LAWRENCEVILLE — The Paris Lady Tigers brought home the 2018-2019 Little Illini Conference season championship Thursday, Jan. 31, by downing Lawrenceville 64-39 on the Lady Indians home floor.
The victory gave Paris the outright LIC title finishing league play with a perfect 8-0 record.
“We had this game circled and we’re ready to seal the deal,” Paris Coach Dave Tingley said. “We had a rough start to the game with Akers from Lawrenceville hot from three-point land, but we focused in to get done what we needed.”
The Lady Indians were indeed on fire from behind the arc, with two three pointers in the first 30 seconds. Paris battled back to tie it at six before another three-pointer launched from the hosts followed by another two possessions later to make it 12-10 Lawrenceville. The four uncharacteristic Paris turnovers did not help their situation but Karrington Krabel turned things around for the Lady Tigers. She ended the quarter on her own hot streak. She rebounded her missed free throw, was fouled and converted the three-point play. She then stole the inbound pass and completed another three-point play.
Up 19-14 into the second, Krabel picked up her second foul, but Tingley made the decision to leave her in the game.
“I decided to leave Karrington in since she was on a roll offensively, and because our offense sagged somewhat without her,” he said. “I’d rather keep her in and build a lead if we can. She’s such a high risk/high reward player on defense, it can get her in trouble sometimes.”
In what seemed to be a theme for the game, the girls continued to convert three-point foul plays, two of which came in the second quarter from Kelsie Crampton.
“Kelsie had an excellent game, and really holds us together on defense. Lawrenceville had girls coming down the lane all night, and she was there to meet them,” Tingley said.
After a Lawrenceville three-pointer at the 2:30 mark, the scoring stagnated for both squads at 28-22, as they worked long possessions after forcing deflections and restarting possessions off inbounds plays.
Paris got off to the races to open the second half, coupling a press on defense with fast break baskets. Madyson Rigdon and Krabel continued the scoring for Paris until Krabel gained her third foul. Rigdon picked up defensive duties on Akers of the Lady Indians, relatively holding her in check until Krabel returned. Some more drives and a three-pointer from Rigdon in the period put Paris up comfortably 47-29.
Along with scores from Rigdon and Krabel, Jenna Gates got into the action with another converted three-point foul play, followed by Krabel with one of her own as the quarter reached the halfway point. Senior Emilee Roush was able to get into the game and knock down a pair of free throws as well. Lawrenceville put up a few scores to no avail, as the Lady Tigers celebrated at the buzzer.
Paris’ top scorers were Krabel with 24 and Rigdon with 15.
Paris 58, St. Anthony 51
EFFINGHAM — For the fourth time this season, the Paris Lady Tigers participated in a game prior to the traditional lunch hour for most people.
Paris travelled to Effingham on Saturday morning to face perennial 1A power St. Anthony, and escaped with a 58-51 victory. Paris improved to 22-7 on the season while Effingham fell to 18-10.
As one could expect, the Lady Tigers came out a little sluggish on Saturday morning. Paris trailed at the end of the first quarter 12-9, and were behind at the half by a score of 25-22. For those who have watched the Lady Tigers throughout the season, these two situations are not normal. What is normal though is the success that the Tigers have had in the third quarter of games.
Paris nearly shut Effingham out in the third period, allowing just 4 points to the home team with two of those coming on the final play of the quarter. Meanwhile, the Lady Tigers were busy scoring 19 points in the quarter to grab a 41-29 lead.
Paris salted the game away from the free throw line in the fourth quarter, hitting 23 of 33 from the charity stripe for the game.
Karrington Krabel led the way for the Tigers as she scored 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Jenna Gates was instrumental in securing the victory for Paris as she scored 15 points, handed out six assists and had three steals. Her biggest contribution though was knocking down 12 of 14 from the charity stripe in the second half. Madyson Rigdon added nine points, Katelyn Littleton had five and Brooklyn Westerfield and Chloe Noel had two points apiece.
In the junior varsity contest, the Tigers were victorious by a score of 31-24. Kenzie Hutchings had a huge game with 10 points, six rebounds and five steals. Noel added 8 points and seven boards.