The Paris Lady Tigers put class 2A on notice with the second victory in a week over second ranked in 2A Teutopolis Lady Wooden Shoes, 55-44 Thursday, Jan. 2, in Paris. The girls defeated T-town just …
The Paris Lady Tigers put class 2A on notice with the second victory in a week over second ranked in 2A Teutopolis Lady Wooden Shoes, 55-44 Thursday, Jan. 2, in Paris. The girls defeated T-town just three days earlier to win the Charleston Holiday Tournament, so the quick turnaround was a rare scheduling occurrence.
Paris came into the game ranked second by MaxPreps in 3A and did not disappoint a noticeably bigger crowd, who got to see what an undefeated team looks like when working at its best.
Paris rode a rotation of just six players, finding small periods of rest when possible and luckily foul trouble did not plague the Lady Tigers. Some hot shooting for the Lady Shoes got them out to an 11-6 lead, before Paris crept back, with free throws from Karrington Krabel, and a tough layup from Jenna Gates.
Paris struggled with turnovers in the second quarter but made up for it with some tough defense according to Paris Head Coach Dave Tingley.
“I felt good about our defense and how we changed things up from Monday’s tournament win over them,” said Tingley. “We conceded some more threes but were able to force more turnovers and be where we wanted.”
Both teams at certain points worked long offensive possessions in what ended up being a quick moving first half with fouls barely being an issue. Both sides exchanged baskets early in the second, with points coming from Krabel, Sarah Isaf and Kate Littleton off of the bench. A huge three from Littleton put Paris up 20-18 at the two-minute mark with a roar of approval from the crowd, and the teams carried that into halftime.
With a back and forth game similar to Monday, Coach Tingley knew where his leadership stood.
“Even at halftime and though out the game, these seniors we have, they are so calm and collected,” he said. “Even though they were amped up and excited, they treated it like another game.”
Teutopolis got hot from long distance in the opening minutes of the third but were countered by baskets from Isaf and Gates. Isaf then swung the game in Paris’ favor in the third quarter, by heating up from beyond the three-point line, knocking down back-to-back triples at the halfway mark. Even with baskets from Krabel and Isaf again to finish out the quarter, Paris remained up 40-37.
The Lady Shoes offense went silent in the fourth, enabling Paris to slowly
pull away. Isaf buried her fourth three of the game, and Krabel converted a tough finish on a fast break. With 5:58 to go, Maddy Rigdon sunk a big three pointer to put Paris up 48-39, forcing a Teutopolis timeout, and bringing a large Paris crowd to its feet.
“That was a great moment for Maddy, as she had some nerves early, with her being the only sophomore with four seniors, she almost doesn’t want to let those girls down, so she may have been playing a little tight. But I coach her hard because this is her year to grow so she can fill those shoes next year,” said Tingley.
Rigdon backed up her big shot by filling the stat sheet with 8 rebounds, 3 assists, and 5 steals.
The whistles increased in the last portion of the fourth quarter, with numerous stoppages for fouls and deflections. The Lady Tigers elected to spread the ball around the perimeter to work the clock, and slowly made it a game of attrition from the free throw line when given the opportunity. Almost every Lady Tiger starter found herself at the line, converting either one or both of the free throws to keep the lead close to double digits to finish the game out.
“The crowd was great tonight, and I’m glad people can see what’s been going on all year, and hopefully now they’ll do that for us consistently, because it really helps,” Tingley said.
Paris heads to Breese Mater Dei today, Jan. 4, for a 10-team tournament shootout.
“Our girls are really looking forward to the next challenge after this week,” said Tingley. “We have one this Saturday with Breese Mater Dei, who we have never seen, so it will definitely be a match of in-game adjustments.”