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Paris Spoils Lady Eagle Season Opener
By David Sharp
Payton Gruber fired in a game high 27 points, leading Paris to a 52-40 win in varsity girls’ action at Knox County. The Lady Eagles had difficulty getting shots to fall.
Returning all conference guard Hannah Strange sat out much of the game in foul trouble.
Knox County (0-1) got off to a good start, taking a 10-6 lead after one period of play. Payton Gruber led a 17-6 second quarter run to a 23-16 Coyote half time lead.
Paris outscored the Lady Eagles 15-8 in the third quarter for a 38-24 lead. Lauren Dale and Hannah Strange sank Knox County fourth quarter home run balls.
The Lady Eagles could not overcome the 14 point deficit in eight minutes, dropping the 52-40 decision.
“We played all right in some aspects of the game,” Knox County coach Ron Lebel said.
“We are going to have to find ways to score some points. You can find points other ways besides shooting really well.”
Knox County turned the ball over 16 times as a team. Haley Frederick and Shelby Dickey added eight Paris points each.
Sarah Dooley led the Lady Eagles in scoring with 11 points. Dooley added four rebounds. Hannah Strange scored nine points with nine boards before fouling out with about three minutes to play in the game.
Alex Hamlin scored five points with as many rebounds. McKaiya Miller scored four points with three assists and a steal. Taylor Lincoln fired in a first quarter home run ball and finished with four points.
Lauren Dale scored three points. Devin Gudehus scored three points with six rebounds. Amy Gudehus added a Lady Eagle point. Knox County hosted Canton on December 3 and traveled to Schuyler County for a December 7 conference game.