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Paris Girls and Milan Boys Punch Tickets to Class 2 Quarterfinals

The Paris girls and Milan boys’ basketball teams are moving on to the Class 2 Quarterfinals following sectional victories at Hannibal High School, Wednesday night.

The Paris Lady Coyotes surged ahead late in the second quarter and never relinquished on their way to a 47-37 win over Scotland County. Tori Hamilton poured in 30 points to lead Paris in the victory. While Hamilton’s offensive performance was vital, Paris coach Garrett Thomas said the guard play from Delaney Wheelan and Nicole Skinner also played a crucial role in the win.

With the win Paris improves to 17-11 and will face Tipton in a Class 2 Quarterfinal at 1 pm Saturday at MACC. Scotland County had previously defeated Paris in the regular season 50-36. However, in Wednesday’s rematch, Scotland County failed to establish their press. Scotland County coach Cory Shultz said it was a struggle for their offense all night.

In the boys contest, Milan led wire-to-wire in a 61-44 win over Van-Far. Both offenses started slow with Milan outscoring the Indians 10-3 in the first quarter. However, the Wildcats’ vaunted offenses came to life in the second quarter by pouring in 20 points for the quarter. Hunter Shaw delivered the exclamation point halfway through the second quarter

Colin Schowe with the call on Superstation KRES and Shaw led Milan with 26 points while Ryan Dabney added 16. The win comes after Van-Far knocked Milan out of the state playoffs the last two years. Milan coach Andrea Dabney said the defense’s first half play was a catalyst to the victory.

With the win Milan improves to 24-3 and advances to face Eugene in Saturday’s quarterfinal. The loss drops Van-Far to 22-7. The Indians’ top two scorers, Verdell Johnson and Colin Wilburn each played through injuries to score nine points apiece. Van-Far coach Pat Connaway said it took too long for their offense to get going in this game.

Van-Far graduates seven seniors from this year’s team.

Paris girls coach Garrett Thomas

Scotland County girls coach Cory Shultz

Milan boys coach Andrea Dabney

Van-Far boys coach Pat Connaway

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