Mount Paran's Kara Dunn Racks Up 39 Points In Eagles' 64-51 Win Over St. Francis
On Saturday, the Mount Paran Christian Eagles girl’s basketball team hosted the St. Francis Knights in a match up that may have been a preview of a possible meet up between the two teams in the Georgia High School Association Class 1A state championships. The game featured two of Georgia’s top ranked players in Kara Dunn of Mount Paran and Mississippi State signee, Mia Moore of St. Francis, and as expected, the game was close throughout most of the contest, however after trailing 5-0 early in the first quarter, the Eagles would outscore St. Francis 12-4 to close out the first quarter with a 12-9 lead. Outside of a couple of ties, Mount Paran led the remainder of the game, but it was their fourth quarter performance that was the difference maker as they led 45-40 at the start of the period, but would outscore the Knights 19-11 to close out the game with a 64-51 win. Dunn would lead all players finishing with 39 points for the Eagles. St. Francis’ Moore would finish with 18 and Knights’ sophomore Erica Moon added 17 points. Following the win, MPC head coach, Stephanie Dunn said starting slow was an intentional part of their approach to the game so that they would be able to "fill them out," Dunn stated. "We've played each other a lot in the past and thought this would be a great match up for this year," said Dunn. When asked about her conversations with her girls throughout the game, Dunn stated that they simply talked about "playing within ourselves," adding "playing Mount Paran basketball and not trying to do too much." Dunn went on to say that down the stretch, eliminating turnovers will be one of the areas she would like to see her team work on. Watch highlights from the game below now!