Lady Tigers off and running

Paris offense, defense dominates over rival Charleston 73-9 and shocks Danville Lady Vikings 65-20

by Jeff chambers & Dan Dundas
Posted 11/22/21

This was not your parents Paris-Charleston rivalty matchup.

Thursday night, the Lady Tigers destroyed the Lady Trojans 73-9 to move to today’s pool play in the North American Lighting …

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Lady Tigers off and running

Paris offense, defense dominates over rival Charleston 73-9 and shocks Danville Lady Vikings 65-20

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This was not your parents Paris-Charleston rivalty matchup.

Thursday night, the Lady Tigers destroyed the Lady Trojans 73-9 to move to today’s pool play in the North American Lighting Thanksgiving Tournament with a 2-0 mark.

The first basket of the game for each team seemed to be the hardest.

Paris won the opening tip and after a few passes, Katelyn Littleton missed her opening shot, grabbed the rebound and missed that one as well, then stole the ball and drove for a layup to open the scoring. She would not miss many more shots on the night — and the Tiger defense hounded the Trojans all night long.

Charleston, on the other hand, had to wait until the 4:35 mark of the second quarter before they saw a number other than zero show on their side of the scoreboard.

After making just three free throws in the first half, the Lady Tigers held a 33-3 lead at the half. In fact, the Trojans did not make a shot from the field until there was 3:45 remaining in the third quarter.

Fresh off of officially signing her letter of intent with Maryvale College, Madyson Rigdon led the way with 15 points and five rebounds. Following up her 25-point output on Monday night, Littleton added 10 points.

Coming off the bench for the Lady Tigers, Kaitlyn Coombes scored 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting from the floor. Deming Hawkins and Grace Sullivan each added 7 points, with Sullivan grabbing 5 rebounds and Hawkins 6 steals.

Kendra Young had six points and Graci Watson, Vivian Moore and Sara Mills each had four. Mills also pulled down six rebounds and had five steals. Trinity Tingley, Taylor Clark and Peighton Smith added two points apiece to round out the scoring.

Today’s schedule gets underway at noon with the Lady Tigers facing Champaign Central(1-1). Immediately following that game, the Terre Haute North Lady Patriots(2-0) will face Danville(1-1) with the winner advancing to the championship game against the winner of the previous game.

Charleston (0-2) and Rantoul (0-2) will square off for the consolation title at 3 p.m.

The losers from the first two games will play at 4:30 for third-place, with the title game set to begin at 6 p.m.

If you can’t make it to the games, they will be broadcast on the Paris Sports Network.

Paris 65, Danville 20

The Paris Lady Tigers started off their 2021-2022 season in style with a win over the

Danville Lady Vikings by the score of 65-20 in opening night of the NAL Invitational.

Led by the hot outside shooting of senior Kate Littleton, Paris pulled away in the second half after the surviving the physical Vikings squad.

“It’s always tough to scout on opening night. We had limited information on them, as they are a team in turnover with a new coach, Lady Tiger Coach Dave Tingley noted. “We were familiar with some of their players on the AAU circuit.”

The Lady Tigers are returning all five starters from last season and also were able to call on their bench which is nine deep with the likes of Sara Mills and Grace Sullivan upfront and Kaitlyn Coombes and Gracie Watson on the wing.

Mills chipped in two baskets in the paint late in the quarter, while the Paris scoring was divvied up between Rigdon at the free throw line and baskets from Kendra Young and Deming Hawkins.

Paris held a substantial 18-4 lead after the first quarter as Danville struggled to create shots and were susceptible to the quick Lady Tiger fast break.

It was more of the same in the second quarter as the game slowed down a bit, but two three pointers from Kate Littleton got Paris out of their scoring doldrums.

The Lady Vikings managed to force a few turnovers but it was still to no avail, as Trinity Tingley and Kaitlyn Coombes sank baskets to close out the half.

Danville opened up the half with a bucket to make the score 31-13. That was  countered by a Kendra Young three pointer.

Halfway through the third quarter, Littleton again caught fire from three-point land, draining two consecutive shots following up with a fast break layup just for good measure.

Rigdon converted her own three point play making it 45-15 Paris. On the next two possessions, Littleton sank two more three pointers to bring her total to six on the night.

Paris took a 53-15 lead into the fourth quarter where and forced a running clock with their 40-point lead with five minutes remaining in the game. 

Tingley called on his reserves — mostly freshmen — getting baskets from Peighton Smith and Aubrey Wilson.

Tingley appreciated the atmosphere home court atmosphere, which was helped by a small but good natured student section with four students at an ESPN desk covering the game.

“It’s great to see people out and familiar faces. I think our girls were a little nervous with some of them being their last first home game,” the coach observed.

“We had a fairly unstellar first half in certain respects, and cleaned up a lot of it in the second half,” he concluded.