Paris, Scranton boys basketball teams win two games apiece

Jamie Varnell
Paris Express
Sam Muldrow fills the stat sheet in Eagles wins.

Area teams have hit the homestretch as they work through the remaining games toward the postseason. Junior High and freshman seasons are almost concluded and will allow players to move to and expanded varsity roster if warranted.

For the Paris Eagles, it was a three-game week.  They opened at home against Hackett, and as would be the theme for their week, the young players were on display. Sam Muldrow and Jesse Wells both scored 11 points as the Eagles picked up a much-needed 44-36 win.

Thursday was a makeup match against Cossatot River. Sam Muldrow led the way with 16, and Wells repeated his performance with another 11 points. Juan Santos joined them in double figures, adding 10 points in the 54-50 win.

They closed out the week against a very underrated Danville team. The Little Johns like to throw the alley-oop back cute to their athletes, and it was a hard fought game throughout. Danville pulled away late for the 54-49 win. Jesse Wells had the hot hand, scoring 24, while Muldrow scored 16 in the loss. 

Paris will host rival Charleston Tuesday evening before making the long drive south to play Cossatot River on Friday night.

The Lady Eagles had three players scoring in double figures in a 54-31 win against Hackett as Jadyn Hart led the way with 17 points, Karsyn Tencleve added 13, and Brailey Forst 10.

They only had two games during the week, having played Cossatot River earlier in the season. The Lady Eagles travelled to Danville to face the top ranked team in  the conference. Scoring was at a premium, as Jadyn Hart and Rachel O'Neal combined for 15 of the Lady Eagle's 19 points on the evening. Paris fell decidedly, 43-19.

For the Scranton Rockets, the momentum finally shifted their way. After falling short at home against Mt. Vernon 55-71, they pulled off their first conference win on the road at Oark. The Rockets won 74-57 for their highest scoring output of the season. It lasted a day, as the momentum carried over for a 75-50 win against visiting Western Yell. They will host Sacred Hart before travelling to Western Yell this week.

The Lady Rockets were unable to play a game last week do to COVID-19 restrictions but are expected to be back in action this week. 

The Subiaco Trojans went on the road to Heber Springs. The Trojans (9-6, 4-4) rolled over the 0-19 Panthers, 72-35. The win keeps the Trojans in the middle of the pack in conference play as they head to Clarksville and host Ozark in key matchups.

The County Line Indians had a busy three game week. They opened in conference play against The Ozark Catholic Griffins. County was challenged in the game, something of a rarity for them in conference play, but held on for the 55-49.

They hosted The St. Paul Saints on Thursday in another conference matchup. This one was never close, as the Indians showed why they are on the top of the conference standings, winning decidedly, 49-19.

To end the week, the Indians stepped outside the conference to take on Mount Vernon. The Indians continued to cruise, taking the home matchup 88-62. They hit the stretch run undefeated in conference play.

County Line  will open this week at The New School, the second place team in conference play who's only loss is to the Indians. County Line will close out their week in non-conference against the Thaden Barn Owls.

The Lady Indians took down Ozark Catholic 52-24. Jayleigh Smith had the hot hand for the Lady Indians, pouring in 25 points. The offense struggled against St. Paul, as the Lady Indians mustered a mere 18 points in the loss. In their second game of back-to-back nights, they stepped out of conference play to host Mount Vernon. Again, the offense never got rolling like it did earlier in the week, and the Lady Indians (9-14, 6-3) lost 51-23.   Their schedule will mirror the boys this week.