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CARTHAGE, Texas — Maeghan Scott burned the nets for 25 points Wednesday night, hitting six 3-pointers to lead the Lady Dragons of Paris Junior College to a 90-85 overtime victory over Panola College.
Scott led all scorers with 25 points, but Shannon DeFoe added 21 points and Chy Cunningham 20 as Paris improved to 16-13 overall and 10-7 in conference.
Kierra Campbell scored 16 points, Shanika Baker 14 points, and Kiara Freeman 11 points for Panola, which came close to picking up only its second conference victory. The Fillies fell to 8-21 overall and 1-16 in Region XIV play
Prospects for a Paris looked glum with less than 10 minutes to go. Panola had turned a 38-37 halftime lead into a 65-52 advantage with under 10 minutes let in the game.
But when the 3-pointers start dropping, the points go up on the scoreboard in a hurry. In a couple of minutes, Paris went from down 71-58 to 71-61 …. to 71-64 … to 71-67 … to 73-70.
Chy Cunningham then drove the baseline for a basket, and with 1:20 to play it was 73-72, and DeFoe’s free throw tied the game 73-73 with 44 seconds left in regulation.
Freeman drove for a basket with 22.5 seconds remaining and was fouled. She could have given Panola a three-point lead, but she missed the free throw. Paris grabbed the rebound, and Shanice Vaughan drove for the tying score with 4.5 seconds left in regulation.
Paris then owned the five-minute overtime, scoring nine points in the first two minutes for an 84-75 lead. Panola got within three points with under 30 seconds to play, but Paris kept the Fillies at bay by making free throws.
Paris’ bugaboo for the first three-quarters of the game was free throws, which is usually the Lady Dragons’ strong point. Paris was 12-of-29 (41.3 percent) from the line.
“I was disappointed in our free throw shooting. I told our kids in the locker room, I think sometimes free throw shooting is a lack of focus,” Lady Dragons’ head coach Michael Madrid said.
“But we did a great job fighting through that tough stretch, and we were able to come out at the end.”
Paris moved back into fourth place as a result of Jacksonville’s loss to Tyler. But fourth and fifth are basically the same, since the No.4 and 5 seeds meet in the first round of the Region XIV tournament at UT-Tyler next Wednesday.
The Lady Dragons’ last home game is Saturday at 4 p.m. against Blinn College, which is tied with Tyler for second in Region XIV women’s play, three games behind two-time defending women’s champion Trinity Valley.
“We’re going to honor our sophomores on Saturday. We hope to get some folks out to watch them play and cheer them on,” Madrid said.
In this week’s final women’s Top 25 poll of the National Junior College Athletic Association, Trinity Valley is No. 1, Tyler is No. 11 and Blinn is No. 12.
By Charles Richards, eParisExtra
PARIS (10-7, 16-13) — Chy Cunningham 8 2-6 20, Damya Toney 1 3-4 6, Mia Holt 1 0-1 2, Victoria Maddox 2 0-0 5, Shanice Vaughan 3 1-2 7, Catarina Rendon 2 0-0 4, Maeghan Scott 9 1-3 25, Shannon DeFoe 8 5-13 21. Totals: 34 12-29 90. Three-Pointers: 10 (Scott 6, Cunningham 3, Toney 1, Maddox 1). Fouls: 16. Fouled Out: Rendon.
PANOLA (1-16, 8-21) — Mariah Hardeman 4 0-0 12, Kiara Freeman 4 0-1 11, Tiaka Lee 3 0-0 9, Kierra Campbell 5 6-7 16, Lizzy Harrison 2 4-4 9, Shanica Baker 7 0-0 14, Abby Mitchell 1 0-0 3, Kadesha Barry 4 0-1 8, Timetra Goodson 1 0-0 3. Totals: 31 10-13 85. Three-Pointers: 13 (Hardeman 4, Freeman 3, Lee 3, Harrison 1, Mitchell 1, Goodson 1). Fouls: 23. Fouled out: Barry.
Halftime: Panola 39, Paris 38. Regulation: Panola 75, Paris 75.
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.
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