Having earned themselves a victory in the opening round of the Monroe City Tournament, the competition only got steeper for the Paris varsity girls basketball team as they progressed through this event and that was never more true than it was last Thursday when this squad faced Palmyra.
The key to this contest for the Lady Coyotes was discipline, and because they had it in spades they were in control from start to finish despite facing a quality opponent, turning everything that went wrong into a right until they had finally come out on top 54-39.
"I was very happy with how we played defensively. Palmyra was averaging 70 point per game leading into the contest," said coach Garrett Thomas. "Holding them to 37 is why were able to win the game. I was also happy with how we responded to adversity. A couple of our starters were in foul trouble most of the game and we were able to sustain and at times build on our lead which was encouraging in terms of team depth. We (next played) Monroe City in the tournament championship on Saturday."
With seven players total scoring for Paris, it was Tori Hamilton that topped the chart with 14 points, five rebounds and four blocks, Delaney Miller accounted for 11 points, one board, an assist and one steal and bringing home 10 points, nine rebounds, three steals and two assists was Delaney Wheelan. With six points, five boards, five steals and three assists, Aly Francis did all she could for the team and Allison Moore was just off that pace with five points, five rebounds and one steal.
Paris, which plays in the Lewis and Clark Conference, is now 3-0 overall.