Lady Tigers regionals set

In a very top-heavy regional bracket, the Paris Lady Tigers travel north once post-season action begins in a little over a week.

Paris (21-5), ranked number 15 in Class 3A according to MaxPreps.com, garnered the third seed in the Rantoul regional. The Tigers play the winner of the Champaign Central/Rantoul game at 7:30 p.m. on Valentine’s Day.

Also Traveling to Rantoul are the 24-2 Effingham Lady Hearts. Effingham is the number two seed is currently ranked fifth in the state.

In the Charleston Regional, the host school earned the number one overall seed with an impressive 21-1 record. The Lady Trojans are currently ranked third in the state, and the lone loss came at the hands of Effingham.

Other schools in the 11-team regional include (in order of seeding) Mahomet, Mattoon, Champaign Central, Mt. Zion, Urbana, Tolono, Decatur Eisenhower and Rantoul. The top three seeds in the regional are the only schools with winning records on the season.

Effingham plays the winner of the Urbana/Tolono game the same night as the Lady Tigers play. The regional final is Feb. 15.

The Paris Lady Tigers rang in senior night Feb. 1 with a dominant 83-27 win over the visiting Lawrenceville Indians.

Paris Head Coach Dave Tingley enjoyed the senior night result.

“I’ve always said when you can get a win where everyone plays and almost everyone scores, it’s a great night, especially coming on senior night,” said Tingley. “They’re the first group to have us as coaches for all four years and they’ve done a great job in building the program.”

The four senior Tigers Adrian Brinkerhoff, Jensen Bess, McKayla Watson and Erin Gahimer started the game. Fifth player sophomore Sarah Isaf appeared more than happy to set up baskets for the seniors with nifty passes.

Gahimer and Bess got easy layups to make the score 6-0, forcing a Lady Indians timeout. The seniors were pulled for the regular starters halfway through the quarter and garnered a nice applause. Isaf picked up the scoring load for Paris, with a variety of runners and layups from offensive rebounds.

Lawrenceville had trouble knocking down shots all quarter, and Jenna Gates nailed a corner three. Brooklyn Westerfield completed a traditional three-point play to put Paris up 20-1 going into the second quarter.

Paris doubled the output in the second, with baskets from Bess and Gates until the Lady Indians called another early timeout. Gates and Watson buried three-pointers about a minute apart, making it 34-7 with two and a half minutes left.

Bess capped the scoring with her second basket of the quarter, leaving it 40-8 at the end of the first half.

Paris opened the second with the same senior laden lineup. Erin Gahimer opened the action with a three and an offensive putback before Lawrenceville called a timeout.

Brinkerhoff collected four straight points for the Lady Tigers before the starters returned to play.

The Lady Indians struggled with open shots and turnovers, giving Paris fast breaks. Paris went on a scoring hot streak to close out the quarter thanks to multiple fast break opportunities and buckets from Isaf.

Paris starters remained in the first two minutes of the fourth before slowly getting subbed out. Karrington Krabel hurt her right knee, and was assisted to the Tiger bench.

Seniors Bess, Gahimer, Watson and Brinkerhoff played until the 3:30 mark before being replaced with sophomores Mallory Pine, Kelsie Crampton, Daniella Brooks and Kylie Arnett. Both teams scored 17 points each in the quarter with the deepest part of the Tiger bench in the game.

“The game tonight seemed like a tale of two seasons,” said Tingley. “They could kind of see the light at the end of the tunnel, while we feel like we’re still picking up steam.”

Paris was led by Isaf with 25 and Gates with 12.

The Tigers move to 21-5 and 7-1 in the LIC. The girls play Feb. 5 on the road at Tolono Unity in a varsity only matchup at 6 p.m.

PHS 83

Westerfield 3-1-7; Brinkerhoff 3-2-8; Watson 1-0-3; Gates 3-4-12; Brooks 1-0-2; Gahimer 3-0-7; Isaf 10-4-25; Pine 1-0-3; Krabel 2-0-4; Crampton 1-1-3; Arnett 0-0-0; Bess 4-1-9; Totals 32-13-83

LHS 27

Ferrell 1-2-4; Higgenbotham 0-3-3; Dining 0-6-6; Shick 3-0-6; Organ 1-0-2; Williams 0-0-0; Garza 0-0-0; Petty 1-0-2; Bedwell 0-0-0; Seitzinger 2-0-4; Totals 8-11-27

3 pt FG: Paris 6 (Gates 2, Watson 1, Gahimer 1, Isaf 1, Pine 1)

PHS 20 20 26 17 83

LHS 1 7 2 17 27

Significant stats for Paris: Isaf 10 rebounds and 5 assists, Gates 4 assists and 5 steals, Watson 8 rebounds, Brinkerhoff 8 rebounds

The Paris Lady Tigers knocked off the Effingham St. Anthony Bulldogs 47-36 in a tough matchup Jan. 27 at Paris.

Both teams kept it a close game in the first half with some less than stellar free throw shooting, but Paris slowly stretched out the lead in the second half.

Paris was down 5-0 until Sarah Isaf got on the board at 4:24 with a pull-up jump shot. Jenna Gates put the Lady Tigers up 9-7 on back-to-back baskets with three minutes left, and Isaf extended the lead out to 13-9 before the quarter ended.

The Lady Tigers coped with the Lady Bulldog length, execution and strong rebounding in the post all afternoon.

“Our rebounding fire really dwindled to day and they were able to get plenty of offensive rebounds,” said Dave Tingley, Paris head coach.

The second quarter saw both teams shoot poorly from the line. Paris went one for six and St. Anthony’s post player went two for eight. Her constant trips to the line racked up the Lady Tiger fouls, and the Lady Bulldogs constant trapping made it tough for the Paris offense to get set up. The foul marred quarter only saw Paris up 18-13 into the half.

“Nothing has come easy on offense right now, as they kept us out of sync, but we we’re able to make adjustments at halftime, but you can’t really make any wholesale changes at that point, it has to be minor tweaks,” said Tingley.

The offense for both teams opened up in the second half and a three-pointer and a fast break from Gates near the five minute mark and a few baskets from Isaf made it 27-18 halfway through the period. Gates picked up two fouls, sitting her on the bench with four fouls, but Paris held on defensively limiting the Lady Bulldog damage.

Paris went on an 11-4 run in the opening minutes of the fourth to make it 40-26 before St. Anthony responded with 7-0 run. A Brooklyn Westerfield three-point play made it 43-33 with just under two minutes left.

St. Anthony resorted to fouling to get into the bonus and get the ball back, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Paris lead. McKayla Watson’s free throws at 40.6 sealed the deal for the 11-point win.

“We weren’t over matched as they were oversized at most positions,” Tingley said. As the game progressed we were able to figure out what to do to get out and run to get our offense some momentum. I’d rather have offensive lulls like we had in the first half out of the way now before the post season starts”

Isaf led Paris with 22 points followed by Gates with 12.

Paris 47

Westerfield 2-1-5; Brinkerhoff 0-0-0; Watson 0-2-2; Gates 4-3-12; Isaf 9-3-22; Krabel 2-0-4; Gahimer 0-0-0; Crampton 1-0-2; Totals 18-9-47

St. A 36

Kinkelaar 5-4-14; Jones 0-0-0; McHugh 1-0-2; Gibson 1-0-2; Richards 1-3-5; Clausius 5-3-13; McGuire 5-3-13; Totals 13-10-36

3 point FG: Paris 2 (Isaf 1, Gates 1)

PHS 13 5 11 18 47

St.A 9 5 8 14 36

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