Coming off a not so productive third quarter, the Lady Eagles kept pace with an eStem team that was looking to end what had been a dream season for the Paris squad. With only a few seconds remaining and the score tied at 54-54, eStem took the ball to their end of the court and an off-balance ugly shot by Sandra Mooney put eStem ahead by two with 3.2 seconds left in the game.
Coach Toby Tevebaugh called back to back time outs to set up a play that would hopefully tie the game or give the Lady Eagles the victory and put them in the 3A state finals. Bringing the ball quickly across midcourt, Christa Huber passed the ball off to freshman Lycia Peevy who had a wide open shot but the ball bounced off the back of the rim as they final buzzer sounded ending Paris’ dream season.
McWilliams had the hot hand for eStem and led her team with 24 points. Despite getting a player in McWilliams’ face, the Lady Eagles could not seem to stop McWilliams.
Paris came out with a good game plan and in addition to taking the ball to the basket did an excellent job rebounding and limiting eStem to single shot attempts. After one quarter of play the Lady Eagles were sitting on a slim 17-14 lead.
Continuing to play aggressive ball, the Lady Eagles knocked down several three pointers in the second quarter and were able to outscore eStem 13-10 to take a 30-24 lead into the locker room at the break.
On several occasions during the season, the Lady Eagles have had not so productive third quarters. This game was no exception as the Lady Eagles managed to score only eight points while eStem pumped in 14 to tie the score at 38-38 with one quarter left to play.
Peevy worked her way to the basket to begin the scoring for the Lady Eagles in the fourth quarter. Each time the Lady Eagles scored, eStem came right back with a basket of their own keeping the game very close and intense. With 30 seconds to play, Peevy went to the basket but was whistled for a charge giving eStem the ball and a chance to overtake the lead.
Mooney, who had not made a shot previously in the game got the ball and after juggling the ball a bit threw up a shot that bounced around the rim and fell through giving eStem the two point lead and the Lady Eagles with only 3.2 seconds to try to tie or win the game.
Paris 17 13 8 16 - 54
eStem 14 10 14 18 - 56
Paris—Peevy 20, Highfield 16, C. Huber 11, Tencleve 5, M. Huber 2
eStem—McWilliams 24, Hayes 16, Mosler 14, Mooney 2