Jacksonville rallies from 8 down to beat Paris Lady Dragons, 57-43

region14logoTYLER, Texas — The 2013-2014 basketball season came to an abrupt end Wednesday for the Lady Dragons of Paris Junior College.

Jacksonville’s Lady Jaguars defeated Paris 57-43 Wednesday t in the first round of women’s play at the Herrington Patriot Center on the UT-Tyler campus.

Paris started the gam16-154e off fine, but Jacksonville overcame a 20-12 deficit by finishing the first half 18-3 for a 30-23 halftime lead.

Then, the Lady Dragons fought back to get within 45-41 late in the game, buit Jacksonville went on a game-ending 12-2 run.

If you could take away those two stretches where Jacksonville outscored Paris by 30-5 (you can’t), and you discover that Paris won the bulk of the game 38-27. Nice try, right?

Damya Toney and MaeghanScott led the team with 10 points each. Chy Cunningham added  9 points.

Coach Michael Madrid’s team finished the season 16-15. Jacksonville improved to 17-13.

The women resume play on Friday with the semifinals against Trinity Valley, the No. 1 team in the nation, which improved to 30-1 with a 109-61 victgory over Bossier.

In the other semifinal are No. 2 seed Tyler and No. 3 seed Blinn. Tyler defeated Kilgore 69-52 and Blinn eliminated Angelina 83-69,


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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.