The Paris Lady Eagles have fought through a shorthanded roster and learning a new system to post respectable results to open the season.
With primarily only five players seeing the floor most nights, the Lady Eagles must rely on defense and conditioning to find their way.
Against Two Rivers, the short bench was an issue and scoring was at a premium. The Lady Eagles scoring came from juniors Kieli Robinson and Lexi Lee.
Paris kept the pressure on as best they could, but in the second half, Two Rivers pulled away for a lopsided 64-40 win. Robinson and Lee combined for most of the scoring, a trend that would continue as they hosted local rival County Line over the Thanksgiving break.
Facing County Line, the Lady Eagles were able to maintain intensity and pressure, and again getting points in bunches from Robinson and Lee.
In the end, the Lady Eagles pulled out the 52-45 win, a final that is not indicative of how well the Lady Eagles played. For much of the second half, Paris led by double figures before giving up points late, securing the win.
On this night, the story was Lexi Lee who had 25 points. Robinson controlled the pace of play and added plenty of scoring on her own, adding 21.
Robinson and Lee combined for 46 of the 52 points scored.
The Lady Eagles are developing under first-year coach Dustin Williams, learning to find their roles and to find the hot hand each night.
The short bench has brought out the best in many of the young ladies who will continue to be competitive in conference play.
Up next is a home game against Atkins before a week off and traveling to Waldron.