After struggling and losing an important conference game a week earlier, the Lady Eagles needed to get back on track and did just that with very important conference wins over the Atkins Lady Red Devils and the Two Rivers Lady Gators.
Senior Christa Huber had her best game of the season against the Lady Red Devils, pumping in 22 points to lead her team to the 49-45 road victory.
After the first eight minutes of play the Lady Eagles were sitting on a slim four point lead but the Lady Red Devils cut that deficit to only one by the halftime break, outscoring Paris 9-6 in the second quarter to bring the score to 22-21 at the midway point.
Kytan Tencleve hit two three pointers late in the third quarter to give the Lady Eagles a 14-10 advantage and push their lead back to five with one quarter of play remaining in the game.
Atkins outscored the Lady Eagles 14-13 in the final eight minutes but it was the Lady Eagles free throw shooting that kept them in the game and enabled them to get the important conference victory.
AHS 12 9 10 14 - 45
PHS 16 6 14 13 - 49
AHS—Mitchell 2, Ward 7, Webb 11, Rehm 2, Reel 8, Harvell 4, Bobo 7, Mize 4
PHS—Peevy 12, Tencleve 7, Huber 22, Highfield 4, Simmons 4
The Lady Gators of Two Rivers came to Eagle Gymnasium on Friday night to take on the Lady Eagles on Winter Court night. Although the Lady Gators have good sized players with talent, they were not able to get the ball to the hole and the Lady Eagles crashed the boards
Junior Hannah Simmons was a force in the paint pulling down multiple rebounds and giving the Lady Eagles extra shot opportunities while limiting the Lady Gators to single shot attempts.
Simmons’ presence in the paint allowed the Lady Eagles to jump out to a 13-2 lead after the first eight minutes of play. Paris continued to pump in the points in the second quarter and by the time the halftime break rolled around were sitting on a 32-7 lead over the Lady Gators.
The Lady Eagles picked up right where they left off in the third quarter and tacked on another 13 to their total while holding the Lady Gators to only four. The 45-11 lead meant that the game would be finished under the sportsmanship rule with the clock running continuously in the final quarter.
With the clock running, the Lady Eagles were able to put some different combinations of players on the court and were able to finish the game by adding another 11 points to their total. Two Rivers continued to struggle on their shots and added only three to their total for a 42 point victory for the Lady Eagles.
TRHS 2 5 4 3 - 14
PHS 13 19 13 11 - 56
TRHS—Lampkins 6, Lancaster 2, Keys 1, Bard 5
PHS—Peevy 6, Tencleve 8, Huber 14, Highfield 7, Simmons 2, DIaz 11, Crawford 6, Hatcher 2
The Lady Eagles have two weeks of conference play remaining and will travel to Mansfield on Tuesday night and will host the Charleston Lady Tigers on Friday night. With district tournament just around the corner, the Lady Eagles need to finish strong in the conference to earn a high seed in the tournament as they work to get back to the Regional tournament.