Lady Dragons lead wire-to-wire in 48-40 victory over Kilgore

PJC's Shannon DeFoe is shown at the free throw line, where she was 5-for-6 Saturday and led the Lady Dragons with 15 points. (eParisExtra photo by Charles Richards)

PJC’s Shannon DeFoe is shown at the free throw line, where she was 5-for-6 Saturday and led the Lady Dragons with 15 points. (eParisExtra photo by Charles Richards)

Shannon DeFoe scored 15 points to lead Paris Junior College to a 48-40 victory Saturday over Kilgore Junior College in junior college women’s basketball.

The Lady Dragons improved to 15-11 overall and 9-5 in the 10-team Region XIV race. They remain in fourth place, one game ahead of Jacksonville, which beat San Jacinto 89-76.

DaMya Toney added 9 points and Chy Cunningham 8 for the Lady Dragons.

Kilgore fell to 12-11 overall and 6-8 in conference. Daneshia Richardson was the Lady Rangers’ leading scorer with 11 points, followed by Imaobong Akpan with 8 points.

PJC scored the first six points on shots by Toney, Maeghan Scott and DeFoe and never gave up the lead.

Baskets by DeFoe and Cunningham, followed by Cunningham’s 3-point play padded PJC’s lead to 15-6 with 10:24 still on the first-half clock, and the Lady Dragons led 23-14 at halftime.

PJC twice led by as much as 16 points in the second half before Kilgore went on an 15-5 run in the last four minutes to get as close as six points.

Lady Dragon Huddle

The Lady Dragons are shown with Coach Michael Madrid during a time-out. (eParisExtra photo by Charles Richards)

“I was pleased with our players’ effort in the first half. They did everything we asked of them offensively and defensively,” Lady Dragons coach Michael Madrid said.

“I would have liked to execute a little bit better in the second half, down the stretch. I thought we got a little complacent. But we were able to sustain our lead and keep it to the end.”

He liked DeFoe’s play.

“I don’t think we have used Shannon as well as we’ve needed to. We wanted to emphasize getting the ball to her today. She’s a big, strong kid, and if she catches it on balance and attacks the rim, she’s hard to stop. I tell her she’s either going to score or go to the free throw line,” Madrid said.

Only two 3-pointers were made in the game, one by each team.

“The fact that we made only one 3-pointer doesn’t bother me. It tells me we got the ball inside and scored quite a bit,” Madrid said.

KILGORE       14 26–40

PARIS           23 25–48

KILGORE (12-11, 6-8) — Sha’Georgia Williams 1-3 0-0 2, Imaobong Akpan 3-10 2-5 8, Danesha Richardson 4-9 3-6 11, Alexis Hill 3-12 0-0 6, Pre’Franz Dominick 2-6 0-0 4, Aubria Clifton 0-0 0-0 0, Macy De’Gruy 2-6 1-2 5, Da’Moneyco Spivey 1-3 0-0 3, Harlie Greer 0-0 1-2 1, Destiney Coley 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 16-49 7-15 40. Three-Pointers: 1 (Spivey 1). Rebounds: 38 (Richardson 11). Assists: 12 (Richardson 3, Hill 3). Turnovers: 28 (Akpan 11). Fouls: 19. Fouled Out: Williams.

PARIS (15-11, 9-5) — Chy Cunningham 3-12 2-3 8, DaMya Toney 1-7 4-5 7, Shanice Vaughan 2-4 0-0 4, Maeghan Scott 3-8 0-0 6, Shannon DeFoe 6-11, 5-6 17, Lea Holt 0-0 0-0 0, Victoria Maddox 0-3 2-2 2, Catarina Rendon 1-22-2 4.. Totals: 16-47 15-18 48. Three-Pointers: 1 (Toney). Rebounds: 25 (Toney 6). Assists: 10 (Scott 4). Turnovers: 20 (Cunningham 10). Fouls: 16. Fouled Out: Rendon.

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.