Lady Tigers take big win
RED HILL – After a busy Charleston Holiday Tournament with five games in three days, the Paris Lady Tigers played only one game this week and are off again until Jan. 13.
Paris Coach Dave Tingley doesn’t mind the time off between games.
“It’s definitely something we have to deal with, and we can use it as a chance to rest some of our banged-up players, and improve what we need to,” said Tingley. “The tournament like the one in Charleston can expose some things with no practice time in between, and we’ll take advantage of having some time in the next week.”
The R&R showed during the Jan. 4 game against Red Hill when the Tigers secured a resounding 82-36 road victory over the Lady Dawgs.
Paris sophomore guard Jenna Gates had a season high of 21 points for the Lady Tigers, and also dropped eight assists and swiped six steals.
“She is starting to feel comfortable and like she belongs and she has shown it against all levels of competition. Her and Karrington Krabel give us great options alongside Sarah Isaf,” said Tingley.
Gates helped spark a 10-0 run to start the game, with the huge scoring burst coming within the first minute of play off some steals and three-pointers. After another Gates three made it 13-0, Paris cooled off midway through the quarter until Gates had a three-point play conversion and a fast break score. Kelsie Crampton rounded out the first quarter scoring with a three-point play conversion of her own.
Already up 25-9, Krabel was fouled on a three-point shot to open the second quarter and converted the free throw for the rare four-point play. Isaf did most of her damage in the quarter, including her and Gates capping a 15-4 run with consecutive fast breaks by themselves, traveling nearly three quarters the length of the court on each one, to make it 40-13. Paris began subbing in seniors Erin Gahimer and Jensen Bess as Paris led 44-15 at the half.
Krabel and Isaf paced the Lady Tiger third quarter scoring with over a dozen points between them and the bench saw plenty of action as well. Erin Gahimer scored 7 points in the fourth quarter along with buckets from Mallory Pine, Jensen Bess and a banked-in three-point shot from Kylie Arnett before the buzzer sounded to close out the game.
“We shot well tonight and have been working at it a lot in practice,” Tingley said. “We knew we could harass their guards and get some fast breaks off of it as well. Anytime almost the whole roster can make the score sheet is great a night for us”
Isaf finished with 25 and Gates with 21. Paris moves the record to 14-5, and plays again 6 p.m. Jan. 13 in Casey against Lawrenceville in round one of the LIC Tournament.