The Paris Junior High Eagles defeated the Little Rock Flames on Saturday to win the consolation game of the Lamar Invitational Tournament. The Jr. Eagles defeated the team of home schoolers from the greater Little Rock area by a score of 46-44. Earlier in the day, the Paris Jr Lady Eagles fell to Dardanelle in the consolation game of the girls bracket by a score of 32-26.
After the game, Eagles coach Mike Foster was pleased with the win, but thought his team made the outcome harder than it had to be. “Our boys played hard and were led by Sam Muldrow with 15 points and 10 rebouds. Jesse Wells had 13 points. We made it hard on ourselves by winning 46-44 and missing 19 free throws. We have to get into the gym and improve on that.”
The Lady Eagles played shorthanded against the Class 4A Lady Sand Lizards. Paris coach Dustin Williams was proud of his team’s effort. “We had five girls out sick today. Two of them are starters and our first player off the bench was another that was sick. I thought the girls that were healthy fought hard against a good Dardanelle team Even though it was a six point loss on the scoreboard, I was proud of how our experienced players, Forst, Wells and O’Neal, played with determination. Also, being able to see some of our younger new pieces step up when needed and player bigger roles ws huge for us and our future. I was proud of all eight girls that touched the floor. We are ready to have some time off and get our team healthy again.”
Both teams will take a break for the Thanksgiving holidays. The break will give the coaches and opportunity to practice their teams and prepare for the end of the non-conference schedule and the upcoming conference schedule that will begin in mid-December. The Eagles and Lady Eagles next games will be at Lamar on December 10.
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