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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.
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 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