Twelve free throws in the fourth quarter sealed a huge conference victory for the Paris Lady Eagles last Friday at Eagle Gymnasium as they beat the Lamar Lady Warriors 65-53 to finish the regular season as the co-conference champions.
The win over the Lady Warriors left both Paris and Lamar with two losses in conference play but because the Lady Warriors had beaten the Lady Eagles earlier in the season and had more points in the head to head competition, the Lady Warriors will be the number one seed in the district tournament this week at Lamar. Both Paris and Lamar will be playing in the Regional tournament not matter what they do in the district tournament this week.
Lycia Peevy was unstoppable in the paint for the Lady Eagles, scoring 30 points including six of those 12 team free throws in the fourth quarter. Peevy made some slick moves in the opening quarter and knocked down four inside shots to help Paris put 12 on the board early. Lamar’s Lindsey Frost drained a three pointer at the buzzer to tie the game at 12 all after one quarter of play.
Paris continued to play aggressively in the second quarter and although they missed some free throws got two key three pointers to give them a 13 10 advantage over the Lady Warriors and a 25-22 lead at the halftime break.
Christa Huber took the ball to the basket in the third quarter and pumped in 11 points while Peevy continued to take care of business under the basket and the Lady Eagles added 19 to their total while holding the Lady Warriors to only 13.
Morgan Highfield drained a three to begin the fourth quarter for the Lady Eagles who continued to work hard and by hitting important free throws and maintaining ball control were able to keep the Lady Warriors from overcoming their earlier deficit and capture the twelve point victory to finish as co-conference champions with the Lady Warriors.
The Lady Eagles will be the number two seed in the district tournament and will play their first game of the tournament on Thursday, February 20, at 7:00 at Lamar. A win in that game would put them in the championship game on Friday night at 6:00.
LHS 12 10 13 18 - 53
PHS 12 13 19 21 - 65
LHS—Hignite 15, Nordin 8, Frost 16, Thomas 10, Shaw 3, Oxford 2
PHS—Peevy 30, C. Huber 16, Tencleve 3, Highfield 13, Diaz 3