Paris Teams Open Sturgeon Tournament Play
By Chris Willingham
The #1 seeded Paris Lady Coyotes had little trouble advancing to the Championship semi-finals of the Sturgeon Tournament, Monday evening. The Lady Coyotes defeated conference rival Westran 66-10. The Lady Coyotes jumped out to a 14-3 1st quarter lead and then extended their lead to 41-4 at halftime, with a dominant 2nd quarter. “Westran is really struggling this year. They have a young team and are facing an uphill battle in a lot of games this season. We knew that coming in so we wanted to focus on improving certain aspects of our game. We had a lot of girls play and contribute to this win. Anytime we can advance in a tournament to the winners bracket we are excited and happy about that.” Coach Garrett Thomas.
The Lady Coyotes used multiple combinations of players to finish out the victory in the 2nd half. With the win, the Lady Coyotes advance to face #4 seed and conference rival Salisbury for the 3rd time this season. “Any time you play a team 3 times, especially a talented team like Salisbury, it’s tough to get them. We are looking forward to the challenge that they will present us. It should be a very competitive game.” Coach Thomas
The Lady Coyotes point totals are as follows, Delaney Miller 13 points, Aly Francis 11 points, Elizabeth Cupp 9 points, Nicole Skinner 8 points, Tori Hamilton and Mollie Cupp each contributed 7 points. Allison Moore and Delaney Wheelan rounded out the scoring with 6 and 5 points respectively.
The #6 seed Paris Coyotes looked to upset #3 seed Westran on Tuesday night, but fell short, 42-61. The Hornets jumped out to a 17-11 1st quarter lead, but saw the Coyotes claw their way back into the game with a 14-12 2nd quarter advantage. The Coyotes only trailed the Hornets 25-29 heading into the 3rd quarter. “We did some positive things in the first half, but still weren’t playing our style of basketball. We allowed Westran to control the tempo and dictate to us how we were going to play. We have to do certain things to be successful and we weren’t able to get them done.” Coach Dennis Dent.
The Hornets took control of the game early in the 3rd period and never looked back in defeated the Coyotes. The loss puts the Coyotes in the consolation semi-final bracket where they will face off against #7 seed South Callaway on Thursday night. The loss evens the Coyotes record at 8-8 on the season.
The Coyotes were led by Chris Ebbesmeyer with 18 points, 7 assists, and 5 rebounds. Konnor Heitmeyer added 7 points, 1 rebound, and 4 assists. Clayton Langerud added 7 points and 8 rebounds.
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