WINNSBORO — The Sulphur Springs Lady Cats fell 53-46 to Martin's Mill Saturday in the third place game at the Winnsboro Hoop Fest tournament.
The game marked the second time in as many days, the Lady Cats were pitted against a state-ranked power.
The Lady Cats lost 51-32 Friday to No. 8-state ranked Winnsboro. Martin's Mill is the No. 1 team in the Class 1A, Div. II polls. The Lady Cats defeated Martin's Mill in the same tournament last year.
The loss dropped the Lady Cats to 7-4 for the year.
"We played well, but Martin's Mill got the lead early and held it most of the game," said Jeff Chapman, Sulphur Springs Lady Cats head basketball coach. "We made some runs, but Martin's Mill has a lot of talent. I was proud that we kept fighting. We did well in the fourth quarter."
Fourth place was the best finish by the Lady Cats in recent years competing at the Hoop Fest.
"We did better than we had before in my time coaching here. That tournament has tough competition and we faced two of the top three teams," Chapman said. "We went 2-2 and that was the first time we have done that lately.
In the game with Martin’s Mill - Desi Debase was high point with 24. Kasey Moore had 7 rebounds, 5 points and Destiny Wade scored 7 points and pulled down 7 rebounds.
Chapman said, "Moore had a good game. Desi Debase got some steals and a few layups. Wade played well inside. We just had the other team play better than us like Winnsboro and Martin's Mill. We wanted to force more turnovers, but Winnsboro and Martin's Mill are very good handling the ball. They spread the ball out and are very patient with the ball.
"We had an exciting game the whole way against Martin's Mill," Chapman said. "We had good defense, Wade some blocks for us. We had a decent game shooting the ball. We could use more time working on our shots. We need practice on our 3’s and free throws."
Chapman said he could tell that both Martin's Mill and Winnsboro teams had spent a lot of time in the gym working on their game.
"Some of our girls just came over from volleyball not long ago," Chapman said. "But we are coming on, we don't get many practices this time of year. We play more games with the tournaments and regular schedule.
Chapman said, "We need to get consistent play for our players. Desi needs to work on shooting from 15 feet out and even 3-pointers. Chrissalynd Person can help us with her game, she is quick and athletic. Chaliyah Moore has been helpful in a couple of games. We just need more people to score other than Desi. We are playing nine people and they all need to contribute."
Sulphur Springs plays today in Tyler against John Tyler. The game was originally set for Tueday. Action starts today with the freshman game, followed by the JV and varsity.
"John Tyler is quick and they shoot the ball, they get rid of it very quickly," Chapman said. "I got to see them earlier in the season. They are a taller team than us. They will try to make us chase. We are still learning and it's early in the season.”
Chapman said, “We have to be more patient. I think playing teams like Martin's Mill and Winnsboro will help us. We saw what being patient does for them. I am really impressed with the way the schools in the smaller classifications play. "
Martin’s Mill 53, Sulphur Springs 46
Sulphur Springs 10 5 7 24 -46
Martin’s Mill 12 14 11 16 -53
Sulphur Springs - Kasey Moore 5, Shakoja Debase 3, Desi Debase 24, Chrissalynd Person 4, Chaliyah Moore 3, Destiny Wade 7
Next up - Sulphur Springs at John Tyler tonight, 9th, JV, V, first game at 5 p.m.
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