MANSFIELD — Paris kept hope alive to share in the 3A-4 championship this year, grinding out a tough 51-40 win against Mansfield on Wednesday in a makeup game.
Paris (21-5, 11-2) was playing its third game in four days due to making up postponed games.
Mansfield (13-11, 4-8) was as close as 38-33 after a basket inside by Samantha Stipens. But Paris freshman Lycia Peevy scored eight straight points to spark a run that pushed Paris up, 44-33, with three minutes to play.
Peevy had 23 points to lead all scorers. Morgan Highfield had 13 and Christa Huber 10 for Paris.
“(Peevy) had one of her better games tonight,” Paris coach Toby Tevebaugh said. “When she makes up her mind to play hard, she is so quick and agile in there that she is hard to stop. She did a good job defensively and on the board too.”
Paris gets today off and hosts Lamar in a 3A-4 title match Friday. Lamar holds the tiebreaker edge for the No. 1 seed, but Paris can still be co-champions with a win.
“We’re not worried about the 1 or 2 seed, it doesn’t make that much difference,” Tevebaugh said. “But we made winning a conference championship one of our goals before the season and this was a big win keep us with that chance.”
Mansfield was led by Kaylie Pyles with 12 and Rhianna Farrish hit two 3-pointers and had 10.
Mansfield 53, Paris 52
BOYS — Mansfield (9-13, 5-7) still has a shot at a No. 3 seed at next week’s district tournament after a win against Paris.
“We have to win our last two games, but that No. 3 spot is a big spot,” Mansfield coach Floyd Fisher said. “You get a night off if you get in that game. This was a good win for us.”
Sophomore Tyler Hearron drove inside and scored in the final seconds for the winning bucket when Paris couldn’t answer at the buzzer.
“He is a sophomore and is getting more confident,” Fisher said. “Tyler saw an opening and he made a good play.”
Tyler James had 15 points and Carl Jones had 11 for Mansfield.
Wyatt Nehus led Paris with 11 points and Jordan Forbis had 10 for the Eagles.