The Paradise Lady Panthers used a 12-1 run to start the game helping build a comfortable lead against rival Boyd Tuesday.
Makenna Burt scored 22 points, and Courtney Kerr added 14 as the Lady Panthers (18-8, 5-2) pulled away for a 57-44 win over the Boyd Lady Jackets (15-9, 1-6).
The win keeps Paradise in third position in District 9-2A.Although leading 23-4 at the end of the first quarter Paradise was unable to put the Lady Jackets away. Boyd outscored the Lady Panthers, 18-9, in the second period to climb back within 34-22.
Bad quarters have been plaguing Paradise most of the year.
“We haven’t put four quarters together all season,” Paradise coach Eddie Fortenberry said. “We are a good team that could be a lot better.
“We hit that lapse in the third quarter where we couldn’t score. We got the shots we wanted; they just wouldn’t go in.”
Boyd’s Abbey Harrell hit four 3-pointers in the second quarter to aid the comeback, and Amber Montgomery scored seven in the third quarter to get the Lady Jackets within seven with a minute left.
“We couldn’t break their press at first, but we settled down and made a valiant comeback,” Boyd coach Lynn Cranfill said. “We were seven down at one point after being down 21 points.
“I’m proud of the girls. We just have some trouble putting it in the hole sometimes, and we missed too many free throws, but you can’t argue with the effort.”
A Kenzie Elkins bucket with 7:34 left in the game got Boyd within six, but it would be as close as they would get. Paradise responded with a 12-2 run to take a 55-38 lead with 1:31 remaining.
Fortenberry hopes his team can keep up the intensity down the stretch run of the district schedule.
“When we are running the ball we are pretty good,” Fortenberry said. “We have to get deeper though. We are not real deep so we run out of gas, and I feel that has something to do with the bad quarters we have.”
Makala Neighbors had 11 points, and Kaylee McConnell tossed in three.
Boyd was led by Montgomery with 16 and Harrell with 14. Elkins finished with six, and Kallie Tyner added five.