The Panther Press

Pantherettes Claim District Title with a Win Over Paris High

Girls BasketballGreg Higgins
North Lamar Pantherette seniors (from left to right): Lexie Stephens, Jordan Jones, Aaryn Honeywood, Kylie Halstead and Bailey Exum.

North Lamar Pantherette seniors (from left to right): Lexie Stephens, Jordan Jones, Aaryn Honeywood, Kylie Halstead and Bailey Exum.

Last month, when Paris hosted North Lamar, the Lady Cats jumped out to a 10 point lead before falling to the Pantherettes. Friday night, in front of a packed Panther gym, North Lamar echoed last month's win as they defeated their crosstown rival 54-42.

Midway through the second quarter, Paris held a 21-13 lead over North Lamar. The Pantherettes, however, would close the half on a 9-0 run to take a 22-21 lead into the break. North Lamar came out in the second half on a mission as they dominated the third quarter. The Pantherettes outscored Paris High 18-9 in the third quarter to take a 10 point lead into the final frame.

The fourth quarter was pretty much back and forth for both teams. At the final buzzer, it was North Lamar standing victorious with a 54-42 victory. The victory clinched the District 15-4A title for North Lamar, who moved to 24-6 (9-0) on the season. North Lamar will finish the regular season at Pleasant Grove Tuesday night.

Friday night's win was special for another reason: Senior Night. Friday night was the last time the seniors will play a basketball game on their home floor. It was an emotional night for everyone involved. This senior class, Aaryn Honeywood, Bailey Exum, Kylie Halstead, Lexie Stephens and Jordan Jones, is the biggest class coach Arledge has had in his coaching career.

"I couldn't be more proud of [the seniors] and I told them that," head coach Chris Arledge said after the game. "The deserve everything they've accomplished. The great thing about this group of seniors - all five of them - is that they really love one another."

North Lamar was led in scoring by Madison Morrison with 17 points. Halstead had 13 and Bill Jones had nine. Jazz Pipkins led Paris High with 20 points. Mae-Mae Council had 13.