By David Sharp
Knox County outscored Paris 23-12 in the fourth quarter of December 1 varsity girls’ basketball play at Paris and pulled out a 61-54 victory.
The Lady Eagles had four players score in double figures. Stacey Leckbee scored a game high 17 points to go along with five steals.
The Lady Eagles led by two points entering the second period. Paris shut down their guests offensively and moved to a 26-22 halftime lead with an 11-5 second quarter run.
“They shot the ball very well,” said Knox County coach John Weaver of the Lady Coyotes. “They have a lot of experience coming back. They shot close to 60% from the field. That’s why it was a close game.”
“We were able to do enough in the final five or six minutes of the game to pull out a victory on the road. Becca Mallett came off the bench and scored 11 points in the second half.”
“Hannah Dale came in and hit two big shots,” said John Weaver. “We had some experienced players that really stepped up for us. We had a lot of scoring balance. Katie Ausmus had a big defensive game. Everybody contributed.”
The teams battled to a 42-38 Paris lead after three quarters. Knox County was able to shut down 6’1” center Amanda DeOrnellas and all Lewis and Clark Conference guard Tessa Henderson in the fourth quarter.
The Lady Coyotes made all six of their free throws, four in the final quarter. The Lady Eagles sealed the deal at the free throw line sinking 12 of 18 tries for 66%. Myra Parrish and Stacey Leckbee drilled home run balls in the final eight minutes.
Parrish was 3-4 at the free throw line in the fourth quarter and Leckbee was 4-6 from the charity stripe in the final period. The Lady Eagles pulled down 30 rebounds, dished out 12 assists and stole the basketball 16 times. Knox County turned the ball over 12 times in the contest.
Myra Parrish was 4-6 from the field and finished with 14 points. Parrish added four steals and two assists. Becca Mallett turned in a 13 point, ten rebound effort. Mallett shot 50% from the field. Amber Ausmus, Becca Mallett and Lorrie Peters blocked a shot each.
Lorrie Peters shot 55% from the field. Peters scored 11 points with six rebounds. Hannah Dale scored four points with five rebounds. Knox County’s depth proved critical to their first win of the season.
Katie Ausmus scored two points and played a strong floor game. Katie Ausmus had four assists, five steals and four rebounds. The Lady Eagles were 20-48 (42%) from the field and 3-13 (23%) from three point range.
Tessa Henderson led Paris with 15 points. Amanda DeOrnellas put in 14 points, 12 in the first three quarter. Payton Gruber was in double figures with ten points before fouling out in the fourth quarter.