Charleston Holds Off Paris, 59-48
PARIS — Paris never could quite pull the upset over the front-running Charleston in the 3A-4 makeup game on Monday, but the Eagles gave the Tigers a test.
Charleston (21-5, 12-0) held a single-digit lead for most of the game, but never put it away until the final minutes. Matthew Ward had 15 points, Chance Shelby 12 and Andrew Smith had 10. Ty Storey added eight and Taylor King seven for the balanced Tigers’ attack.
Paris (8-13, 4-7) was paced by Matthew Fitzjurls with 15 points with four 3-pointers. Jordan Forbis added 11 for the Eagles.
“Charleston is a very good basketball team, they beat us by 35 or 40 the first time over at their place — it was a mercy rule,” Paris coach Mike Foster. “We are young and have been playing a lot better the last couple of weeks, we have just lost some close games. I wanted to see us come in and work hard and and I think we out-rebounded them, so that is good to see.”
Charleston led 14-13 after the first quarter and stretched it to 28-22 at the halftime break. Still, Paris was as close as 35-31 midway through the third quarter and the home crowd was smelling upset.
Charleston freshman Brandon Fenner helped quell that kind of talk with a back-to-back 3-pointers that stretched the Tiger lead to 54-44 and forced a Paris time out.
“Hat’s off to Paris, they are much improved,” Charleston coach B.J. Ross said. “We got in some foul trouble and didn’t play our best, but when we had to have a couple of buckets and we found a win to get them. I knew we were going to get their best and we did. We are just glad to get this win.”
Paris 49, Charleston 33
GIRLS — Charleston held the lead and the momentum heading to the fourth quarter and was in prime position to spring an upset.
But Paris responded with a 22-4 fourth quarter to pull away for the victory.
Christa Huber had 15 points, Lycia Peevy 12 and Morgan Highfield had 11 for Paris (19-5, 9-2).
“We talked in the huddle before the fourth quarter, ‘Hey, we’re not going to lose this ball game,” Paris coach Toby Tevebaugh said. “I was proud of the way they responded to being down. That is a mark of a mature basketball team and I haven’t used that word a lot this year to describe this basketball team.”
Charleston (14-10, 9-4) was led by 14 points from Taylor Jones. Morgan Prescott had nine and Becca White eight for Charleston.
Prescott hit a couple of 3-pointers in the third quarter as Charleston turned a 23-17 deficit at the half into a 30-27 leading heading to the fourth.
Highfield and Huber sparked the run early in the fourth quarter.
“Morgan brings us a lot of energy and she got out on their point guard and really disrupted what they were trying to do,” Tevebaugh said. “Christa is always going to do what we need her to do.’
Charleston 59, Paris 48
Charleston 14 14 15 16 — 59
Paris 13 9 10 16 — 48
Charleston (21-5, 12-0): Ward 15, Shelby 12, Smith 10, Storey 8, King 7, Fenner 6.
Paris (8-13, 4-7): Fitzjurls 15, Forbis 11, Rice 9, Buchanan 8, Owens 3, Nehus 2.
Paris 49, Charleston 33
Charleston 6 11 13 3 — 33
Paris 11 12 4 22 — 49
Paris (19-5, 9-2): C.Huber 15, Peevy 12, Highfield 11, Diaz 6, Tencleve 3, Simmons 2.
Charleston (14-10, 8-4): Jones 14, Prescott 9, White 8, West 2.