(Photo by Bill Higgins: **Jaelyn Lee with a layup in a game earlier this season)
Depending in which team you were cheering for Saturday night, depends on how you viewed the first quarter between North Lamar and Paris High. If it was North Lamar, it was a disastrous start to the game. If it was Paris, it was one of the best starts you’ve had all season as they cruised to a 61-28 victory.
The Wildcats opened up the scoring with a three pointer for Trevon Dennis. Less than two minutes later, Paris was up 9-0. The Panthers only two points in the first quarter came at the free throw line.
″ I thought the first quarter was great,” Paris head coach Billy Mack Steed said after the game. “We played defense the way we’re capable of playing defense. When we do that, it gets our running game going. I’m not sure we can play a lot better than we played in that first quarter.”
Paris hit four three-pointers in the first quarter, including three from Dennis. His nine points in the quarter led the team as they jumped out to a 22-2 lead after one.
Paris didn’t let up after a big lead either. Both teams scored about the same during the second quarter with Paris scoring 13 and North Lamar 12. It was the third quarter, though, that the game was blown open. Using the same defensive intensity, Paris held the Panthers to just three points in the third quarter.
“We talked about that at halftime,” coach Steed said. “We needed to come out and really step on it in the third quarter, and not let them think there was a chance they were going to come back in the game. I thought our kids did a really good job of coming out and doing that.”
Midway through the third quarter, the starters for Paris sat down and never came back into the game.
We want to get those guys in the game, because they work hard in practice,” Steed continued. “Our starting five wouldn’t be as good as they are if it wasn’t for the starting five pushing them so hard in practice.”
With the win, Paris is 4-0 through the first half of district play while North Lamar moves to 1-3. Paris plays at Liberty Eylau on Tuesday night while North Lamar has the night off.
Scoring for Paris:
Jaelyn Lee - 10 points
Tre Johnson - 11 points
Jameon MItchell - 4 points
Benjamin Lassiter - 6 points
Gary Savage - 4 points
Gavyn Holje - 5 points
Trevon Dennis - 11 points
Braylon Mickens - 10 points
Scoring for North Lamar:
Coreion Jeffrey - 3 points
Addison Clark - 4 points
Trent Nickerson - 2 points
Jackson Nottingham - 2 points
James Odie - 5 points
Christian Scott - 5 points
Jadon Hay - 5 points
Caleb Wilson - 2 points