The Paris Lady Eagles started their week on the road at Charleston, and it was a night to forget.
Nothing was working for them offensively and add in a 13-of-16 performance from behind the arc from the Lady Tigers, the Magnificent Seven never got into the game. It was a 67-28 blowout in the end, and the Lady Eagles had to turn around for the Senior Night against 4A Booneville on Friday.
Though they had a lopsided win over them earlier in the year, the Lady Eagles were bringing a new look. The Magnificent Seven was no more. The bench was full, as the freshman moved up and suddenly it looked like the Lady Eagles bench we see during volleyball season.
Though only one saw the floor against Booneville, that one, Jadyn Hart, was a difference maker. She was fresh off of a successful run in the Junior Eagles campaign and ready to contribute. The addition of an assertive player to this team changed the potential.
On this night it was not Kieli Robinson that led the scoring column, but Lexi Lee. Lanes opened as Hart shut down the right-handed dominant guard play. They only tried to go to her side twice, both resulting in turnovers and points for the Eagles. Passing lanes opened up that were not there as the defense tried to cover a new scoring threat. On this night it was Lexy Lee that would match her previous 23-point output against Booneville. The scoring was balanced with Robinson and Hart both contributing, seeing the floor and taking their shots.
The Lady Eagles dominated, winning 55-36 while playing everyone, including three-sport exchange student Maria Olivera. TheLady Eagles face Jessieville in the opening round of the District Tournament, an opponent they have not faced under the blended conference scheduling.
If they can pull off that win, they will advance although they played most of their season with a six-player roster.