Lady Tigers are unbeaten
The Paris Lady Tigers had a homecoming of sorts as they dispatched Champaign Centennial Friday Evening at Ernie Eveland Gym. The Lady Tigers moved to 3-0, and 2-0 in the North American Lighting Tournament. Sarah Isaf led the way with 25 points, including seven three-point field goals.
Centennial opened up in a zone to start the game, and it took Paris a few minutes to settle in. Centennial got up 6-2 and Paris began pressing and tracking down loose balls, which led to three-pointers from Jenna Gates and later Isaf midway through the quarter. Another Gates three and more pressure defense left the Lady Chargers scoreless, as Isaf finished off the quarter with a near buzzer beating three-pointer.
Sophomore post player Kelsie Crampton stepped out and drained a three to open the second quarter and a Brooklyn Westerfield led fast break to Isaf forced a Lady Charger timeout at 5:33. Cenntennial finally broke a near eight-minute scoring drought with a three-point play at 3:47. Paris continued with aggressive play after the ball, and extended the Tiger lead to 25-14 in a foul filled first half.
“Centennial struggled with their ball control, and we were once again able to stay aggressive and get to loose balls and force jump balls,” said Paris head coach Dave Tingley, adding, “Even though we took advantage of it, it got us into trouble in the first half as we fouled too much going for the ball, and the constant fouling slowed us down. The second half flowed much smoother”
Isaf rained down another barrage of three-pointers in the early stages of the third quarter, extending Paris’ lead to 34-16. As the Lady Charger zone defense began to sag, Paris went inside looking for baskets and had quite a few just rim out as the half progressed. The Lady Tigers continued their frenetic pace even in the fourth, and Centennial didn’t make much of an advance on the scoreboard until under two minutes with a couple of three-pointers when Paris emptied their bench.
Tingley summarized the evening. “We felt like our stamina, and athleticism wore them down, and we were able to get out and run. We’re looking forward to our two games tomorrow with Terre Haute North and Danville as they like to play on the perimeter like we do.”
The lineup for the tournament today begins with Paris vs. Terre Haute North at noon in game seven, followed by Rockville and Danville in game 8 at 1:30 p.m. The fifth place game is between Champaign Centennial and Eisenhower at 3 p.m. The 4:30 p.m. game is between the losers of game seven and game eight. The championship game at 6 p.m. features the game seven and game eight winners.
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
CENTENNIAL 6 8 6 11 31
PARIS 15 10 14 9 48
Flesner 0-0-0; Karsch 0-0-0; Potter 0-0-0; Kirby 2-0-6; L. Potter 0-0-0; Du 0-0-0; Pickens 0-1-1; Pemberton 1-2-4; Russell 0-0-0; Wright 2-4-8; Morrow 2-4-8; Frazier 2-0-4; Totals: 9-11-31
Brinkerhoff 1-0-2; Westerfield 0-0-0; Watson 0-1-1; Gates 3-1-9; Brooks 0-0-0; Gahimer 0-0-0; Roush 0-0-0; Isaf 9-0-25; Pine 0-0-0; Krabel 2-2-6; Crampton 2-0-5; Arnett 0-0-0; Bess 0-0-0; Totals: 17-4-48
Three Pointers: Paris 10 (Isaf 7, Gates 2, Crampton 1); Centennial 2 (Kirby 2)