Paris girls play for fifth

After facing two state-ranked teams, Lady Tigers pick up wins against Danville, Pekin


CHARLESTON — The Paris Lady Tigers picked up two big wins Friday in the annual Charleston Girls Holiday Tourney, defeating Pekin and Danville.

The victories move the Lady Tigers into the fifth place game in this tough tourney.

Paris 43, Pekin 32

The Lady Tigers took down Pekin in their fourth game in 24 hours 43-24 early Friday evening.

Paris led 14-10 after the first quarter and 23-14 at halftime.

Pekin came out on fire in the second half, outscoring the Lady Tigers 12-5 to pull to within two points, 28-26 heading into the fourth quarter.

Paris took care of business in the fourth quarter, outscoring Pekin 15-6 to come away with the win.

Karrington Krabel and Maddie Rigdon shared scoring honors for the Lady Tigers in the game with 15 points each. Each sank one three pointer during the game

Brooklyn Westerfield led the rebounding for Paris, grabbing six.

Paris 49, Danville 43

The Paris girl’s basketball team picked up their first victory in the very deep Charleston Holiday Tournament beating Danville for the second time this year, 49-43 Friday morning.

The tournament features eight teams, some of which are strong schools in the region like Effingham and Teutopolis, conveniently located in the Lady Tigers’ bracket. Paris was not able to come away with victories against either squad on Thursday, but made up for it on Friday.

The Paris girls have weathered the storm on injuries to some of their starting players this season. After regaining the services post player Brooklyn Westerfield for the tournament, they feared they have lost guard Karrington Krabel Thursday afternoon, but she was able to play against Danville, dropping 17 points across all four quarters on the morning, as well as taking down a game high 15 rebounds.

Paris was able to get their offense in gear without a ton of help from behind the three-point line. A usually accurate Lady Tiger team only knocked down one from long distance on the day, instead focusing on drives to the basket and fast break opportunities.

“We survived our third game in about 24 hours, and the credit goes to the girls for making the plays when they needed to,” Coach Dave Tingley said. “Our perimeter shooting is still missing but we have been able to make up for it with tough defense.”

The scoring was consistent for the Lady Tigers and their defense would eventually ratchet up in the second half.

Katelynn Littleton paced the scoring in the opening quarter with 5 points and Jenna Gates added 4. The Lady Vikings kept even with Paris and eventually doubled their scoring output in the second quarter to go up 28-21.

The Lady Tigers stayed focuse and flipped the script on Danville in the third, getting multiple scoring help from Kelsie Crampton, Krabel and Madyson Rigdon. Krabel — along with Rigdon — helped close out the game in the scoring column.

With the heavy game load, Paris also received solid minutes off the bench from the likes of wing player Chloe Noel and post player Emma Henderson.

Paris was led in scoring by Krabel, along with Katelynn Littleton with 9, Jenna Gates with 8, and Madyson Rigdon with 7.

Effingham 51, Paris 42

CHARLESTON — Being placed in the toughest pool of the Charleston Girls Holiday Tournament is nothing new for the Paris Lady Tigers. Being scheduled to play the 9 a.m. game on opening day and also on day two is nothing new either.

Following the withdrawal of one of the teams, tournament officials scrambled to revise the schedule. What this meant for Paris was that they were placed in a pool with Effingham, Teutopolis, and Danville. All four of these teams have combined for a total of 11 losses, with Danville accounting for six of those.

The Lady Tigers fell to the ranked Effingham Lady Hearts Thursday morning by the score of 51-42.

Madyson Rigdon scored on the opening tip to give Paris the early 2-0 lead. This would be the only time that the Tigers led in the contest.

Effingham proceeded to score the next 12 points in the game, before Karrington Krabel scored with 3:25 left in the opening quarter. Katelyn Littleton knocked down a three to draw the Tigers within seven at the end of the first period, 16-9. Normally during tournament play, officials call the game a little more loosely in order to keep things on schedule. That was not the case this morning as the Tigers were whistled for nine personal fouls in the opening quarter and ended the half with 12. On top of the foul situation was also the fact that the Lady Tigers committed eight turnovers. In spite of the total number of fouls and turnovers, the Tigers trailed by just nine at halftime 30-21.

Paris cut the lead to 30-25 early on in the third quarter, and then again cut it to 32-28 on a Littleton 3-point basket with 3:15 left. Effingham scored all of their points from the charity stripe in the quarter and held a slim 34-28 at the end of the third.

That was as close as the Lady Tigers could get the rest of the way as Effingham scored the first 4 points of the fourth quarter off of Paris turnovers. Rigdon hit a three at the 2:16 mark to cut the lead to 43-35 but Effingham scored their final 8 points from the free throw line as Paris was forced to foul in hopes that the Hearts would miss down the stretch.

Rigdon led the way for Paris as she scored 18 points. She was also tasked with guarding one of the best players in the area in Carsyn Fearday. She held Fearday to just two made baskets on the day, but she knocked down 15 free throws to end with 20.

Jenna Gates added 7 points, Krabel and Littleton each had 6; Kelsey Crampton added 3 and Brooklyn Westerfield finished with 2. Effingham made 20-of-28 from the free throw line in the game.

T-TOWN 52, Paris 29

After the tough loss in the morning against Effingham, the Paris Lady Tigers went down swinging against the Teutopolis Lady Shoes 52-29 in their second game of the Charleston Holiday Tournament.

Paris Head Coach Dave Tingley tried to throw something different at their recent opponent.

“We went with a different defense against them today, as opposed to our previous meeting,” Tingley said “No matter what, they are a disciplined team on defense.”

The Lady Wooden Shoes always seemed to be in the right spots, making the Lady Tigers grind out possessions for good shots. Paris was able to convert at times, but struggled from behind the arc. Teutopolis jumped out to a big 13-5 lead in the first quarter.

Both teams played close to even in the second, as Paris slowly pushed back into the game. Karrington Krabel hit a three pointer with six minutes left to cut it to 15-8 but Paris was unable to claw much closer as the deficit grew to 24-13 at the half.

“Our offense was a little out of sync, and they slowly built their lead, even when we were playing even with them for stretches,” Tingley said.

Paris opened the third period looking to cut the gap with more three-point attempts but only managed baskets from Jenna Gates, Madyson Rigdon and Krabel. Two Lady Shoe’s three pointers in the last minute of the third quarter doubled the score.

With Teutopolis up 42-22, Krabel tried to pick up a charge on the sideline, and both she and the Teutopolis player ended up crashing into the bleachers. Krabel left the game with an apparent rib injury. Paris struggled from the field through the final period of play,.

Westerfield led the team with 7 points while Littleton scored 6 and Krabel scored 5 points.

Paris 55, rochester 52

KNIGHTSTOWN, Ind.— Whether the Paris Tiger players knew it or not, they lived out a dream of many of their parents last weekend.

For those of you who have watched the movie “Hoosiers,”

the Paris girls and boys teams had the opportunity to play in the same gym was used in the classic film.

Hoosier Gym is located in Knightstown and is used as a destination for teams from around the country. Every Friday and Saturday from November to March, the gym hosts teams looking for the chance to play in a historic setting.

In the girls game, Rochester roared out to an early 21-13 lead after the first quarter, but the Lady Tigers roared back with a 20-point burst in the second while holding the Rockets to just four points to grab the 33-25 lead at the half. Paris extended their lead to 47-35 at the third break, then had to hold on for the three point win.

Karrington Krabel scored a double-double with a season-high 31 points grabbing 13 rebounds. Katelyn Littleton and Kelsey Crampton added 7 points each, Madyson Rigdon had 6, and Jenna Gates finished with 4 points and four assists.