Paris boys basketball led 20-16 at the half, but were unable to hold on to the lead, falling to the South Shelby Cardinals 49-39. The Coyotes slip to 1-4 with the loss.
"We continue to play only a portion of a ball game," Coyotes' coach Wade Billington said. "This makes our fifth game of the season and in all five contests we have started great."
The Coyotes outscored the Cardinals 17-14 in the fourth quarter but had been held to just two-points in the third quarter while the Cardinals scored 19.
"In the last three game we have allowed teams to go on a run about midway through the second quarter and either pull away or pull back into a ball game," Billington said. "For the third game in a row we have come out flat in the third quarter and the third quarter cost us last night when South Shelby went on a 19-2 run.
"We played well again the fourth quarter but the deficit got too large for us to overcome."
Brant Francis scored 13 points on 5-9 shooting and recorded six rebounds to lead the Coyotes in scoring. Slater Stone had five points and six rebounds. Laine Forrest contributed four points and four rebounds and Bryce Ensor had four points.
"If we can put together complete ball games mentally, improve on scoring the basketball, eliminate unforced turnovers and improve on rebounding we will become a competitive team," Billington said. "Right now we are struggling to put a full game together in those three areas."