Regional champions: The Paris Lady Eagles made school history last Saturday night at Elkins High School when they beat the West Fork Lady Tigers 47-41 to capture the Regional Championship and earn the number one seed going into the State Tournament this week at Charleston. Team members include Christa Huber, Kytan Tencleve, Abby Carter, Morgan Highfield, Chloe Jay, Becky Hatcher, Hannah Simmons, Lycia Peevy, Matti Huber, and Lacy Diaz. Managers are Ashley Fulmer and Katrina Wade. Coaches are Toby Tevebaugh and Jess Cooper.
A 10-2 run to open the second quarter and back-to-back-to-back threes by Morgan Highfield to begin the third quarter gave the Lady Eagles the spark they needed to come from a first quarter deficit and go on to beat the West Fork Lady Tigers 47-41 in the finals of the Regional Tournament at Elkins.
By capturing the Regional Championship, the Lady Eagles made school history as no other Lady Eagle team has ever done this. In addition, the Lady Eagles will be the number one seed from the conference as they take on Manila in the state tournament at Charleston on Wednesday afternoon at 1:00.
West Fork took the lead in the opening quarter but the Lady Eagles made some adjustments during the break between quarters and came out with a 10-2 run on the Lady Tigers to grab a lead that they would never relinquish. At the halftime break the Lady Eagles led 19-13.
Highfield found herself wide open in the corner to start the third quarter and knocked down three huge three pointers to give the Lady Eagles a bigger lead. Paris tacked on 20 points in the third quarter while holding the Lady Tigers to only eight for a 39-21 lead going into the final eight minutes of play.
Trying to run some time off the clock, the Lady Eagles ran a spread offense and despite scoring only eight points and giving up 20 were able to hold on to the lead and capture the tournament championship victory.
West Fork 11 2 8 20 — 41
Paris 7 12 20 8 — 47
West Fork (14-11): Karnes 13, Selph 7, Quinton 7, Griffin 6, Hays 4, Smith 4
Paris (27-6): Highfield 16, C.Huber 9, Peevy 8, Tencleve 6, M.Huber 4, Simmons 4
In order to get to the championship game, the Lady Eagles had to get through the Mansfield Lady Tigers. The two teams had four previous meetings with the Lady Eagles at a 3-1 advantage.
Not wanting to give the Lady Tigers any chance of knocking them out of the chance to play for the championship, the Lady Eagles came out firing in the opening quarter pumping in 17 points while holding the Lady Tigers to only two points.
Paris continued to pump in points in the second quarter, adding another 15 points but did not hold off the Lady Tigers as well who added 13 to their score. At the halftime break, the Lady Eagles led 32-15.
Scoring in double figures again in the third quarter, the Lady Eagles extended their lead to 42-22 with eight minutes standing between them and the regional finals.
Mansfield managed to outscore the Lady Eagles 11-7 in the final quarter but Paris’ earlier lead enabled them to hold on for the 49-33 victory and a chance to play in the finals.
Paris 17 15 10 7 — 49
Mansfield 2 13 7 11 — 33
Paris (26-5): Peevy 12, Highfield 9, C.Huber 9, M.Huber 8, Tencleve 6, Simmons 2, Diaz 2, Crawford 1.
Mansfield (17-14): Pyles 13, Strunk 4, Reano 4, K.Ward 3, Farrish 3, Grady 3, McKay 1, Ward 1.
After finishing second in the district tournament, the Lady Eagles had to take on the host team Elkins Lady Elks in the opening round of the regional tournament. Knowing the Lady Elks would be tough to beat on their own court, the Lady Eagles put on their game faces and went to work.
Senior Christa Huber took her senior leadership role seriously in this game, leading the Lady Eagles with 20 points as the Lady Elks put the squeeze on Paris’ inside game. Working hard, the Lady Eagles took an early lead over the Lady Elks, 12-9 after the first quarter of play.
Elkins came back strong in the second quarter and by the time the eight minutes had expired the two teams were tied at 19-19 going into the halftime break.
Paris made some adjustments during the halftime break and came out with a vengeance in the third quarter pumping in 20 points to Elkins’ 14 to gain a lead that they would not give up.
Adding 17 more points in the fourth quarter while Elkins managed only 11 gave the Lady Eagles a 56-44 win and put them in the semifinal game against conference rival Mansfield.
Elkins 9 10 14 11 — 44
Paris 12 7 20 17 — 56
Elkins (16-7): Wilson 19, Krodell 9, Johnson 6, Pitts 3, Welch 3, Hendrix 2, Fields 2
Paris (25-5): C.Huber 20, Peevy 12, Highfield 12, M.Huber 6, Tencleve 4, Diaz 2