Paris hosted the Dardanelle Sand Lizards Thursday in River Valley high school basketball action. The Sand Lizards proved to be too much for the Eagles as the Dardanelle boys varsity defeated Paris 66-42 and the Lady Lizards defeated Paris 32-21. Both Paris teams played hard, but in the end, the more experienced, Class 4A Sand Lizards pulled ahead to win in the second halves of both games.
Both the Paris boys and girls varsity teams are young and have relatively inexperienced players. Both teams should be much improved after the first of January after they have the opportunity to play together for about a month.
The Paris junior high teams won their games Thursday night versus Dardanelle, indicating that the future is bright for Paris basketball. The infusion of talent from junior high next year combined with young varsity teams this year should position the Eagles well next year in their new conference.
But for this year, both the Paris boys and girls teams play extremely hard and will improve as the season progresses. The Eagles need their loyal fans to continue to support them through the early portion of the schedule.
Paris returns to the court in less than 24 hours when the Eagles host County Line tonight at the Paris gymnasium. The Lady Eagles game is scheduled to tip off at 6 p.m. with the boys game to follow. The rivalry with Paris and County Line always produces some exciting games, and tonight’s games should be no different.