Panola rallies from early deficit to beat Lady Dragons, 56-50, in Paris home season finale

Lady Dragons head coach Sean LeBeauf instructs his team during a timeout in the second half of Wednesday night's game with Panola. Seated from left are Voche' Martin (44), Maeghan Scott (22), Ashley Johnson (23), Kelsei Ewings (5) and Shanice Vaughan (15). Shown standing are Shanice Hill (3), Brea Castro (wr) and assistant coach Shakira Nettles (top right). (eParisExtra photo by Charles Richards)

Lady Dragons head coach Sean LeBeauf instructs his team during a timeout in the second half of Wednesday night’s game with Panola. Seated from left are Voche’ Martin (44), Maeghan Scott (22), Ashley Johnson (23), Kelsei Ewings (5) and Shanice Vaughan (15). Shown standing are Shanice Hill (3), Brea Castro (wr) and assistant coach Shakira Nettles (top right). (eParisExtra photo by Charles Richards)

By CHARLES RICHARDS

eParisExtra.com

PARIS – Panola College recovered from an 0-14 deficit and went on to defeat Paris Junior College 56-50 Wednesday night in a Region XIV women’s basketball game.

The Fillies swept the home-and-away series, completing their regular season at 14-16 overall and 6-10 in conference. Paris’ Lady Dragons fell to 10-17 overall and 5-10 in league play with one game remaining at San Jacinto on Saturday.

A win Saturday would give Paris the No. 6 seed in the eight-team Region XIV tournament next week at UT-Tyler’s Herrington Patriot Center. The likely playoff pairing is Paris vs. No. 3 seed Angelina at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Catarina Jones, who had half of Panola’s six 3-pointers, and Atoe Jackson scored 11 points each for the Fillies.

Voche’ Martin was 8-of-9 on her free throws and led Paris with 14 points, including 8-of-9 from the free throw line. Kelsei Ewings added 11 points.

From its poor start, Panola outscored the home team 29-9 for the remainder of the first half, then made the first four points of the second half to increase the lead to 13 points at 33-20.

Midway through the second half, Panola led 45-32, but the Lady Dragons scored 10 straight points to get within 45-42 at 7:06 to play.

Shanice Hill and Ewings made back-to-back 3-pointers – the Lady Dragons only points from outside – to get the drive going..

Shanica Baker’s drive and foul shot gave Panola a 52-46 lead with 2:51 to play, but goals by Ewings and Maeghan Scott got the Lady Dragons back in the game at 52-50 at 2:01.

Paris got the ball back, but Panola picked off an errant pass inside, which started a fast break the other way. The Fillies got the ball to Jones down court, and her lay-up gave Panola a 54-50 advantage at 1:05.

Paris missed its next shot, Panola rebounded, and Jackson added two insurance points on free throws with 40 seconds to play.

PANOLA  29-27—56

PARIS     23-27—50

Panola (14-16, 6-10) – Electra Roberts 2 2-2 6, Ashley Barry 12-2 4, Catarina Jones 4 0-0 11, Lanese B ough 2 0-0 5, Shantoria Taylor 1 0-0  Catarina Jones 4 0-0 11, Lanese B ough 2 0-0 5, Shantoria Taylor 1 0-0 3, Atoe Jackson 3 5-6 11, Paula Tarnhachowicz 0 0-0 0, Shanica Baker 3 3-3 9, Liz Handy 0 0-0 0, Rebecca Kolawole 0 0-0 0, Ashley Pickering 0 0-0 0, Dannisha Jackson 3 0-0 7, Amy Williams 0 0-0- 0, Kierra Campbell 0 0-0 0. Totals: 19 12-13 56. 3-Pointers: 6 (Jones 3, Bough 1, Taylor 1, Jackson 1). Fouls: 15. Fouled Out: None.

Paris (10-17, 5-10) – Shanice Hill 1 0-2 3, Kelsei Ewings 4 2-2 11, Shanice Vaughan 3 0-0 6, Maeghan Scott 3 0-0 6, Ashley Johnson 3 2-2 8, Brea Castro 0 0-0 0, Adriene Small 1 0-0 2, Voche’ Martin 3 8-9 14. Totals: 18 12-15 50. 3-Pointers: 2 (Hill 1, Ewings 1). Fouls: 13. Fouled Out: None.

 

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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.