In a contest that could easily be considered the closest one the Paris varsity girls basketball team has played all season, last Saturday the squad squared off with Cairo in the championship game of the Salisbury Tournament.
The path to victory was actually rather clear for the Lady Coyotes as they were outscored 17-7 in the first quarter prior to coming back and taking the second 17-14, third 13-11 and fourth 15-8 to end up edging out Cairo 52-50.
"I was very happy with how our guards handled their pressure despite dealing with some foul trouble. Tori (Hamilton) had a big night again scoring 31, with 11 rebounds, and six blocks," said coach Garrett Thomas. "Our defense improved throughout the game. Delaney Wheelan and Aly Francis did a did a great job covering their top scorers in fourth. The team only gave up eight points in the quarter."
In addition to all that defense, Wheelan also dished out a half-dozen assists with three steals, two points and two rebounds while Francis pulled down two boards and three assists. Nicole Skinner also had two points with one rebound, one assist and a steal.
"Allison Moore ended the night with 10 points, seven rebounds, and three assists," Thomas said. "Delaney Miller had seven points and four rebounds."
Last Friday in the second round of this same event Hamilton scored 23 with six rebounds, one assist and one block as Paris eliminated Salisbury 48-46. Moore also had an 18-point showing with 10 boards, four assists, three steals and two blocks.
"We got off to a good start outscoring them 16-8 in the first quarter. We got in a bit of foul trouble in the second, and going into halftime it was 24-23," said Thomas. "(Hamilton) had a big third quarter scoring nine of her 23 points. It was 40-40 going into the fourth. Miller hit two big free throws to put us up two with about a minute to go. They answered with a layup to tie it up. (Hamilton) then scored with six seconds left on a great pass from Delaney Wheelan to win the game."
For the game Miller had five points, three rebounds and one assist, Wheelan pulled down seven rebounds and one assist and Aly Francis had four boards, three assists, two points and one steal. Skinner and Cupp combined for two rebounds and one block, as well.
Paris, 12-0 overall, was at Salisbury on Tuesday.