Amidst all the craziness and intensity of the Monroe City varsity basketball tournament, on Wednesday in the second round the Paris boys got a chance to face Marion County, which was coming off an opening round loss to the host Panthers 67-18.
Because the Coyotes also fell in round one of this event on Monday to Mark Twain 62-33 and is now 1-4 overall, this wasn't a matchup many thought would be as tight as it was. But, when Marion County took a 15-13 lead in the first quarter before Paris went up 27-26 at halftime, it was the beginning of a back-and-forth that lasted for the rest of the game ended with the Coyotes coming out ahead 52-51.
While the difference in this contest was Marion County charting a 13-11 scoring advantage in the fourth after both squads scored 13 in the third, Paris was still fortunte to get 17 points, six assists, four rebounds and three steals from Konnor Heitmeyer and Chris Ebbesmeyer had eight points and five boards. Reese Barton also sported six points and two rebounds, scoring five each were Ryan Ragsdale and Laken Edwards and charting four points apiece were Dakota Howard and Zack Rentschler.
For the game the Coyotes made 17-of-38 two-pointers, 3-of-13 three-pointers and 8-of-12 free throws. The squad also had 32 rebounds, 14 assists and six steals.
Having lost four of its initial five games of 2017-18, Paris is at Marceline on Dec. 12.