The Paris girls basketball team saw its season end Saturday afternoon with a 40-33 loss to South Shelby in the Class 2 District 6 championship.

The Paris girls basketball team saw its season end Saturday afternoon with a 40-33 loss to South Shelby in the Class 2 District 6 championship.

The defeat ended the Lady Coyotes run of eight straight victories through the semifinal round of district play.

The contest was truly a tale of two halves.

No. 2 seed Paris (21-7) controlled much of the game before halftime before top-seeded South Shelby (20-8) responded in the second half to claim the title.

Senior Grace Peak opened the game with a 3-pointer for Paris, which took what seemed to be a comfortable 11-5 lead at the end of the opening stanza.

Allison Moore scored five points in the period, highlighted by a three-point play.

At the midpoint of the second quarter, South Shelby started a comeback, ending the half trailing by just a bucket, 21-19.

In the third quarter, Paris went flat, as South Shelby held the Lady Coyotes to four points in the period to enter the fourth tied at 25.

South Shelby took control in the final period, outscoring the Lady Coyotes 15-8 to secure the outcome.

Paris coach Garrett Thomas was reflective after the loss.

“I thought as usual the girls played hard the entire time,” he said. “We got a good lead but started to lose it toward halftime and got off to a very slow start in the second half. It is disappointing to end this way. We played some great games this season and nobody is prepared to lose the last game to end the season. You always believe that you can go further.”

Thomas mentioned the South Shelby defense simply played better than his offense in the fourth quarter.

“We just got behind and we simply could not get back on track,” he said. “Their defense held us — and our defense played well — but we could not get it going. I’m not sure if was nerves or whatever. At the end of the day, their defense did a good job of keeping our better players from scoring, and that’s what it takes to win.”

The graduating Paris seniors ended their careers having posted 83 wins over their four seasons together.

“After the game, I told them I was proud,” Thomas said. “We had a good season, and they are good girls on the court and in school. This is a great group of girls. They are great teammates, they are close and they are good students. I told them that I hoped all the hard work will translate into good things later in life.”