The Salisbury varsity girls basketball team has given some impressive performances this season, including a close loss to host Centralia during an early season tournament, as well as a big win much more recently over Van-Far in round two of the Madison Tournament.
The Paris girls are also on its game this year and played quite well when it defeated North Callaway at the Gary Filbert Classic at Mexico earlier this season. Generally that type of build up makes for quite the payoff, so when Salisbury visited the Lady Coyotes on Jan. 9 in Lewis and Clark Conference competition, it wasn't unreasonable to expect sparks to fly. Those expectations were much more exciting than the reality of it all, though, as the Lady Panthers proved too much for Paris, winning 52-34.
One difference for Salisbury was that it outscored the Lady Coyotes in every quarter. This included 9-8 in the firsst and 14-4 in the second to head into halftime leading 23-12. After the break the Lady Panthers then posted a 13-11 scoring advantage to widen that gap to 36-23 in the third prior to claiming the fourth 16-11.
Even if this performance wasn't flawless for Paris, the team still had its highlights, such as Delaney Miller with 10 points, three blocks and one rebound and Tori Hamilton added eight points, three boards and three blocks. Allison Moore was also good for eight points, two rebounds, one assists and a steal, Aly Francis and Nicole Skinner scored three each with a combined three rebounds and Makayla Fox pulled down six boards with two points and one assist.
For Salisbury, Bryn Woolridge managed 21 points and Sidney Marek complimented that effort with 12 points, six rebounds, three steals and two assists.
Overall the Lady Coyotes racked up 18 rebounds, five steals, three blocks and two assists while Salisbury went 21-for-49 from the field. That includes going 1-for-6 from three-point territory.
Paris, 9-4 overall, next played Friday at Harrisburg, weather permitting.