PARIS GIRLS: Senior night was held Tuesday for the Paris High School Lady Coyotes when they were hosts to Fayette. Coach Chris Willingham reports the team had solid contributions from everyone.
"Our seniors stepped up and played very well. Those young ladies have worked extremely hard for our program for the past four years and deserved to finish their home basketball careers on a high note. Our underclassmen played a big part in their success this season and during the game," said the coach. He added he was proud of the girls for their effort. Paris defeated Fayette 57-32.
The Lady Coyotes had a good first quarter offensively but struggled defensively. To Fayette's credit they did a very good job offensively and do some things that make them hard to guard.
"In the second quarter, partly to my fault, I challenged the girls to pick up the defense and be very aggressive on offense. I could see it in our team that we were trying so hard to extend the lead and get on track on both ends," said Willingham.
The coach said the Lady Coyotes try hard to make things happen, and forced the issue far to much on both ends. With that said, Paris took a 4- point lead into the locker room at half.
At halftime the team talked about a few adjustments and getting refocused on the rest of the game. "We came out and played a great half of basketball," said Willingham.
Offensively and defensively the coach said his team played very good basketball. Paris took a 16-point lead into the fourth quarter and extended it for a 25-point win.
"It was a special night for the team and for me personally as it was my 100th career varsity win. All the credit for that goes to the young ladies and young men that I have had the opportunity to coach. This group of seniors and this basketball team in particular have been a part of a lot of those wins. This group of seniors has been a part of 55 of those wins during the past four seasons. It has been a true pleasure to coach these seniors and I am very excited about what could be in store for the rest of our season," Willingham said.
Paris had two players in double figures. Payton Gruber scored 13, while Kaylee Callison put in 11 points. Dede Bounds led the team in rebounds, pulling down 12, while teammate Haley Fredrick had 9 rebounds. Fredrick also led the team with 5 steals. Lauren Embree came up with 4 steals.
The Lady Coyotes are 15-9 overall and 6-3 in conference play.
SCORE BY QUARTERS:
NORTH CALLAWAY GIRLS: North Callaway hosted South Callaway Thursday night. South Callaway won 53-43. Halfway through the third quarter NorCal cut the lead to 26-25, but South Callaway from there outscored North Callaway 10-0 to take control of the game going into the 4th quarter.
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South Callaway: 14-10-13-17
North Callaway: 8-11-6-18
For South Callaway, Taylor Howard had 20 points, 14 in the second half and was 8 of 10 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter. The South Callaway team scored five 3-pointers in the game.
For North Callaway, Vada Gray scored 23 points, Kelsey Coil 9, and Maddie Sorrell led the team with 12 rebounds.
"I have to give South Callaway credit. They played really well and shot the ball well," said coach Jack Peace.
North Callaway's record is 14-9 and South Callaway's is 8-15.
The North Callaway junior varsity girls hosted Mexico with a final score Mexico 28, NorCal 22. For Mexico Riley Greenwell was high scorer with 10 points. Kaley Sommer had 6 points for North Callaway.
North Callaway varsity plays tonight – senior night and also for the girls it's cancer awareness night. Junior varsity plays at 5 p.m., varsity girls at 6:30 and varsity boys at 8 p.m.
The North Callaway junior varsity boys traveled to Missouri Military Academy and played the MMA varsity squad. NorCal won 41-24. Steven Coleman scored 14 points for North Callaway. Sander and Darnana scored 5 apiece for MMA.
North Callaway's freshman boys played MMA's junior varsity team, winning 17-14. Manzel Payne scored 7 for NorCal and Dawson scored 8 for MMA.
COMMUNITY R-6 GIRLS: Emmalee McCoskey had another dominating performance Tuesday for the Lady Trojans turning in another double/double with 17 points and 11 rebounds when R-6 defeated the Montgomery County Lady Wildcats 44-23. Freshman point guard Danielle Brooks also had a solid game scoring 11 points.
The Lady Trojans are 14-8 on the season and 6-2 in conference.
SCORE BY QUARTER:
Community R-6: 9-13-8-14
Montgomery County: 3-10-6-4
JUNIOR VARSITY: The JV girls finished their season at 6-5 and had a great year growing a lot as individual players. Morgan Kuda led the Lady Trojans in scoring with 8 points.