Needing a victory to earn themselves the Lewis and Clark Conference title last Thursday when Scotland County came to town, the Paris varsity girls basketball team went all out in an effort to become the Queens of all the surveyed.
Certainly it was more than likely that the Lady Tigers came into this experience with some high-minded ideas about being the spoiler. Staging the upset. Someone might have even used the term, "shock the world". That's because Scotland County more than likely saw itself saw itself as a massive underdog. One that was different. Special. Perhaps they even had a chip on their collective shoulders.
That's where the fairly tale ends, real life comes racing back like a refreshing breeze to some and a swift crack to the backside for others and everything is as it should be. That's because, as expected, Allison Moore proved her worth with 16 points, five rebounds, five assists, one steal and a block to do her part for Paris when it absolutely crushed Scotland County 54-20.
"We clinched the (Lewis and Clark) Conference Championship last (Thursday) over Scotland County. We are now 20-3, overall, 8-0 LCC," said coach Garrett Thomas. "We had a dominating first half, allowing three points in the first quarter and just one in the second quarter."
One reason the Lady Coyotes were able to lay waste to the Lady Tigers 16-3 in the opening stanza and 17-1 in the second quarter was the 14 points, five boards, five blocks and three steals put up by Tori Hamilton. Delaney Miller also made her presence felt for Paris with 11 points, three assists and one rebound, numbers that meant that much more when considered in addition to the three points each with a combined seven boards, five steals and three assists posted by Delaney Wheelan and Elizabeth Cupp.
"The halftime score was 33-4. Offensively Miller scored eight first half points, Allison Moore 11 and Tori Hamilton 14," Thomas said. "Our ball movement was excellent last (Thursday), assisting on 15 of the 20 shots that were made."