offense accelerated literally and figuratively with Jenna Gates to Isaf court length pass, and freshmen Madyson Rigdon had a fast break off of her own steal to make it 15-6. Another Isaf three helped push the Tiger lead to 22-7 after one.
Champaign Central had issues with turnovers all evening, as well as problems converting shots around the basket for much of the evening. After two Rigdon baskets, Brooklyn Westerfield got the crowd fired up after taking a charge. She went on to make the next two baskets to help pace the offense. Paris decided to hold the ball around the three-minute mark, before Isaf and Gates made two more baskets. The Lady Maroons were able to get their offense moving with drives to the basket, making it 42-20 at half.
The second half saw the game seemingly slow to a halt, with numerous fouls and turnovers. Both teams stayed even with their scoring for both quarters, as Paris was not able to extend their lead beyond 30 as they had done earlier in the tournament.
After Sarah Isaf’s three pointer with 5:30 left, Paris didn’t see another basket in the quarter until three minutes later. With the amount of fouls, Champaign Central was not able to take advantage of their free throw opportunities. Paris was able to convert enough around the basket to keep Champaign Central in a double digit deficit.
With two starters fouling out, the Lady Maroons had accrued enough fouls on their end to put Paris in the double bonus with still nearly six minutes left in the game. Paris eventually sat some of their starters with two minutes left.
Paris Head Coach Dave Tingley summed up the evening.
“We knew they would be a physical opponent, and it was something that will help prepare us for games later on in the year. We were able to get out in front of them and hold them off in the second half and it paid off.”
Paris got an even scoring distribution from their players, with Jenna Gates and Madyson Rigdon tied for top honors with 15 points. Sarah Isaf and Karrington Krabel each scored 13 points.
Paris 60, Decatur Eisenhower 31
The Paris girls continued to roll on in the NAL Tournament at Paris High School, this time pulling away from the Decatur-Eisenhower Lady Panthers in the second half of their Wednesday night matchup, winning 60-31.
Decatur-Eisenhower brought in three post players six feet or taller, and the Paris coaching staff made adjustments based off of it.
“It wasn’t our intention to hoist up that many three pointers in a normal game, but they were playing a zone and had taller girls inside, so those were the shots that were given,” Paris Coach Dave Tingley explained. “It was the logical thing to do and it helped us.”
The Lady Tigers two best outside shooters took full advantage of the scenario, as Sarah Isaf knocked down eight three pointers while freshman Madyson Rigdon netted three. Junior Karrington Krabel had a strong game with 12 points and 6 assists.
Both teams played an intense and tight first quarter. The Lady Tigers initial three point attempts missed the mark until Sarah Isaf was able to connect on a two in the quarter. More of the same came in the second quarter with both teams trading the lead.
Eisenhower knocked down their third three of the game and Isaf responded again in kind, giving Paris back the lead at 18-17 with over three minutes left. Isaf and Eisenhower’s Green traded three point baskets again, and Madyson Rigdon helped leave the game knotted at 21 with a three of her own with a minute left at the half.
The Lady Tiger offense came out swinging to start the second half and took over the game. Paris began pressuring the Lady Panthers after their made baskets, again consisting of a set of Rigdon and Isaf threes with about three minutes into the quarter, extending the Paris lead to 33-23.
The Lady Panthers could not solve the press and their offense went stagnant for most of the quarter. Before both teams went scoreless the last two minutes, Rigdon and Isaf connected on another set of threes to make it 42-24 after three.
Isaf nailed her seventh and eighth three pointers of the game in the opening minute of the fourth quarter. With the Panther offense scuffling except for points from the free throw line, those long distance shots helped slowly close out the game. The Lady Tigers continually ran as many fast breaks as they could, as Krabel and Brooklyn Westerfield were on the receiving end of some long range passes from Jenna Gates.
“Though she has been quiet offensively in the early going, Jenna Gates has really help drive our offense, and having 9 assists tonight is an excellent example. I feel like what benefits us is our ability to get out and run and we’re going to need to do that Friday night versus Champaign Central.”
Paris 59, Terre Haute North 31
The Paris Lady Tigers got the annual NAL Tournament off to a strong start Tuesday evening, cruising to 59-31 victory over Terre Haute North.
The relatively new tournament features a strong girls field with teams from Charleston, Terre Haute, Champaign and Decatur, providing a good test for the host Lady Tigers.
As for the game, Paris Coach Dave Tingley saw improvements in areas that needed it.
“Even though it’s hard to simulate in practice, our backside defense improved tonight, which was somewhat of a concern on opening night. Once he have that timing even more precise on when to help, we will all benefit, ” Tingley said.
Junior guard Sarah Isaf helped start the scoring with a three pointer and a layup.
The Lady Patriot bench called a timeout partway through the quarter as the Paris defense forced them into some poor shot selection.
Along with some help from Karrington Krabel, Isaf knocked down two more jump shots to leave Paris up 17-0 entering the second quarter.
Tingley enjoyed the defensive effort in the opening stanza.
“Our girls really have great intensity and hustle. They really play for each other and it shows when they get rewarded for their efforts. Karrington really does a good job of setting that tone and they feed off of that,” the Tiger coach said.
Isaf continued to score into the second quarter with a three pointer and a fast break layup. Terre Haute North started to create some offense around the basket as the Paris offense went cold, but it was quickly picked up by freshman Madyson Rigdon’s three point stroke. She drained two three pointers with under two minutes left and followed a Lady Patriot three pointer with a three point foul conversion of her own going into the half.
Up 39-14 going into the third quartter, both teams played fairly evenly in the third, almost staying even in scoring.
In the latter half of the quarter, Terre Haute and Paris traded three pointers on four straight possessions to the delight of the crowd.
The fourth quarter went by quickly as reserves Katelyn Littleton, Jaiden McClaskey, Kylie Arnett and Chloe Noel helped finish the game out.
“There is a new rule put into effect about the mercy clock and if your team is up 30 points after the third, it will start up,” Tingley said. “It continues even if the deficit comes below 30 points regardless. It does affect how much our bench can play, so we’ll see how it goes this season.”
Isaf had a game high of 31, with Maddie Rigdon following with 12, and Krabel finished with 7.