Cunningham, DeFoe scored 16 points each as Lady Dragons fall 84-69 to Tyler

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Tyler’s Shernice Robertson (3) guards Paris’ Shanice Vaughan (15) during the second half. (eParisExtra photo by Charles Richards)

The Apache Ladies of Tyler Junior College jumped off to a 10-2 lead and never let the Lady Dragons of Paris Junior College back in the game Saturday afternoon at the Hunt Center on the PJC campus.

Shernise Robertson scored 21 points, including 10-of-12 free throws, for Tyler, which improved to 9-1 for the season and 2-0 in Region 14.

Chy Cunningham and Shannon DeFoe led Paris (6-6, 0-2) with 16 points apiece. DaMya Toney (13 points) and Adriene Small (12 points) also were in double figures.

The Lady Dragons continued their season-long prowess from the free throw line, hitting 25 of 28 (89.3 percent), including 10-of-10 by DeFoe.

But they were chilly from the field — whether from outside or close up.

And the Lady Dragons committed numerous unforced turnovers, which allowed Tyler to pull away every time they got close.

Tyler-PJC_02Robertson, at 5-foot-5 the smallest player on the court, hit an outside shot only seconds into the contest for a 3-0 lead, and the Apache Ladies never looked back.

That was Robertson’s only 3-pointer, but twice she was fouled while shooting from outside and turned her six free throw shots into four points.

Small scored seven of Paris’ points during a 10-2 run as the Lady Dragons pulled to within 23-19 with 8:25 to play in the first half.

Tyler_PJC_4outscored Paris 11-0 over the next two and a half-minutes to open up a 15-point lead at 34-19, and the Lady Dragons were down 35-28 at the half.

Tyler led by 10 to 15 points for most of the second half, but Shanice Vaughan scored all six of her points for Paris in a span of a minute and 44 seconds to bring the Lady Dragons to within 63-57 with 7:10 to play.

Tyler then missed on the other end, and Small grabbed the rebound for Paris. But Caitlyn Ramirez stole the ball immediately for an easy basket, and the momentum turned.

Tyler followed two more Paris turnovers with baskets for a 6-0 run in 65 seconds, and the Lady Dragons were down by a dozen, never to get close again.

With the end of the fall semester at PJC close at hand, the Lady Dragons wrap up their play for 2013 on Wednesday, with a 5:30 p.m. contest against Bossier Parish, which is in its first season of women’s basketball.

 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.