The Paris Lady Eagles won a non-conference road game against the Class 4A Dardanelle Lady Sand Lizards on Monday night. Leading most of the way, the Lady Eagles, playing their third game with a complete roster, seemed to be in control for most of the night. The Lady Eagles continue to play tough defense while steadily improving on the offensive end.
For the second consecutive game, the Paris Eagles senior boys team took a 20+ points loss on the road, this time at Dardanelle. The Eagles, playing with their full roster for the first time since the addition of six football players, will open conference play on Friday and have a lot of work to do to develop a rotation of many talented players. The Eagles have a lot of talent that simply has not had a lot of time playing together and must quickly develop a chemistry and cohesion among the team before conference play opens on Friday against a very good Waldron Bulldogs team.
Paris Lady Eagles coach Donald Hart said after the game, “We controlled the boards, limited turnovers, and were in control from the jump. The ladies did a good job of getting the ball to the open man offensively. We are improving with every game.”
From a fans’ perspective, you can see the Lady Eagles’ improvement with each game, particularly on offense. As the team plays more games they should continue to improve. The Lady Eagles need to be playing their best basketball as they turn the corner into the January portion of their schedule. Playoff races and seedings will be determined in the six week period between January 1 and approximately February 15. So for now, the goal is to develop team chemistry and continuity during the remaining weeks in December.
Schedules continue to change as many factors affect schools during the early portion of the high school basketball schedules. The senior girls game that was scheduled for Tuesday night at Pottsville has been canceled. The senior Lady Eagles next game will be Friday in Paris against the Waldron Lady Bulldogs. Seventh grade, junior varsity, and junior high girls games will be played Tuesday at Pottsville. The first game will start at 5:30 p.m.
The Paris senior boys team will host Lavaca on Tuesday night at Paris Gymnasium. Junior high and senior high boys games will be played starting at 6 p.m.
So Eagles fans, patience is the word as the 2020-21 high school basketball season is very early in its schedules, and both the boys and girls teams will steadily improve. If fans remember, the girls senior team began to gel and really take off after the first of January. The Lady Eagles went on to finish third in the conference. Both the boys and girls senior teams are loaded with talent, they simply need more time to play together. I expect both teams to take off in January and make a stretch run to the post-season.
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