BRIDGEPORT — In their second-consecutive Little Illini Conference game featuring a varsity-only matchup, the Paris Lady Tigers traveled to Red Hill Thursday, Jan. 9, and took care of business …
BRIDGEPORT — In their second-consecutive Little Illini Conference game featuring a varsity-only matchup, the Paris Lady Tigers traveled to Red Hill Thursday, Jan. 9, and took care of business with a 75-25 victory.
The win improves the Tigers’ record to 21-0 overall and 5-0 in the LIC. Red Hill falls to 2-6 overall and 0-5 in the conference.
The Tigers’ #1-ranking in Class 2A in the state comes with a bullseye. Paris is now every opposing team’s Super Bowl. That was evident Thursday night as the Tigers got off to an unusually slow start.
At the end of the first quarter, the visitors held a slim 13-8 lead. Even at the half, the Tigers held just a 28-17 lead over the last-place team in the conference.
As per usual adjustments were made, fires were lit and the Lady Tigers stormed out of the locker room and scored 47 points in the second half while holding the Lady Salukis to just eight total points.
Sarah Isaf led the way with 17 points and nine rebounds, just missing out on a double-double. Karrington Krabel did achieve that feat with 13 points and 11 boards. Jenna Gates scorched the nets from long-range as she knocked down three 3-pointers on her way to 11 points, while also passing out five assists. Katelyn Littleton was once again the spark off the bench as she has completely thrived in her sixth-lady role. She scored 11 points in the contest. Madyson
Rigdon, Trinity Tingley and Kendra Young had seven points apiece, with Rigdon also contributing three steals. Emma Henderson scored two to round out the Tigers’ scoring.
The girls have a much needed three-day rest before hosting Effingham Monday, Jan. 13.
Paris 75, Casey 23
Playing their first team as the number one ranked team in the latest Associated Press poll, the Lady Tigers proved to the Casey-Westfield Lady Warriors they are the real deal.
In a game played at Ernie Eveland Gym on Tuesday, Jan. 6, the Tigers made quick work of their Little Illini Conference opponent, winning 75-23. With the win, the Tigers move to 20-0 on the season and 4-0 in the LIC. Casey falls to 3-12 overall, and 2-1 in conference play.
In the initial AP poll in December, the Lady Tigers failed to make an appearance. With tournament titles in their own North American Lighting Thanksgiving Tournament and the Charleston Holiday Tournament, along with a pair of wins over eighth-ranked Teutopolis, and a win at the PAWS Shootout against Breese Mater Dei, the Tigers were one of four teams to go from unranked to ranked. Paris received four of a possible 11 first-place votes.
On Tuesday night the Tigers made themselves at home at Eveland Gym, scorching the nets from distance with 11 three-point baskets in the game. At the end of the first quarter, the Tigers led the Warriors 25-9, increasing that lead to 52-17 at the half.
Karrington Krabel led the Tigers in scoring with 18 points on the evening, followed by Katelyn Littleton with 16 points off the bench.
Littleton knocked down four three-point buckets in the game. Sarah Isaf and Madyson Rigdon had 10 points each, with Rigdon adding six steals to her stat line. Jenna Gates and Kendra Young had eight points apiece, with Gates adding five assists and Young pulling down seven rebounds in the game. Trinity Tingley had five points and six assists to round out the scoring for the Lady Tigers.
Paris 52, Breese 41
BREESE- The Paris Lady Tigers took part in the 2nd Annual PAWS Shootout Jan. 4 at Breese Central High School and were faced with the task of taking on a hometown team.
As has been the case all season long the Tigers used ferocious defense to force Breese Mater Dei into 22 turnovers en route to a 52-41 win. At the time of the game, Mater Dei was ranked #9 in the MaxPreps IHSA Class 2A rankings. The Lady Tigers were #2.
After jumping to a 15-8 lead at the end of the first period, something happened in the second quarter that had not happened in quite some time for this Lady Tigers team. The girls were outscored in the frame by the score of 14-9, and the score was 24-22 Tigers at intermission. Sarah Isaf started out hot for the Tigers scoring eight points in the first eight minutes of the game but was held scoreless in the second period. It appeared she would easily surpass the 23-point mark that was the shootout record to that point.
Coach Dave Tingley pushed the right buttons in the locker room at the half as he normally does and the Lady Tigers stormed to a 19-4 scoring run in the third quarter to hold a 43-26 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Mater Dei did not go quietly however and cut that lead to six points at one point. The Tigers spread the court and only attempted three shots from the field in the period and scored all nine of their points from the free-throw line.
Jenna Gates led the scoring for the Tigers as she poured in a game-high 14 points. She was a perfect five-for-five from the line in the decisive fourth quarter. Isaf — who was named the player of the game — finished with 13 points in the contest. These two seniors each made three three-pointers. Karrington Krabel added 10 points, Madyson Rigdon had six points, four rebounds, and four steals, Katelyn Littleton made five-of-six from the free-throw line to finish with five points, and Kelsie Crampton added four.