The Paris girls had their chance to knock off the Mattoon Lady Green Wave Thursday night in Paris, but Mattoon managed to escape town with a 46-43 win.
The back and forth game saw even play across all four quarters, with plenty of three point attempts on both sides, as well as the usual fast break opportunities from Paris.
Paris found themselves up 9-2 midway through the first after a Madyson Rigdon three pointer found the bottom of the net, forcing a Mattoon timeout.
Karrington Krabel kept the Paris offense afloat with her continual drives to the basket as she went 5-6 from the free throw line in the quarter.
With both teams knotted at 11 moving into the second, Jenna Gates nailed a three pointer to put Paris up 16-12 a minute into the second. The Lady Tigers extended their lead to 20-12, repeatedly getting their hands into passing lanes resulting in fast breaks. Paris missed a couple of conversions, but nonetheless played tight defense in the second. Their aggressive play frustrated the Lady Green Wave forcing Mattoon to foul and putting them into foul trouble halfway through the second.
One their seven threes on the night from Mattoon cut the lead to 22-19 Paris at half.
The third quarter was a rocky one for the Paris girls. The offense ground to a near halt, but Mattoon could not quite pull away, thanks in part to the game long ability of Paris to grab seemingly every available rebound. Brooklyn Westerfield reeled in 10 of her own, and Krabel finished with 8 on the night.
The quarter ended with Madyson Rigdon hitting a three with :15 seconds left, and Mattoon doing the same with :05 left on the clock, putting them up 31-29.
As Paris began to launch three pointers early in the fourth, Mattoon nearly pulled away, making two threes in a row by the 6 minute mark
Down by 8 points at 37-29, Paris marched back on a 10-2 run, started by a Jenna Gates three and capped off by a Krabel driving layup midway through the quarter.
The game was knotted at 41 when Mattoon knocked down another three pointer with a minute and a half left. Westerfield made a tough basket in the low post to cut the Mattoon lead to 44-43 at the 1:10 mark.
A long Lady Green Wave possession ended when they missed the first of their bonus free throws — but the ball was out of bounds on Paris.
Paris forced the next Lady Green Wave possession out of bounds, gaining possession down one with :26 left.
While Paris moved the ball around the court, Westerfield threw a high pass that went out of bounds.
Mattoon made both their free throws off of a Paris foul.The Lady Tigers has a chance to tie with :12 left down three points. Paris worked the ball between Gates and Krabel with Gates finally heaving a three pointer that was partially blocked right as the clock expired.
The Lady Tigers will be off from the regular season schedule was they start up the LIC Tournament in Newton.