Even though the Knox County varsity girls’ basketball team, 5-10 overall, 3-1 Lewis and Clark, is scheduled to play a league game at Paris, 13-5 overall, 3-1 LCC, on Friday, it does so at its own risk.

For example, when New Franklin played the Lady Coyotes on Jan. 22 in non-league action, Allison Moore had 19 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals and Drew Lockhart and Mollie Cupp added eight points each to lead their team to a 61-21 victory. Because Paris head coach Garrett Thomas also got six points apiece from Hanna Mitchell and Delaney Miller, the fact Tori Hamilton and Grace Peak both had five point performances is almost an afterthought.

As you might imagine because of the score, the Lady Coyotes played the kind of defense that allowed them to go up 19-9 at the end of the first quarter and 28-13 at halftime. The squad then extended that advantage by outscoring New Franklin 22-5 in the third and 11-3 in the fourth, which is the type of determination that could certainly pay dividends come playoff time. The squad also racked up 38 rebounds, 14 assists, five steals and five blocks.

Even though the Lady Eagles victories list isn’t as impressive as Paris’, according to maxpreps.com, on Jan. 26 they beat Schuyler County 51-39, on Jan. 18 the squad defeated Mark Twain 51-37 and on Jan. 12 Knox County won at Fayette 48-33. While the squad did come out ahead 53-40 against Jennings, the Lady Eagles also lost a close game at Canton 44-43 on Jan. 19 and during the Palmyra Tournament the team fell to Monroe City 63-45.

Another way to look at it is that maxpreps.com currently has Knox Country ranked 351st in the state and 11,624th nationally. As for Paris, it’s listed as 66th in Missouri and 2,685th in the country.