The Lady Eagles knew that the games they would face last week were against teams they would not see in the postseason but would showcase their growth as a team.
On Tuesday, Dec. 16 they traveled to Booneville and showed the defensive potential that this team exemplifies. They held the Lady Bearcats scoring to a minimum, never allowing more than 10 points in a quarter while posting 17 of their own in the first. In the second half, they stepped it up a notch, allowing only five fourth-quarter points en route to a 51-36 win. Lexy Lee led the way with 21 points, while Kieli Robinson added 19.
Friday night, Dec. 19, after the Winter Court ceremonies, the boys took the court for the early game, meaning the Lady Eagles were the late game of the night, facing undefeated 4A opponent Ozark. The Lady Eagles already had two losses on the books to Ozark but played a close one on the road in their last contest. Ozark is talented, deep, and can shoot from the perimeter like no other team Paris faces.
Paris’ Magnificent Seven lived up to the task, playing in a 2-3 zone most of the night and helping from the backside to limit the perimeter opportunities of the Lady Hillbillies. Paris kept it ugly and scrappy in the first half, though they trailed the entire way.
After trailing by double-digits most of the second half, they found their rhythm offensively in the fourth quarter and took the lead with under two minutes remaining. Paris had multiple opportunities in the final minute but just could not get the calls to go their way. Robinson put up a short runner under heavy contact as time expired that rolled off the backside of the rim.
Undefeated Ozark escaped with their record intact, happy to simply escape the incredible effort from the Lady Eagles, 42-40. It was a balanced scoring attack from the Eagles in the loss.
Up next is a home game against Mansfield and a second home game against Waldron Friday night.