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Panthers Fall to Paris despite Versache's Three-point Barrage

Boys BasketballGreg Higgins

Versache Buchanan did all he could to try to help the North Lamar Panthers defeat their crosstown rival Saturday night. In the end, though, it wasn't enough as Paris High walked out of Wildcat gym with a 65-56 victory to remain undefeated on the season. The 20th ranked Wildcats are now 28-0 for the season while the 24th ranked Panthers fall to 24-6.

Versache finished with 27 points to lead all scorers in the game. All of his points came from beyond the arc. He was near perfect from beyond the arc and single-handedly kept the Panthers in the game. On the other end, North Lamar was able to keep Seljah Johnson in check. Seljah, fresh off a 41 point effort Tuesday night only had 11 points in the win. It was Roy'D Jones that caused problems for the Panthers instead.

Photo by Bill Higgins

Photo by Bill Higgins

Jones finished the game with 20 points to lead the Wildcat attack. Fifteen of those points came in the second half. North Lamar had no answer for his three-point shot nor is ability to penetrate inside the lane. As a matter of fact, the Wildcats aggressively attacked the basket all night long.

Paris went to the foul line 23 times in the game to only 12 for North Lamar. This was a product of the Wildcats driving to the bucket all night long. The game was close all night long. North Lamar took a one point lead into the final quarter and had a chance to take the lead midway through the frame.

Trailing by two points, Seljah fouled Versache on a three-point attempt. Paris coach Billy Mack Steed called a timeout and it worked. Buchanan missed all three foul shots and Paris scored six straight points to take an eight point lead with just over three minutes to play. Quickly the lead became 11 points and that was the end of any chance for the Panthers to win.

With the loss, North Lamar moves into a second place tie with Pleasant Grove at 5-2. North Lamar will host the Hawks Tuesday night at 7:30. Paris High is now in first place in the district with a 7-0 record.