Three pointers and free throws in the fourth quarter game the Lamar Warriors the edge they needed over the Paris Eagles in the final conference game of the season for the two teams. Paris played hard and hung with the Warriors through the first three quarters but could not overcome Lamar’s fourth quarter surge, losing 71-63.
Both the Eagles and the Warriors came out playing hard and pushing the ball up and down the court. Both squads matched each other basket for basket and at the end of the eight minutes it was the Warriors who finished on top with a 18-17 lead.
Paris struggled a bit in the second quarter and Lamar got back to back three pointers from Brady Taylor to give them a 17-12 edge over the Eagles and take a 35-29 lead at the midway point.
The Eagles came back to the floor in the third quarter and did a much better job of getting to the boards for rebounds and second shot attempts. Devin Rice led the Eagles with six points in the quarter as Paris outscored the Warriors 16-14 with one quarter of play remaining.
Lamar put their big players in the paint in the final quarter and kept the Eagles from getting rebounds and extra shots. This led to a 22-18 quarter for the Warriors and a nine point victory over the Eagles to finish up the regular season.
The Eagles will be in action this week in the district tournament at Lamar. Going in as the number six seed in the tournament, the Eagles will take on the number seven seed on Monday evening at 8:30. In order to continue playing in the district tournament and to advance to the regional tournament, the Eagles will need to win at least two games.
LHS 18 17 14 22 - 71
PHS 17 12 16 18 - 63
LHS—Parmenter 4, McCarly 18, Taylor 12, Jones 14, Kern 7, Killough 7, Sampley 9
PHS—Buchanan 4, Nehus 14, Fitzjurls 12, Rice 11, Forbis 16, Hatcher 2, Hutson 4