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North Lamar Pantherettes Dominate Third Quarter in Win Over Rains

Coach Arledge talking to his team during a timeout in Friday night's game against Rains.

Coach Arledge talking to his team during a timeout in Friday night’s game against Rains.

The North Lamar Pantherettes outscored Rains 17-2 in the third quarter on their way to a 53-35 win inside the North Lamar gym. North Lamar trailed 22-18 at the break but came out determined in the third quarter. The Pantherettes didn’t shoot the ball extremely well as they shot 30% from the field. However, they held Rains to only 22% shooting. North Lamar really set themselves apart though at the free throw line. The Pantherettes got to the stripe 27 times, making 21 of them. Rains only made it to the charity stripe 13 times as they made nine of theirs.

The Pantherettes were led by Lexie Chancellor with 19 points. Kylie Halstead finished with 10 points and Hanna Igleheart had nine.

By: Greg Higgins, eParisExtra

Melissa drops North Lamar Pantherettes, 57-40

NL LOGONorth Lamar’s Pantherettes fell 57-40 at Melissa on Tuesday night.

North Lamar had a hard time at the start of both halves – being outscored 18-7 in the first quarter and 13-4 in the third quarter.

The Pantherettes outscored Melissa in the two other quarters, but by hardly enough to make a difference.


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North Lamar rallies from 10 points down in fourth quarter to beat Melissa, 36-33



The North Lamar Panthers rallied from 10 points down in the fourth quarter for a 36-33 victory Tuesday night at Melissa.

The Panthers struggled offensively in the game and trailed 30-20 going into the fourth quarter. North Lamar held Melissa to three points in the final quarter.

Levi Porter led the Panthers in scoring with seven points. Hunter Sartor, Ty Jones and Versache Buchanan each had six points. Tyler Anthony had four points and Devin McDonald finished with two points.

By Greg Higgins, eParisExtra Sports Editor


Paris drops 64-61 decision to Sulphur Springs

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The Paris Wildcats suffered a tough 64-61 loss to the Sulphur Springs Wildcats on Tuesday.

“We’re doing too many things to lose games,” Coach Billy Mack Steed said. “We’re missing too many easy shots and giving up too many offensive rebounds.”

In the loss, the Wildcats also shot just over 50 percent (11/21) from the free throw line. Steed also said the team missed too many layups and has to do a better job blocking out and rebounding the ball.

Roy Jones led the way for the Wildcats with 16 points. Selijah Johnson finished with 15 points. Adrian Beamon had nine points. Ronyae Bell and K.D. Scott both finished with eight points. Don T. Ridley had three and Marc Bawcum finished with two points for Paris.

By Greg Higgins, eParisExtra Sports Editor


North Lamar Stone 8th A&B finish strong in sweep of Atlanta

NL LOGOThe North Lamar boys’ 8th grade basketball teams traveled to Atlanta on Monday and came away with a pair of wins. The A-team won 34-14, and the B-team won 19-17 on two free throws after the final buzzer.

In the A-team game, after being ahead by only 15-14 at the half, the Panthers held Atlanta’s Rabbits scoreless in the second half.

Seybian Holt led a third-quarter quarter surge by North Lamar and scored 10 points on the night.  T.K. Hill led the Panthers in scoring and assists on the night, notching 12 points with five assists.

Matt Gibbons and Cody Williams led the Panthers in rebounding again.   Zeke Wood and Austin Exum played strong defense against the top scorer from Atlanta, holding him to five points. Matt Gibbons scored four points to go with his seven rebounds. 

Hudson Ward added three points, and Exum and Williams scored two points each. North Lamar moves to 3-1 on the season and is off until Jan. 9 when they will host Paris.

In the B-team game, Brody Evans was fouled on a 3-point try at the buzzer. He missed the shot, but made two of the three free throws awarded him, giving the Panthers their 19-17 win.

Ben Dong led North Lamar with seven points and Josh Dangerfield made a three pointer. Evans finished with five points as the Panthers B-team improved to 2-1 on the season.

By Greg Higgins, eParisExtra Sports Editor