Lady Dragons drop 64-56 contest to Hill College


Kelsei Ewings and Karmyn Jackson led Paris Junior College in a 64-56 loss against Hill College on Wednesday at the Hunt Center.

Kelsei Ewings

Ewings, a 5-3 sophomore from West Point, Miss., scored 13 points, and Jackson, a 6-2 sophomore from Irving, added 11 points.

The Lady Rebels improved to 2-1, while Paris fell to 0-3.

Hill College took a 37-31 halftime lead. With seven minutes to play, the Lady Dragons were within 55-51, but Hill used a 9-0 run to build a 13-point lead at 64-51.

Paris scored the last five points to account for the final margin.

Brea Castro-Gambrel had 9 points, Shanice Vaughan 7, Adrienne Small 4, Voche Martin 4, and four players – Shanice Hill, Lea Holt, Rickeya Williams and Ashley Johnson had 2 points apiece.

 Turnovers were a problem. The Lady Dragons turned over the ball 22 points, and that was against only a zone defense, PJC coach Sean LeBeauf noted.

The Lady Dragons’ next game is Friday night at Murray State in Tishomingo, Okla. They return home Monday for a 6 p.m. game with Arkansas Baptist.

His team has yet to find the leadership and toughness it needs, said LeBeauf, who has a squad both younger and shorter than previous teams he’s coached.

“Even with my worst team, we always had a winning record. They were not as talented as this team, just tougher,” he said.

“We’ve got too many young ones, and at the end of the day, we’re just not tough enough. I have to find a way to get them tougher,” LeBeauf said. “It is what it is, but you’ve got to go above and beyond. That includes me. I’ve got to humble myself, work harder. We’ve all got to figure it out.”
He noted that he has only four sophomores among his 13 players.

“If there were more leaders than followers, that would help. But to this point, it’s all followers, no leaders.

Kiara Taylor scored 17 points on six field goals, including three 3-pointers and 2-of-3 free throws. Ashley Brown added 14 points for the Lady Rebels.

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Charles Richards Charles Richards moved to Paris in 2004 after retiring from a 40-year career in journalism – the last 26 years as a news writer and sports writer with The Associated Press in Dallas and Washington, D.C. In mid-2004, The Paris News coaxed him out of retirement, and he began covering the police, court and regional beat for The Paris News. Then in early 2005, he was switched to coverage of a sharply divided Paris City Council. He was appointed by the City Council in 2006 to the 12-member City Charter Review Commission, which extensively rewrote the outmoded document. His writing awards include two first-place awards in statewide competition for feature writing. The most recent was his 2005 story on a Paris doctor’s startling use of leeches in a successful attempt to re-attach a man’s severed ear. Over his career, Richards’ interview subjects include Alabama Gov. George Wallace, President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush, David Koresh, Arnold Palmer, Muhammad Ali and numerous other political and sports figures. He is an alumnus of Texas Tech, where he was editor of the school newspaper. He lives in Paris with his wife, Barbara, who is retired after 30 years as a teacher and high school counselor.