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Pantherettes suffer heartbreak defeat to crosstown-rival Paris

BaileyIt’s hard to imagine the range of emotions that swept through the Panther Gym on Monday night as the Paris Lady Cats defeated the North Lamar Pantherettes in overtime 58-55. North Lamar, up by nine with around two minutes to play, saw Paris end regulation on an 11-2 run to send the game to overtime. Lady Cat Luey Bronner hit two three-pointers in the final 15 seconds, including one with three seconds left to send the game to the extra period.

“Luey happened to be open, we got her the ball and she knocked it down,” Lady Cat’s head coach Ted Mackey said after the game.

After banking in a three pointer with just under 15 seconds left, Paris pressured the Pantherettes into throwing the ball away. Mackey called the timeout to set up the game-tying three by Bronner.

“They hit two crazy shots,” North Lamar coach Chris Arledge said about the end of regulation. “The ball’s not bouncing our way right now.”

North Lamar took the early lead in the overtime period 51-47. Paris, though, hit some huge free throws in overtime as they made the comeback once again.

Coach Arledge talking to his team during a timeout.
Coach Arledge talking to his team during a timeout.

North Lamar was led in scoring by Lexie Chancellor, who had 14 points. Kylie Halstead had 12 and Lexie Stephens finished with nine. Bailey Jones and Maddison Morrison both had seven points. Hannah Igleheart finished with five and Cozy Brown had one point.

Chancellor and Jones both had eight rebounds for North Lamar while Morrison and Stephens finished with six. Halstead led the way with four steals for North Lamar.

Bronner led all scorers with 15. Nish Robbins had 11. Jazz Pipkins finished with 10, while Shay Morgan had eight points.

With the loss, North Lamar moves to 1-5 in District while Paris moves to 5-1.

By: Greg Higgins, eParisExtra

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