By ISAAC DEER
After starting the season 0-4, Cair Paravel Latin's girls have have moved forward instead of backward, winning three out of their last four games, including a 38-27 home victory over Bishop Ward Tuesday night.
Cair Paravel has averaged 34 points per game on the season, but the Lions' play on defense has been a key to the Lions' climb to success.
The Lions didn’t light up the scoreboard against Ward, but it got the job done.
The team’s leading scorer, Lauren Dunn, finished the night with 12 points, and guard Jaley Barkley added seven points.
Cair Paravel girls coach Brian Ewing is content with the way the Lady Lions have been playing lately.
“It helps being at practice more,'' Ewing said. "We have good unity right now. COVID has had everyone messed up, but with everyone now being at practice, things are looking better.''
In the first quarter, Cair Paravel got off to a hot start, stretching out an 8-2 run against the Lady Cyclones.
After a crucial timeout, Bishop Ward clawed back with a 9-0 run on their own to take the lead before the end of the first quarter.
That 9-0 run by the Lady Cyclones didn’t have much effect on Cair Paravel, with the Lions consistent the entire game after that.
Unselfishness from the Lady Lions would pay big dividends, with seven Cair Paravel players scoring before halftime.
While the Lady Lions were only able to put together six points in the third quarter, they didn’t allow Bishop Ward to collect one single point.
That scoreless third quarter by the Lady Cyclones built up some frustration and Cair Paravel took advantage of that.
Cair Paravel, which improved to 5-6, took care of business in the fourth quarter of the contest, closing out the win.
“Not every win is going to be pretty,'' Ewing said. "I thought (the game) was a little bit of an uglier one, but a win is still a win.''
“Friday we are playing a team we already beat once,'' Ewing said of Friday's road game at Maranatha Academy. "They will be hungry. We need to impose our will on them instead of them imposing their will on us. We want this win and I hope we can beat them again.''
CAIR PARAVEL GIRLS 38, BISHOP WARD 27
Bishop Ward 11 9 0 7 – 27
Cair Paravel 10 10 6 12 – 38
Bishop Ward (1-7) – Rosales 4 3-3 12, Oropeza 2 5-6 9, Mendez 1 1-2 3, Collins 1 0-0 3.
Cair Paravel (5-6) – Drum 6 0-2 12, Barkley 2 2-2 7, A. Schwarz 2 1-2 5, Kuder 2 0-2 4, Babbit 1 1-2 3, Chada 1 1-2 3, Ewing 1 0-0 2, Cleverdon 1 0-0 2.
3-point goals -- Cair Paravel 1, Bishop Ward 2. Total fouls -- Cair Paravel 17, Bishop Ward 14.