Paris High School boys coach Wade Billington finally has some positive developments for his team in what has been a tough 2017-18 campaign.

Paris High School boys coach Wade Billington finally has some positive developments for his team in what has been a tough 2017-18 campaign.

On Tuesday, his Coyotes were loaded for revenge when they defeated Madison 59-49 in a home game, making up for a buzzer-beating shot by Jimmy Layton give the Panthers a 47-45 win in the Madison tournament two weeks ago.

Then on Friday night, the Coyotes traveled to Laddonia to face Community High School, losing 66-56 in a competitive game that left Billington feeling good about his team.

“We have players back from injuries, and out young guys are beginning to perform,” Billington said Friday night after the Community loss. ‘I am very proud of the way they played tonight.”

Against Madison, the Coyotes came out shooting. Unlike some tentative moments in the loss at Madison, Paris played aggressive on both ends of the floor, particularly from freshman Chris Ebbesmeyer and sophomore Blake Turner, who missed much of the season with a knee injury.

“We played pretty well. We are moving in the right direction,” Billington said of the Madison game. “It nice to get Blake back…our guys are starting to play much better.”

The game was iced by Turner in the last two minutes with four critical foul shots.

“Blake has really worked on his shot a lot and his free throw shots have been getting better, so I was not worried at all with him at the line,” Billington said.

Adam Forrest paced the Coyotes with 15 points, including two buckets from 3-point range. In fact, Paris scored 27 points from beyond the arc. Ebbesmeyer and sophomore Konner Heitmeyer each connect on three shots from 3-point range, while Turner one of his three attempts at 3-pointers.

Against Community, the Coyotes caught Trojans coach Matt Thomas off guard with an aggressive man-to-man defense, which gave the team fits.

“We were prepared for a zone defense, so, yes, I was very surprised, and they played it very well,” Thomas said.