Though they entered the game ranked No. 4 in Class 1, the Community R-VI Lady Trojans knew they had a tough match-up on Homecoming night against a Paris team that recently won the Madison Tournament.
During that event, Paris beat Salisbury and Madison though they lost to both teams by double digits two weeks earlier.
After a tough first quarter, the Lady Trojans’ late rally fell short in a 48-43 win for Paris.
“They can beat anybody as they have great guards and a 6’5” post player that changes the game for them defensively and offensively,” said Community R-VI Head Coach Bob Curtis.
Paris jumped out to a 16-8 first quarter lead before the Lady Trojans cut the gap to six at halftime.
The Lady Trojans then to take a lead into the fourth quarter.
Unfortunately, Community R-VI took three bad 3-point shots in a tie ball game with about three minutes left and Paris took advantage.
The Lady Coyotes outscored the Lady Trojans 14-8 in the final frame to win the game by five.
Community R-VI made just 2-of-12 3-point shots and 17-of-48 shots from the field in the loss.
“We typically finish games better than that as we should have had patience and got something off the dribble at the rim,” Bob Curtis noted.
Natalie Thomas led Community R-VI with 22 points, seven rebounds, two steals, and one assist while Alissa Curtis tallied 12 points, six rebounds, three steals, and two assists.
Dalaney Bowers had five points, four rebounds, three blocks, two assists, and two steals; Brianna Beamer scored three points, one rebound, and one steal; Chelsea Hoyt added one point, two rebounds, two steals, and one steal; Lauryn Robnett had two rebounds, two assists, and one steal; Taren Clark had two rebounds and two assists; Morgan Bryant had two rebounds and one block; and Bethany Schmidt added one assist.