The Eminence Warriors girls’ basketball team hosted the Paris Lady Hounds on Saturday night and fell by 18 points 40-22. When the Warriors played the Lady Hounds to open the season, Paris came out on top 42-5. It was a marked offensive improvement for the Warriors who have struggled to find scoring all season.
The game opened with Paris scoring the first nine points of the game but Brooklyn Moore scored inside late in the period to get the Warriors going.
In the second quarter the Warriors began to find the range behind the 3-point line as Tavianna West and Madison Dockter each it a long range bomb to get the offense going. The Warriors outscored the Lady Hounds 10-9 in the period to trail by a score of 20-14 at the half.
Paris edged back out in the third period after Emily Bryant hit a14-footer in the lane to close the gap to 20-16. Paris scored 11 of the next twelve points to make it 31-17 before Dockter hit another 3-pointer at the buzzer to close the gap to eleven going into the final period.
But the young Warriors, who featured a lineup of four middle schoolers, at times tired in the final period and Paris stretched the final margin to 18 points. The Warriors managed only one West 17-footer in the final period while Paris scored nine points.
West led the Warriors with seven points and Dockter finished with six points.
“I thought the first half we came ready to play,” said Coach Zach Adair. “I was glad to see they could get out of a hole. They were down 9-0 and got back to within one in the second period.
“Our middle school girls lost focus at times in the second half, but that is to be expected from kids so young. They played hard and aggressive at times and I was glad to see that.”
Adair was pleased with the leadership of his senior post player Emily Bryant.
“Emily rebounded well and gave us a low post presence,” Adair said. “She looked to score more tonight and I was pleased with that. She is the most vocal player and tries to keep everybody up.”
The Warriors fell to 0-5 on the season and Paris improved to 5-4.