PARIS, Ill. (WPRS)-The Paris Lady Tigers snapped a two-game conference losing skid with a 50-33 victory of the Charleston Trojans.
Even though the margin was double digits, it was not an easy victory for the Tigers.
Charleston started the game with a three-pointer from Madison Spence, but then the Tigers attacked the paint and capitalized off second chance opportunities and missed free throws to take a 14-9 lead after one. Both teams struggled in the second quarter, only scoring a combined nine points. The Tigers were able to extend the lead to 20-12 going into the half.
The second half saw ups and downs for both teams. The Trojans fed the ball to Megan O'Dell with an early three, but Paris took a timeout and regrouped. The tactic worked as the Tigers were able to go inside, attack the basket, draw fouls and go to the line taking a 32-20 lead. Charleston Coach Jeff Miller was charged with a technical and Madison Spence knocked down a three and the Trojans clawed back to five with a 9-2 run.
Paris took complete control late as Alexis Barnes and Allison Englum comibined for 11 of the teams 16 fourth-quarter points, and Kati Johnson added a late three to put the game out of Charleston's reach. Paris improves to 11-7 and 4-4 in Apollo Conference play.
The JV game saw another big victory for the Lady Tigers as they won their fourth straight game by double digits, with a 54-12 win over Charleston.
Paris will travel Monday to Effingham, where the Tigers have lost both games this season and four straight against the Hearts. The game will be heard on Paris Country 1440 and wprsam.com.
Charleston 9 3 17 4 -33
Paris 14 6 14 16-50
Charleston 13-27 48%
Paris 14-21 66%
Charleston 4-20 25%
Paris 15-33 45%
Charleston 4-12 33%
Paris 2-13 15%
Barnes 13 Pts.
A. Englum 12
M. Englum, Rios, Hamilton-0 Pts.
Cates, Tyler, Temples-DNP
O'Dell 10 pts.