Lady Tigers now 28-0

Paris takes LIC regular season crown and remains number one in AP’s Class 2A poll

By Jeff Chambers & Dan Dundas
Posted 2/3/20

By Jeff Chambers

& Dan Dundas

prairiepresssports@gmail.com

FLORA — Thursday night not only marked the final time this season the Paris Lady Tigers would hit the road for a Little …

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Lady Tigers now 28-0

Paris takes LIC regular season crown and remains number one in AP’s Class 2A poll

Posted

By Jeff Chambers

& Dan Dundas

prairiepresssports@gmail.com

FLORA — Thursday night not only marked the final time this season the Paris Lady Tigers would hit the road for a Little Illini Conference game, it also marked the fourth time this season undefeated, Class 2A number one ranked team would win some hardware.

Paris Coach Dave Tingley hopes his squad is only halfway finished picking up plaques this season. It’s no secret this team has designs on moving well into the post season.

The Lady Tigers thumped the Flora Wolfgals Thursday, Jan. 30, 63-23 to move to 28-0 on the season and 7-0 in the LIC. Just a home matchup against Arthur-Okaw Valley Christian on Tuesday and Lawrenceville Thursday, Feb. 6, stands in the way of a perfect mark. The school record for wins in a season is 29 and that mark could fall on the same night.

Paris arrived in Flora following an eventful bus trip that shook up a few of the players and the coaches.

If not for the alert driving by former Paris High School football coach and athletic director Phil Ludington who was driving the bus, things could have turned out differently.

As has been the case all season, the Lady Tigers shook off the adversity and took care of business on the court.

Paris jumped out to an early 10-0 lead and led at the first stop 14-4. Another 8-0 run in the second quarter helped the Tigers build a 31-6 avantage at the half.

During the last few weeks, the starters for the Lady Tigers have become accustomed to playing the first few minutes of the third period before giving way to the reserves in the final quarter. This has been beneficial in a couple of different ways. Not only does it give the starters a break, it has allowed them to stay healthy and fresh for what will be the most important three weeks of the season. The younger players are gaining valuable experience towards next season and beyond.

Paris outscored the Wolfgals in the third quarter 23-7 to implement the running clock once again in the fourth quarter.

Karrington Krabel led the way offensively for the Lady Tigers with 22 points and five rebounds. Madyson Rigdon was hot from behind the arc and finished with 14 points while Sarah Isaf added 13. Trinity Tingley had her most complete game of the season with four points, four assists and four steals off of the bench. Jenna Gates added three points and five assists as the quarterback of the squad. Kadie Noel, Kendra Cartright, and Kendra Young each finished with two points, and Katelyn Littleton added one point and four steals.

Paris earned the top seed in sub-sectional B and will play their regional games at Sullivan High School beginning the week of February 10th.

to implement the running clock once again in the fourth quarter.

Karrington Krabel led the way offensively for the Lady Tigers with 22 points and five rebounds. Madyson Rigdon was hot from behind the arc and finished with 14 points while Sarah Isaf added 13. Trinity Tingley had her most complete game of the season with four points, four assists and four steals off of the bench. Jenna Gates added three points and five assists as the quarterback of the squad. Kadie Noel, Kendra Cartright, and Kendra Young each finished with two points, and Katelyn Littleton added one point and four steals.

Paris earned the top seed in sub-sectional B and will play their regional games at Sullivan High School beginning the week of February 10th.

 

Paris 66, Robinson 23

The Paris Lady Tiger Monday night, Jan. 27, game may have been the last one in Ernie Eveland gym for the seniors  — and they did not disappoint, using their blistering fastbreak offense propelled by their pressure-defense to send the visiting Robinson Maroons home by the score of 66-23.

In the first quarter, the Lady Tigers eased their way into the game and missed several chances both on the break and in half court.

Paris unloaded on the Lady Maroons in the second quarter and continued their breakneck pace into the third before the bench finished off the game.

After some three-pointers from Isaf to start the offense in the first, the Lady Tigers launched into hyperdrive in the second quarter. At one point Paris forced four straight turnovers, equating to eight points in the opening minute, while allowing the Lady Maroons to cross half court once in the segment.

Almost every starter got in on the fast break action, with Robinson getting some baskets late in the quarter. Paris quickly built up its lead while playing the aggressive defense Coach Dave Tingley looked to maintain.

“I wasn’t thrilled with the first quarter defensively, so we put the press on in the second half, and that got us refocused and at times on the floor to generate our fast breaks. We have been trying that press out on occasion so we can really get to when we need it,” Tingley observed.

Paris did that very thing, going into the half up 40-8 before extending it to 55-15 with 3:13 left in the third quarter and pulling the starting lineup.

Buoyed by the only sophomore in Kate Littleton, the four freshmen players of Young, Tingley, Coombes and Hawkins kept up the same intensity, intent and active hands displayed by the starters.

Seniors of Kendra Cartwright and Chloe Noel subbed in and Noel earned an uproar from the bench when she scored on her own steal and layup.

“The girls know where to be by now and it just works, and even though we practice it, it’s so second nature to them by now,” Tingley explained. “We’ve built such a trust factor with them, knowing that they’ll do what’s asked, and at the same time developing relationships and encouraging them, it’s my favorite thing about coaching.”

Some statistical numbers for Paris were 15 points from Isaf, 11 points from Krabel and 8 points from Jenna Gates.

The six assists by Gates in the game put her over 500 for her career, as she is now the all-time leader in assists in school history.