The Lady Tiger basketball team rang in the New Year by cruising to a 53-32 over the visiting Red Hill Lady Salukis on Thursday, Jan. 3.
Red Hill brought a physical brand of basketball and didn’t allow the Lady Tigers to play their normal game.
“I don’t feel great about our win tonight,” Coach Dave Tingley said after the game. “We haven’t had a normal routine over break, but still felt like it was a game we’d have an advantage. Winning is one thing, but if we play like that in our next few games, it won’t work out as well.”
The Lady Tigers hit the offensive boards hard in the first quarter, garnering extra shots — a good chunk coming from the three-point line. Karrington Krabel helped with the scoring in the first, sending Paris out to a 9-0 lead with just under three minutes left. A Chloe Noel runner and a Katelynn Littleton three-pointer with three minutes left had Paris up handily 16-2 heading into the second quarter.
Paris worked in primary bench players Emma Henderson, Jaiden McClaskey and Chloe Noel for spurts during the first half. Both teams didn’t have much to show from the field until Red Hill nailed a baseline jump shot.
Krabel broke the Paris scoring drought with another fast break bucket halfway into the quarter. The Lady Salukis then got a three-point play foul conversion in the paint. After a timeout with 2 minutes left in the half, Paris scored on another Krabel fast break, followed by a three-pointer on the next possession from Madyson Rigdon to give Paris 25-10 lead heading into the locker room.
A flurry of scoring for both teams opened the third quarter, with Red Hill getting baskets off of drives while the Lady Tigers scored on shots by Krabel. Paris called a timeout with under 5 minutes left in the quarter, up 30-18. Madyson Rigdon went her own 7-0 run within a minute. A Littleton three pointer made it 38-19, but the Lady Salukis were able to edge back with more baskets in the paint, leaving the score 40-26 after three.
Both teams had some solid aggressive play on both ends in the opening minutes of the fourth, but it led to incidental travels, and a goose egg on the scoreboard. Paris had two shots in close rim out, but Kelsie Crampton made sure to end that streak, nailing a three off an inbounds with 5 minutes left in the game. Krabel pushed the Lady Tigers to 45-26 with a layup, and up to 51-28 with a fast break basket three-point play with two minutes left, giving the Lady Tigers a 53-30 lead with 1 minutes to go.
“We are playing Tri-County on Monday night, and they finished above us in the Charleston Tournament,” Tingley said. “They have great energy and confidence when you watch them. Some of our girls know some of theirs from travel ball, so it will be one of those games for bragging rights.”
Krabel had a game high 22 points, Rigdon had 12, and Littleton 6. Krabel also grabbed 10 rebounds and had seven steals, while Jenna Gates dropped six assists.
Sacred Heart 69, Paris 56
On Saturday afternoon, the Paris girls’ basketball finished off their final game of a three-day long Charleston Holiday Tournament with a 69-56 loss to the Sacred Heart Griffin Lady Cyclones.
“They were a tough team to match up with, even in a fifth-place game, which shows how deep this tournament is. We shot the ball really well, especially from deep, and it kept us in the game,” Tingley said.
Paris took an early lead in the game off a Keslie Crampton three pointer, but Sacred Heart went on a 13-2 run to finish out the quarter.
Paris finally began heating up, getting three pointers from Jenna Gates and Katelynn Littleton. After taking an 18-17 lead early in the second, Sacred Heart went to their center for some deep shots from the baseline. Gates cut the score to 29-26 entering the halftime break.
The Lady Tigers played a tight third quarter as a pair of three-pointers from Crampton and Madyson Rigdon were answered by Sacred Heart with two of their own. Jenna Gates converted a tough foul conversion for a three-point play, and a three-point basket several possessions later, but Sacred Heart again went to their center for two more baskets from the baseline.
Karrington Krabel opened the fourth with a layup to make it 50-47 Lady Cyclones, but the free throws began to add up for the Lady Cyclones. “We were focused on their All-Tournament point guard all game and their post player knocked down the open looks we left her.”
Jenna Gates dropped in four three pointers and five assists as part of her team-high 19 points. After the game, Karrington Krabel received a first team All-Tournament selection.