Lady Dragons fall 60-35 to No. 3 Trinity Valley

ATHENS, Texas — The No. 3-ranked Trinity Valley Community College Lady Cardinals found a way to win event 60-35 over the Paris Lady Dragons Wednesday night at Cardinal Gymnasium.

With the win, Coach Elena Lovato’s Lady Cardinals are 21-1 on the season and 8-0 in Region XIV conference play.

Pyro_PJC_SliderThis was the 79th win all-time for the Lady Cardinals against Paris in the history of the two teams.

Both teams had a tough start offensively to the game as TVCC’s Roddricka Patton gave them a 10-6 lead on a three-pointer with 11:31 remaining in the opening half.

The Lady Cardinals were able to hold Paris scoreless for nearly six minutes until Voche’ Martin drained one of two free throws to cut the lead to 15-8 with 6:35 remaining in the opening half.

TVCC went into the intermission with a 26-13 lead and then in the second half turned on the pressure to secure the win.

The Lady Cardinals outscored Paris, 34-22, in the final 20 minutes of play.

Paris was able to get to within 11 on a couple of occasions in the second half as Brea Castro-Gambrell drained a jumper with 15 minutes remaining in the game.

TVCC blew the game open by outscoring Paris 9-0 over a four minute stretch for a 49-26 lead with 3:20 remaining in the game.

The Lady Cardinals were led in scoring by Sholonte’ Allen with 13 points, while teammates Patton and Adut Bulgak each scored 10 points in the win.

By Joe Elerson

The Athens Review

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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.