After beating the Danville Junior Little Johns in the semifinals of the junior high district tournament by a slime five point margin, the junior Paris Eagles came from behind to beat the junior Lavaca Arrows 49-43 to capture the junior District Championship title.
Because Mother Nature sent a wintry storm mix to the area on the week of the junior high district tournament, some finagling and moving of venues had to be done in order to get the tournament played in just two days time.
The junior Eagles had finished the regular season as the conference champions and for their first game of the tournament took on the Mansfield Tigers who they beat rather easily moving them on to the semifinal game where they would take on the Danville junior Little Johns.
The junior Eagles had a rough start against the junior Little Johns and found themselves down by eight after the first quarter of play and by five at the halftime break.
Fortunately, the junior Eagles had a much better second half on both ends of the floor and came back with 19 points in the third quarter while holding Danville to only five the gain a 36-27 lead going into the final six minutes of the game.
Danville bounced back in the fourth quarter and pumped in 14 points but the junior Eagles added 10 to their total which gave them a five point victory over the junior Little Johns and a berth to the finals of the tournament.
DJHS 12 10 5 14 - 41
PJHS 4 13 19 10 - 46
PJHS—Atchison 17, Drewry 2, Robinson 8, Graham 4, Taylor 8, Trusty 2, Rainwater 5
In the finals, the junior Eagles took on the junior Lavaca Arrows whom they had beaten in the final game of the regular season to capture the conference championship. Talik Robinson was an unstoppable force for the Eagles in the first game but the junior Arrows changed up their defense in the tournament finals and held Robinson to only 10 points. Tyler Atchison had the hot hand for the junior Eagles in the finals pumping in 18 points to lead the junior Eagles to the 49-43 six point championship.
Lavaca took control in the opening quarter and when the time had expired was sitting on a five point lead with a score of 16-11.
The junior Eagles came back in the second quarter to outscore the junior Arrows 13-11 but Lavaca still had the slight lead of 27-24 going into the midway point of the game.
Keeping the game interesting, the junior Arrows maintained their lead through the third quarter and by the time the quarter expired had outscored the junior Eagles 11-10 to extend that lead to four with one quarter of play remaining.
Atchison got hot in the fourth quarter, hitting some big three pointers to light a spark for the junior Eagles who outscored the junior Arrows 15-5 in the fourth period to come from behind to capture the six point victory and the district championship trophy.
LJHS 16 11 11 5 - 43
PJHS 11 13 10 15 - 49
PJHS—Atchison 18, Robinson 10, Graham 8, Raylor 6, Trusty 4, Rainwater 3