When the Paris varsity girls basketball team ends the 2017-18 season at Canton on Feb. 16, there will be no league implications involved, so if the game gets cancelled because of weather or anything like that, it doesn't have to be rescheduled unless both sides want it to.
On the other hand, because the playoffs are lurking in the very near future, coaches can use games like these for a multitude of reasons, one of which is fine-tuning offensive and defensive approaches teams use the most when times are tough. An example of the Lady Coyotes hitting on all cylinders and doing things exactly the way head coach Garrett Thomas want was Jan. 6 when the team defeated Madison at home 42-38.
The breakdown of that contest was basically Paris taking a four point lead into halftime after the first quarter ended in a tie. The third and fourth quarters were then alternately decided by a point each, bringing everything back to that four-point lead Allison Moore helped her team put together then keep by charting 14 points, 13 rebounds, two steals and one assist. Delaney Miller also got on her horse and rode it all the way to a 10 point, two rebound, one assist performance.
With Mollie Cupp pulling down six board to lead a wide array of supporting actors and actresses for the Lady Coyotes, 16-6 overall, 5-1 Lewis and Clark, what made that part of this effort so strong is that the team ended up with 34 rebounds. It also had just six assists, two steals and two blocks, so the some fine tuning might be still be a wise move, but all the pieces are in place.
As for Canton, it appears better than its record, 7-15 overall, because of the individual talent it has. This includes junior Laken Hugenburg, who's scoring 12.9 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.1 steals and almost two assists per game. Senior Olivia Jarvis has also been coming through for her team when it needs her most at 11.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.9 rebounds and 2.3 steals and Tegan Burbridge has been good for 9.0 points, 4.6 boards and 4.6 boards per game.