The Lady Eagles enjoyed a week of home games to start the new year.
Cedarville visited on Tuesday evening, Jan. 9, and the tough competition and steady schedule throughout the Holiday Tournament season is paying dividends.
The Lady Eagles’ Magnificent Seven has proven they are a tough opponent in the 3A division. Against Cedarville, the Lady Eagles ran out to an early first-half lead and never looked back. They cruised to a 20-point win, 55-35. Kieli Robinson again led the way with 29 points, but strong support from Lexy Lee with 14 and Sadie Stark with 12 points put the game out of reach.
Last Friday night, rival Charleston came to town as a heavy favorite. As has happened many times this season, the Lady Eagles started out slow and found themselves in a hole early. They trailed 9-0 before they ever found the bottom of the net, and struggled to a 31-17 halftime deficit.
When the second half opened, they found their stroke, outscoring Charleston 16-8 in the third quarter. In the end, they could not overcome the slow start and dropped a close one, 56-50. From the moment they broke into the scoring column, Paris was the stronger team. Kieli Robinson scored 35 points, but most impressive was her 19 of 21 from the free throw line. Lee added another eight points in the loss. True to her style, Lee drove to the basket all evening, working hard in the paint, where she gives up a significant size advantage. Her development in the offseason has been a pivotal piece in the team development this year.
Up next is a road trip to Booneville before hosting Ozark Friday night.
The Lady Eagles find themselves with a 9-10 record with a slate of very winnable home games remaining.