The Paris boys got a narrow victory over Scotland County while the Lady Coyotes earned a blowout win on courtwarming at Paris High School Friday night.
A late Walter Rucker basket was enough to give the Paris boys a 44-42 victory over Scotland County in the nightcap. The game was tied at 42-42 with 30 seconds remaining when Rucker stepped up for the Coyotes.
Colin Schowe with the call on Superstation KRES and centralmoinfo.com. Rucker then recorded steals on Scotland County’s final two possessions to seal the game. He finished with 12 points while Evin Reichmann led the Coyotes with 13. Coach Jeremy Skinner said Reichmann was pivotal in the victory.
The Coyotes held a 21-11 lead in the second quarter before a 12-0 run put the Tigers in front early in the third quarter. The game went back and forth the rest of the way. Corbin Blessing led the Tigers with 16 points while Tayte Richmond added 10. Coach Jeremy Austin said two things decided the game.
Paris improves to 6-15 while Scotland County drops 9-11.
In the girls’ game, Paris answered an opening Scotland County basket with a 20-0 run to roll to a 57-26 win. Melanie Moore hit three of her team’s five three-pointers in the opening quarter onslaught. She finished the game with twelve points while Reese Sutton led the Lady Coyotes with 17. Coach Garrett Thomas said Sutton played an excellent all-around game.
Meanwhile, the Paris defense held Scotland County’s top scorer Kwyn Hamlin without a point. Charlee Holland led the Lady Tigers with 11 points. Coach Cory Shultz said he liked the way Holland stepped up.
Scotland County falls to 3-17 and remains winless in Lews and Clark Conference play. Paris has now won five of its last six games to improve to 10-13. You can hear full postgame interviews with the coaches online at centralmoinfo.com.
Paris boys coach Jeremy Skinner
Paris girls coach Garrett Thomas
Scotland County boys coach Jeremy Austin
Scotland County girls coach Cory Shultz