Every time head coach Wade Billington and his coaching staff feel like the Paris varsity boys basketball team, 2-15, 0-4 Lewis and Clark Conference, are ready to start showing some real improvement, major things like injuries peppered by minor issues such as inexperience appear to work against them.

What the team would really like to do is set its sights on one goal then do everything within its power to turn that dream into a reality, and with Knox County, 6-11 overall, 1-2 LCC, coming to town on Friday for a league game, there’s no time like the present.

When Paris played in a non-conference contest on Jan. 24 against New Bloomfield, the good news was that Adam Forrest had 21 points, four assists, three rebounds and two steals. Konnor Heitmeter also came through with a 13-point performance that day, but the bad news was the rest of the roster had minimal showings on the stat charts and the Coyotes were defeated 75-48.

What made this decision even harder to take is that Paris was down 23-9 at the end of the first quarter and then got outscored 26-16 in the second. Having also been outdone 15-13 in the third and 11-10 in the fourth, the Coyotes are going to have to regroup and come up with a new game plan if they hope to come out on top at the end of the week. The team is also going to have to do better than shooting 17-for-42 with 16 rebounds and two blocks.

While maxpreps.com doesn’t have individual stats listed for Knox County, it does have the team ranked 338th in Missouri and 11,036thin the country. Paris, on the other hand, is 520th in the state and 16,764th in the nation and looking to move up.

The Eagles might have a better record than the Coyotes, but they’re still far from infallible, which was more than evident when Van-Far took them to task 49-21 on Jan. 20. Knox County also fell at Palmyra 64-48 on Jan. 17, at Fayette 50-42 on Jan. 12 and at home to Palmyra 50-44 on Jan. 9. That doesn’t mean this team is a push over, though. In fact, it’s far from it. Just ask Louisiana because it was probably heartbroken after the Eagles snatched away a 55-53 home victory on Jan. 13.