Paris sent off their two senior players in style with a 60-30 win over the Flora Wolf Gals on Thursday (1/24) at Paris High School.
Brooklyn Westerfield and Emilee Roush are the lone seniors for the Lady Tigers and were recognized before and after the game. Roush was able to get the start after sitting out last season with a knee injury. Westerfield had the hot hand to help Paris start off the game and junior Karrington Krabel helped finish it in the second half.
Westerfield scored the game’s first 6 points off of post moves and offensive rebounds. Flora nailed a 3 with 5:25 left to cut the score in half and Madyson Rigdon answered with a 3-pointer and layup. Paris was able to make several more baskets to take a 15-9 lead after the first quarter.
Flora cut the lead to 15-12 on a three-pointer just 30 seconds into the second quarter — then the Paris defense took over. While Westerfield, Krabel and Rigdon all made shots, Paris either forced turnovers or grabbed offensive rebounds to stay up 23-13 at the halftime break.
Paris opened the third quarter with an 8-0 run as 4 of the points came from Westerfield. Rigdon and Krabel helped stretch it to 38-13 with two more shots before Flora began to inch back.
The Wolf Gals made their first field goal since early in the second period at the 2:25 mark and continued to knock down free throws as the quarter wound down, leaving the score 40-22 at the end of the third quarter.
Krabel knocked down two threes to open the fourth quarter. The scoring for Flora waned as the clock ticked down and, after several more baskets from Westerfield, Rigdon, and Krabel, the clock struck zero.
After the game, both seniors were asked on the radio what advice they would give to a player going into their senior year.
“Soak it up while you can. It feels like we just started the season, and now it’s almost over,” Westerfield said. Roush echoed similar thoughts
“Just to remember it all, and enjoy it while it lasts,” Roush said.
Even with Westerfield almost matching a career high with 18 and Krabel scoring 17, Madyson Rigdon led the team with 19 points.
Paris plays at 11 a.m. today at Effingham St. Anthony in a non-conference contest.
Paris 66, Robinson 29
ROBINSON — With just two remaining Little Illini Conference games on their schedule, the Paris Lady Tigers took care of business on Monday night (1/21) as they defeated the Robinson Lady Maroons by the score of 66-29.
For the third consecutive season-and the fourth in the last five years-the Lady Tigers have reached the 20-win mark. Paris now sits atop the LIC standings with a 6-0 mark and a 20-7 record overall.
Coach Dave Tingley was a little concerned leading up to the game as the Lady Tigers were not in class due to the Martin Luther King, Jr holiday.
“Whenever players get taken out of their routine, you never know what kind of performance you are going to get. I was really happy with the way the girls came out of the locker room ready to play, and they took care of things early on,” the Paris coach noted.
Paris used a full-court press to start the game, forcing Robinson into five turnovers in their first six possessions. The Tigers sprinted out to an 18-6 lead at the end of the first quarter and expanded that lead to 34-10 at the half. Tingley was able to rest his starters for most of the second half ahead of the busy week for his squad.
Karrington Krabel led the way for the Tigers with 22 points and six rebounds. Madyson Rigdon followed closely behind her with 20 points, including three 3-point baskets on the night. Jenna Gates had a double-double with 13 points and 11 assists on the evening. Katelyn Littleton and Emilee Roush had eight points apiece, Brooklyn Westerfield had two points and 10 rebounds, and Emma Henderson scored one point.
The junior varsity team was also victorious by the score of 55-21.
Caroline Martin led the way with 14 points and six rebounds and Kylie Arnett added nine points.