PARIS LADY COYOTES: The Paris Lady Coyotes played the opening game of the Monroe City tournament Tuesday with a close game against Marceline with Paris coming out on top 57-55. Neither team outscored the other by more than 3 points in any quarter. Both teams played in a very fast pace in the first quarter. Each team had several turnovers and played sloppy at times, but were aggressive. "We needed to get our identity back and establish it early in the game," said Paris coach Chris Willingham. The Coyotes struggled allowing a lot of easy baskets and free throws from Marceline. "We didn't do a great job of communicating and it showed," said Willingham. During the second quarter both teams backed off the intense pace and played more solid half court basketball. Paris did a much better job defensively in the second quarter, cutting Marceline's production from 21 points to 9. The game was tied at 30 all at the half. Early in the second quarter, Payton Gruber hit a layup to give her 11 points on the night. That shot pushed her over 1,000 points for her career. "I and her teammates are very proud of her accomplishment. She has worked extremely hard during her career to reach that goal and we are thrilled for her," said her coach. Gruber is only the sixth girl in Paris history to score 1,000 points in her career.
The second half of the game was similar to the first, back and forth, with mini-runs from both teams. Paris pulled ahead by 8 points with about a minute left in the third quarter only to see Marceline make a run and cut the lead to 2 points entering the fourth. Marceline played well early in the fourth and jumped ahead to take a 4 point lead with around 2 minutes left. From there Paris made some very clutch stops on defense and clutch shots and free throws on offense. Dede Bounds hit two key free throws to gut Paris within 3. The Coyotes also made a good stand on defense and then Payton Gruber hit a 3-pointer to tie the game. Marceline hit a shot to pull ahead by 2 and then Haley Fredrick went to the line and sank two big free throws for Paris. One more stop on defense and two more big free thows by Fredrick sealed the win for Paris in a hard fought game. "I am very proud of our team for our effort and our focus in such a hard fought tough game. We had great contributions throughout our lineup," said the Paris coach.
Kaylee Callison had a big game, as well as Josey Ball, said the coach. "It was a solid team effort," he added.
CENTRALIA TOURNAMENT: The basketball girls tournament continued Wednesday night with the following results:
Centralia 61, Southern Boone 30. Centralia jumped out to a double-digit lead early in the second quarter. They closed out the game by going 21/27 from the free throw line. Krista Armontrout scored 20 points for Centralia; while Holly Guffey scored 8 for Southern Boone.
Page 2 of 2 - Boonville 51, Hallsville 48. Hallsville closed the gap in the fourth quarter, after trailing most of the game, to force the game into overtime. Both teams had two players in double figures. For Hallsville, Jordan Dinyer scored 22 points while Michelle Gall had 12. For Boonville, Morgan Edwards had 16 points and Millie Moyer scored 11.
Macon 41, Sturgeon 27. The difference in this game came in the second quarter when Macon outscored Sturgeon by double digits and controlled the game from there on out. For Sturgeon Molly Gregory scored 10 points while teammate Bridgett Arens scored 7. For Macon, Trinity Rainey scored 16 and Valerie Schmidt had 9 points.
North Callaway 50, Salisbury 38. Second seed North Callaway used strong second and third quarters to open up the eventual margin of victory against the third seed Salisbury. This was Salisbury's first loss. North Callaway had two players in double figures, Maddie Sorell scored 21 points, while Elaine Brinker scored 15 and had 6 assists and was a co-leader in rebounds with Kelsey Coil and Tara Oberlag with 8 each. For Salisbury, Hannah Nicolay had 11 points, and Sabrina Burris scored 6. "It was a good team effort with everybody contributing even those coming off the bench. We want to keep improving every game," said North Callaway Coach Jack Peace.
North Callaway, 5-0, will play for the championship at 8 p.m. Friday against the No. 4 seed Macon who upset the top seed Sturgeon on Tuesday night.
NORTH CALLAWAY JV: North Callaway's junior varsity boys and girls traveled to Harrisburg Tuesday. The girls lost 44-17. Erinn Bush scored 8 points for the Ladybirds. The boys lost 53-41 with Stephen Coleman scoring 11 points for the Thunderbirds.
The freshmen and JV play at 10 a.m. Saturday at New Haven.