Shooting 13 free throws (making nine) in the final three minutes of the game, the Lamar Lady Warriors came from behind to hand the Paris Lady Eagles a 40-36 loss in the finals of the district tournament at Lamar last Friday.
The Lady Eagles, led by Christa Huber with 11 points, came out and took control of the ball and the game in the opening quarter pumping in 17 points to take an eight point lead after the first eight minutes.
Lamar made some defensive adjustments in the second quarter and slowed the Lady Eagles down holding them to just five points but Paris continued to do their job and kept the Lady Warriors to only five points as well. At the halftime break Paris was sitting on a 22-14 lead.
After the halftime break, the Lady Eagles were slowed even more by the Lady Warriors, and Paris’ big inside player Lycia Peevy was sitting on the bench in foul trouble. Lamar took advantage of the inside opening and took the ball to the hoop pumping in 12 points while the Lady Eagles added only six to their total bringing the score to 28-26 going into the final quarter of play.
Lamar continued to go inside in the fourth quarter and drew fouls on the Lady Eagles getting trips to the free throw line and by hitting nine of their 13 attempts overtook the Lady Eagles to finish the game with a four point lead and the district tournament title.
Both Paris and Lamar will be in action this week when they take part in the regional tournament at Elkins. Paris goes in as the number two seed and will face the Lady Elks in the first round while the Lady Warriors are the number one seed and will face West Fork.
LHS 9 5 12 14 - 40
PHS 17 5 6 8 - 36
LHS—Shaw 15, Thomas 13, Morgan 7, Frost 3, Hignight 2
PHS—C. Huber 11, Highfield 10, Peevy 8, M. Huber 4, Tencleve 2, Simmons 1