As the opening contest of the Gary Filbert varsity basketball Classic on Saturday at Mexico, the Paris girls didn't disappoint, beating a red-hot North Callaway squad 48-44.

"We were consistent throughout the game rebounding the ball. That was the main thing," said Paris coach Garrett Thomas. "In the first half they got us a little bit on the offensive boards, but in the second half we were able to keep their post players away from the basket. I also liked how physical we were inside. I thought we were able to get a lot of easy shots around the basket. hen you keep the ball around the basket you can score a lot more, so that helped."

For the Lady Coyotes, this was their ninth win in-a-row. They're also undefeated this season in Lewis and Clark conference play.

The Ladybirds also came in riding the wave of a four game win streak and have only lost once in Eastern Missouri Conference competition.

"North Callaway is really good at attacking the basket. We struggled to get out to their shooters at times and when we did get out to their shooters they were good at driving to the basket against our guards," Thomas said. "Our post players also struggled to get over on nthe girls who were driving, so we did a real good job attacking the basket tonight snd getting some girls in foul trouble."

Paris, 18-5, 5-0 LCC, hosts Fayette today.

North Callaway, 16-7 overall, 7-1 EMO, welcomed Mark Twain on Monday.