In a highly anticipated matchup between two of the better girls basketball teams in the area, the Paris Lady Tigers ran away to a 70-34 victory over the Tri-County Lady Titans on Thursday night, Dec. …
In a highly anticipated matchup between two of the better girls basketball teams in the area, the Paris Lady Tigers ran away to a 70-34 victory over the Tri-County Lady Titans on Thursday night, Dec. 19, at Paris High School.
With the victory, the Lady Tigers improve to 11-0 on the season, and 3-0 in the Little Illini Conference. Tri-County moves to 9-3 ahead of action in the Charleston Holiday Tournament set to begin on Thursday.
The Titans came into the game ranked 10th in a state Class 1A poll and on a three game winning streak. TCT defeated the Lady Tigers last season on their home court 50-41 on their way to a fourth-place finish in the IHSA Class 1A State Tournament.
Senior Sarah Isaf started the fireworks for Paris, hitting all three of her shots from behind the arc for nine points. Karrington Krabel was the beneficiary of some timely passes off of Tri-County turnovers adding six as Paris rang up 22 in the frame.
The Lady Tigers jumped out to a 14-2 lead at the 2:05 mark of the first quarter forcing Tri-County Coach Joe Morrissey to call a timeout. Just 0:31 later, Morrissey called another timeout as the lead had grown to 20-4. As the first horn sounded to end the quarter, the Tigers held a 22-5 lead.
The Titans were stifled by a strong half court defense by the Lady Tigers hitting only two shots and five points to face their biggest deficit of the opening quarter this season at 22-5.
Tri-County got their offense going a little bit better in the second quarter, but the Lady Tiger defense still controlled things as they extended their lead to 42-14 at the half.
The Lady Tigers delivered the knockout punch on the Titans in the third quarter as Isaf came out again hitting 11 of the 26 Paris points. The Titans just never got into any rhythm scoring only six and the Tigers lead ballooned to 68-20 heading into the final eight minutes.
Morrisey played most of his reserves to get them some very valuable playing time with the game out of reach at that point.
Paris was 20 of 55 overall for 36.4 percent and 6 of 13 from the charity stripe for 46.2 percent. Paris turned the ball over 21 times, with most of them coming in the fourth quarter when Coach Dave Tingley cleared his bench.
Sarah Isaf missed just one shot all evening on her way to a game-high 25 points — including a perfect five-for-five from 3-point range. Karrington Krabel added 17 points to go along with six steals while senior point guard Jenna Gates netted 14 points and collected six assists. Katelyn Littleton finished with 7 points off of the bench, Madyson Rigdon had 4 points and five assists. Emma Henderson rounded out the scoring with three.
The Titans went only 14 of 49 from the field for 28.6 percent and only 3 of 13 from the free throw line for 23.1 percent. Turnovers plagued Tri-County the entire night commtting 24. Grace Hopper led the way with eight points, all of them scored in the fourth quarter, while Kaylenn Hunt added five off the bench and the duo of Cailynne Phillips and Bella Dudley had four each. Tayler Barry, the Titans leading scorer, was held without a point for the first time this season.
Grace Hopper led the Lady Titans in scoring with 8 points, including the only made three-point basket for her team. Kaylenn Hunt added 5 points off of the bench. Cailynne Phillips and Bella Dudley each had 4, Kaylin Williams added 3 and Melia Eskew, Izzy Carroll, and Lillie Cox each had 2 to round out the scoring for the Titans.
In the junior varsity contest, Paris was victorious by a score of 47-21.
These two teams will match up once again at the Charleston Holiday Tournament beginning on Friday. Tri-County opens play on Friday morning at 9 am against Danville, followed by Paris squaring off against Sacred Heart. Paris will then face Danville at 3 pm on the same day, with Tri-County facing Sacred Heart immediately after that.
On Saturday, Tri-County and Paris meet in the first game of the day at 9 a.m. to wrap up pool play. Each team will play again on Saturday depending on how they finish in their pool. Teams in the other pool include Charleston, Cairo, Effingham, and Teutopolis. The Tigers already have victories over Danville and Tri-County who are in their pool.