Junior Class Powers Lady Colonels Over Berea
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PARIS – Paris Ladyhound junior guard Chez Tye started off her season with a bang as she jump started the Ladyhounds to an early lead, which eventually, helped Aaron Speaks’ squad end a 12-game losing streak to the visiting Lady Royals of Mason County with the 54-43 victory inside Earl E. Redwine Gymnasium Tuesday evening.
The last time Paris girls beat Mason on the basketball court was February 23rd, 2004, the same season that saw a Terence Brooks led Ladyhound team capture the 10th Region Title. Current Ladyhound Coach Aaron Speaks was an assistant coach for that Paris team.
The Lady Royals grabbed a 2-0 lead but Tye caught fire by hitting three consecutive threes to help Paris go on a 13-2 run, which led to an 18-11 lead at the end of the first frame.
Mason, ranked 5th in the preseason 10th Region poll, didn’t quit as they managed to outscore Paris in the second quarter 17-10 to pull even at the break at 28-28.
The third quarter was the difference in the game.
Paris turned up the defensive pressure to erase a 33-30 Mason lead that saw Speaks’ team end the quarter on a 16-3 run that was capped off by a buzzer beater throw-in by sophomore Asja-li Garrard after one of her five steals on the night.
“We played well in the first and third quarter and did just enough in the fourth to pull a good win over a very good team,” said Coach Speaks afterward. “We still, however, have a lot of things that we need to work on, especially after turning it over 22 times.”
Sanaa Jackson’s steal and lay-up and Jamie Cowan’s explosive move to the basket for the and one, pushed Paris out to their biggest lead of the night at 52-36 midway through fourth quarter. From there, the Ladyhounds would coast home for the 11 point win.
Tye finished her night with a game-high 18 points, as well as 4 steals. Cowan, despite foul trouble, finished with 10 points and 7 rebounds. Garrard had 9 points and 5 rebounds to go along with her 5 steals. Zoe Strings filled out her stat sheet with 7 points, 7 rebounds, 5 steals, 5 assists and blocked 4 shots. Jackson had 6 points, 3 rebounds and 3 steals. Chloe Kemper and Nia Kenney closed the Paris scoring with 2 points each.
Rachel Payne led Mason with 13 points and 5 points each came from Milyn Henry, Lacey Middleton, Hannah Adkins and Roclynn Glover. All-Region section Emma Taylor was held to 3 points, scoring all in the opening quarter.
The Ladyhounds will return to Earl Redwine gym on Friday night against West Jessamine (game time is 6:30) and again on Saturday afternoon (game time is 12:45) to face Danville Christian in the Kentucky Bank Classic.
McLain Murphy And Hannah Hamelback
Lead Lady Colonels Over Berea 57-36
PARIS – Coach Bill Watson’s Bourbon County Lady Colonel basketball team opened their 2019-2020 season with a nice 57-36 victory over the visiting Berea Lady Pirates Tuesday night in a game that was played inside Russ Day Gymnasium.
Junior forward McLain Murphy led the way with 20 points and 6 rebounds. She also hit four three-point goals, dished out 2 assists and had 2 steals. Junior guard Jaycee Goodwin followed Murphy with 10 points, while fellow junior Lyndsay Johnson scored 9 points, along with 5 steals and 2 assists. Hannah Hamelback, also a junior, scored 6 points, and pulled down a career and game-high 14 rebounds. Another junior, Bella Mitchell, in her return game with the Lady Colonels, totaled 6 points and 5 rebounds. Sophomore guard Jaydyn Goodwin’s stat line saw her with 2 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Freshman center Jhaven Meade scored 2 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. She also blocked 4 shots. Rounding out Bourbon’s scoring with a point each were sophomore Laci Noble and eighth grader Laiken Hardin.
As a team, the Lady Colonels totaled 47 rebounds and 15 steals but only manage to hit 16 of their 35 free throw attempts and 18 of 52 shot attempts.
Bourbon led 16-9 after the first quarter and extended that lead to 33-23 at the halftime break. They would then put the game away in the second half by outscoring the Lady Pirates 24-13, including 15-7 in the final frame.
Alexis Newman paced Berea with 9 points and 9 rebounds. Isis Rodgers had 7 and Natalea Clark tossed in 5 to lead the Lady Pirates offensive attack.
Watson’s team (1-0) will be at home on Friday night when they play host to Madison Central, who opened their season Monday night with a 49-33 loss against Woodford County. Game time is set for 7:30.