With the final two games of the regular season at home, the Lady Eagles had the opportunity last week to showcase their stellar season before the home crowd before hitting the road for postseason play
Booneville was the first to come to town, and the first set was a perfect indication of the bounce-back effort of this team following the close loss in the championship game of their tournament days earlier.
To be clear, they cleared the court in the opening set, winning 25-9. In the second, some stellar defensive play and a few mental miscues from the Lady Eagles let Booneville almost even the game, but a strong late push gave the set to the Lady Eagles win in extra points, 29-27. After a 25-12 third set sweep, the Lady Eagles focused on Senior night last Thursday against rival Charleston.
Pregame festivities honored 11 young ladies who would play their last game on the home court in Paris. Many had hoped that Paris might be able to get a lead and let the seniors play together for a final set, but that is not how Coach K Wes Davis had things planned. Win or lose in the opening set, it was going to be an all senior rotation. It was impressive to see young ladies, many playing with different partners in the rotation than usual, fight their way through adversity, communicate and encourage each other to a first set win 25-22. From there, they made quick work of the Lady Tigers and swept in three sets.
Paris heads to the post season tournaments with an overall record of 29-2-1 and is now the top-rated team in their classification in the state of Arkansas. The district tournament is this week in Mansfield with the State Tournament in Hoxie the following week.