Junior Allison Moore passed 1,000 points in her career as the Paris girls basketball team defeated Marion County 55-22 on Tuesday.
The outcome of the Paris-Marion County girls basketball game was not in doubt by the middle of the first quarter Tuesday night.
The Lady Coyotes outpaced the Lady Mustangs on both ends of the floor to surge to a 21-4 lead before breezing to a 55-22 victory.
For Paris, it was a night of celebration as junior Allison Moore passed 1,000 points in her career, and 11 girls scored at least one bucket en route to the win.
Paris head coach Garrett Thomas mentioned his team made a nice recovery from a disappointing performance against South Callaway in the championship of the Sturgeon Tournament.
“The girls did a pretty good job tonight. We talked going into the game about the need to improve our rebounding and be better than what we were against South Callaway,” Thomas said. “Our girls did a good job of that tonight.”
“In the locker room, we told them to play like we were down, and in that situation, you nit-pick about areas where we can improve,” he added.
Paris plans to have a special presentation for Moore at its home game on Friday night against Knox County.
“It is a special accomplishment no player I have ever coached has achieved,” Thomas said of Moore’s 1,000-point plateau. “She has had a long journey and she has improved all the way. She is good on offense but she is also a special defensive player.”
For Marion County, Payton Hays carried her team with 19 of its 22 points. The junior played aggressive, taking the ball straight at Paris even when her team was down by 20 points.
Megan Zook, head coach of Marion County, said that despite the tough season, she has been pleased with the commitment of her team to play hard.
“I never can take away from the effort our girls give, but when you are limited to six players, it makes it tough to last 32 minutes. But these girls, they never give up,” Zook said, adding that Hays is the team leader every night. “She is a big part of the team…and a target for other teams.”
Paris was paced by Drew Lockhart with 15 points, while Moore posted nine.
Marion County faces Higbee in the opening round of the Brashear Tournament on Monday.