Weather permitting, Dragons and Lady Dragons will resume conference basketball action here Saturday

Paris Dragons logoBoth the men’s and women’s teams are scheduled to play in Paris on Saturday, weather permitting.

The Lady Dragons are scheduled to play Tyler College’s Lady Apaches at 2 p.m., followed by the Dragons vs. San LPJC women’s team dropped an 81-35 game to nationally No. 2-ranked Trinity Valley in both teams’ first Region XIV conference action Wednesday.

The Lady Dragons lost their Region XIV opener on Wednesday, losing 81-35 in Athens to the No. 2-ranked and two-time defending nationa champion Lady Cardinals of Trinity Valley Community College.

The Lady Cardinals jumped out to a 16-1 lead, and it got worse from there. It was 46-13 by halftime. Paris made only two field goals in the first half and only seven for the game.

Shanice Vaughan led Paris with 10 points.

TVCC improved to 10-1 for the season and 1-0 in league play. Paris fell to 6-5, 0-1.

It was the 49th straight win at home for the Lady Cardinals.
The Lady Cardinals defense forced 18 Paris turnovers.

More than half of Paris’ points came from the free throw line. The Lady Dragons made 18 of 27 from the charity stripe.

Jazmine Spears scored 21 points and Deborah Meeks 19 points for Trinity Valley.

It was the second straight loss for the Lady Dragons after getting off to a 6-3 start. They suffered a tough 95-89 loss in triple overtime on Monday in Little Rock to Arkansas Baptist.

After Saturday, the Dragons and Lady Dragons each have only one more game in 2013.

Both teams have games next Wednesday.

The Lady Dragons are home, in the Hunt Center, against the Lady Cavaliers of Bossier Parish at 5:30 p.m. It’s Bossier Parish’s first year of women’s basketball games.

The Dragons are on the road at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, playing in Port Arthur against the Seahawks of Lamar State-Port Arthur.

The Dragons’ game with Coastal Bend has been rescheduled for 6 p.m. Jan. 6 in Beeville — which will become the middle game of three Region XIV contests in six days.

PJC’s men will be at Lufkin to play Angelina College at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 4; in Beeville to play Coastal Bend at 6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 6; and in Paris to play Jacksonville at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 8.

The Lady Dragons also will be off from Dec. 11 until the first weekend in January. They will be in a tournament at Waco, playing Temple at noon on Friday, Jan. 3, and McLennan County at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 4.

By Charles Richards, eParisExtra

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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.