Area Teams Enter Conference Play

Jamie Varnell
Paris Express

As the semester winds down for the students, the basketball conference play begins for the area teams. For the Paris Eagles, the roster expanded with the football season now over and more athletes joining the team. They faced Dardanelle in a tough non-conference matchup Monday night. The depth did not help Paris as they fell to the Sand Lizards on the road, 42-66. They followed it up a night later at home hosting Lavaca. Paris held on for the 6 point win, 53-47. Friday night they hosted Waldron in the conference opener. Waldron was both tall and speedy, and the Eagles had very few answers in the backcourt. The bright spot on the evening was Mequiel Ellingburg, who is in his first week on the team following football.  He scored 18 points in the paint, physically imposing his will inside. Paris, however, had no answers on the perimeter and lost a lopsided contest 56-73.

The Lady Eagles enjoyed some success last week. They opened with a win over Dardanelle, led by Jaydn Hart scoring 10 points and Brailey Forst adding 8 points and 11 rebounds in the 34-23 win.  They only had two games as teams still shuffle around and try to stay healthy. They opened their conference play with a comeback win over Waldron. Again it was Jadyn Hart leading the way with 16 points and Forst with 15 points. Head Coach Donald Hart said he was proud of his team fighting their way back for the win, but they have a lot of things to clean up. “We have to clean up some missed defensive assignments and had too many unforced turnovers. Jadyn and Brailey played big for us down the stretch. We need to keep that momentum from them heading into the break.” The Lady Eagles won 42-36 and moved to 5-2 on the season. Paris has two conference matchups on the calendar this week, traveling to Hackett Tuesday and hosting Danville Friday. They will then have 10 days off for the holidays before returning to the court to host JC Westside on December 28.

Scranton has entered conference play as well, and the schedule is stacked. It will feature several teams they usually do not see until the postseason. They hosted both games, facing Wonderview in the early week game. It was a long night for the Rockets as they fell 71-48 to the Daredevils. Friday night against Mt. Vernon, they were much more competitive, but dropped the game by ten points, 64-54. 

The Lady Rockets jumped out to a very strong start in conference play.  They followed up their opening win against Mount Judea with a win over perennial postseason challenger Wonderview. Libby Kremer threw around every ounce of her 4’11” frame, hit 5 of 6 from deep and scored 17 points in the 42-34 win. Kayla Siebenmorgan was also in double figures scoring for the Lady Rockets. On Friday night, they hosted Mt. Vernon, and after a 10-10 opening period, it was all Lady Warhawks as they rolled to a 50-20 final.  Scranton has just one game scheduled this week, with a home game against conference for Oark on December 15th. They will then be off till they host Western Yell in a revenge game on January 7th.

County Line boys and girls teams both won their matchup against Northwest Arkansas Classical Academy. The Lady Indians cruised to a 54-29 win while the boys put on a scoring display, winning 71-43. It was the highest scoring output from the Indians this season.  They will play two games this week, hosting conference opponent Ozark Catholic on the 15th and traveling to JC Westside for a non-conference game Friday, December 18th.  Both County Line teams are currently 1-0 in conference play.