Lady Dragons beat McLennan College 45-37 for second straight win

JACKSONVILLE, Texas – The Lady Dragons of Paris Junior College started fast and finished fast, making up for some problems in between, as they defeated McLennan College 45-37 Friday night in a four-team tournament at Jacksonville.

Jacksonville defeated Stephen F. Austin club team 95-39 in the other game in the Jacksonville Classic on Friday.

Karmyn Jackson

Saturday, the two Region 14 teams switch opponents. Paris will play SFA Club at 2 p.m., followed by Jacksonville vs. McLennan.

“We got out to a 9-2 lead, but struggled after that. We missed a lot of layups and had 10 turnovers in the first half. We turned it over and didn’t finish around the basket,” PJC head coach Sean LeBeauf  said.

McLennan led by five points at the half.

“We gained control once we began to defend and hold them to one shot. We were able to create a more up-tempo game, plus we were much better getting to the free throw line. We only shot two free throws the first half,” LeBeauf said.

The Lady Dragons had erased McLennan’s lead and moved ahead by double digits with two and a half minutes to play. McLennan cut the lead to nine points by hitting a 3-point shot while the Lady Dragons missed two free throws.

Kelsei Ewings and Shanice Vaughan were both in double figures for PJC. LeBeauf praised the second-half inside play of center Karmyn Jackson, who also finished well around the basket.


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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.