In just their second game this year with the full roster available to play, the Paris Lady Eagles won their second straight game this week. Having defeated the Mansfield Lady Tigers on Tuesday night, the Lady Eagles hosted the Lincoln Lady Wolves in a make-up game on Wednesday at Paris Gymnasium. Behind tough defensive play and improved offensive production, the Lady Eagles raced to a twelve point victory over Lincoln. .
In the senior boys game, the Paris Eagles fell behind early and were as much as 13 points down late in the fourth quarter to Lincoln. But again, behind a furious rally late in the game, the Eagles cut the Wolves’ lead to just four points with a few minutes to go. But unlike the Lamar victory, this time Paris could not complete the come back and went on to lose the game by four points.
The Paris senior boys are still not playing with their complete roster as at least three of the players are still playing football and will compete Friday in the state quarterfinal game at Hoxie. As much as everyone hopes the Eagles football team will be playing up to December 19, it does reduce the number of non-conference games that coach Blain Brewington has with his full roster. A game has been added to the Paris boys and girls teams for next week to try to gain more court time in non-conference games before the conference season starts in approximately two weeks.
After the Lady Eagles’ victory over Lincoln, head coach Donald Hart commented, “The game with Lincoln was a physical game and I thought the entire team stepped up and played hard for 32 minutes. Our defense is doing a good job keeping us in games. Offense has a ton of room to continue growing, but is getting the job done. It has been nice to have a full team the last two games. We will continue to improve providing we stay healthy and away from quarantines.”
The Lady Eagles were led in scoring by senior point guard Jadyn Hart with 16 ponts. Sophomore guard Jadyn Wells had 11 points and 7 steals, and sophomore forward Brailey Forst had 5 points, 12 rebounds, and 3 blocks.
The issue of quarantines and it’s effect on teams is undoubtedly on the minds of coaches everywhere. In basketball, playing multiple games per week, a two week quarantine could devastate a team’s chances to win a conference or make the playoffs. Recently, the Centers for Disease Control indicated that it may recommend a quarantine time of less than two weeks. It will be interesting to see if the Arkansas Department of Health follows suit and if the potential threat of quarantine times is reduced to all teams. Unfortunately, this will be an issue until a reliable vaccine is available and has time to create an immunity that will eliminate the need for quarantines for all persons.
Of note for Eagles fans, the schedules for both teams has been revised with the addition of games next Tuesday. Per assistant athletic director Trey Prieur, the Paris junior and senior boys will host the Lavaca Golden Arrows at Paris Gymnasium starting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, December 8. On that same date, the Paris Lady Eagles junior and senior girls will play at Pottsville starting at 5:30 p.m.
The next game up for the Paris basketball program will be tonight at Mountainburg. Junior boys, senior girls, and senior boys games will be played starting at 5 p.m. Resident Press will not have coverage of these games. RP’s next coverage will be at Hoxie tomorrow night for the Eagles football quarterfinal state playoff game with the Mustangs. A recap of the Eagles’ football game will be in Sunday’s online edition of Resident Press.