TYLER — Chrissalynd Person’s short range bucket off the glass, capped a scoring run and lifted the Sulphur Springs Lady Cats to a hard-fought 58-56 win Monday over John Tyler.
Sulphur Springs fell behind late in the game, but closed out the fourth quarter with an 18-8 scoring burst. The Lady Cats scored the final eight points of the contest.
“We won in what you would call a hostile environment. But we were not intimidated. Playing tough games like this will help us in district,” said Jeff Chapman, Sulphur Springs head girls basketball coach.
Desi Debase was high point for the Lady Cats with 24, Kasey Moore added 14 and Destiny Wade scored 11 as the Lady Cats used balanced scoring to produce the win.
John Tyler also had three players in double figures scoring, led by Tameal Jones and Amia Wickware with 13 each.
“We were down 10 points in the fourth quarter. We had been in our half court trap and we went to full court pressure and started getting some turnovers,” Chapman said. “We got the ball and made a run, Desi had some big buckets and free throws. Desi made two late free throws to tie the game. Then Desi had a nice bounce pass to Chrissalynd Person for a shot off the backboard for our last bucket.”
Person’s shot turned out to be the game-winner. The Lady Lions got the ball to half court and called time. The Lady Cats defense would not surrender an easy shot and John Tyler missed a last second, long-range heave for a 3-pointer.
“We played well. Kasey Moore did more scoring around the goal and got several big rebounds,” Chapman said. “Shakoja and Destiny shot the ball well and had some good assists.”
The teams traded buckets early, the game was tied nine times, including a 28-all deadlock at the half.
John Tyler outscored Sulphur Springs 20-12 during the third period.
The Wildcats rallied late to take the non-district victory by a lone bucket, 58-56.
“This was a big win for us. We sure did not want to go into the Edgewood Tournament having lost three games in a row,” Chapman said.
Sulphur Springs won the first two games of the Hoop Fest Tournament, but lost to state powerhouses Winnsboro and Martin’s Mill in their final two games as they went 2-2 in the tournament.
Sulphur Springs will be competing in the Edgewood Tournament starting Thursday in Edgewood. The Lady Cats open the tournament with a 3:30 p.m. game against Wills Point. If they win they play at 11 a.m. against the winner of North Forney/Winnsboro. If Sulphur Springs loses, they play at 5 p.m. Friday against the loser of the North Forney/Winnsboro game.
Sulphur Springs 58, John Tyler 56
Sulphur Springs 13 15 12 18 - 58
John Tyler 13 15 20 8 - 56
SULPHUR SPRINGS - Kasey Moore, 14; Shakoja Debase, 6; Desi Debase, 24; Chrissalynd Pearson, 2; Chaliyah Moore, 1; Destiny Wade, 11. FG 20-55 FT 16-23.
JOHN TYLER - Ashtyn Beal, 8; Tiaka Lee, 4; Tameal Jones, 13; Quaneshia Johnson, 11; Amia Wickware, 13; Donishia Rouege, 0; Nola Jackson, 7; Kayla Webb, 0. FG 21-57 FT 12-24.
Three-Point Goals--SS 2-8 (D. Debase, Wade), JT 2-12 (Beal, Jones). Rebounds-SS 39 (K. Moore 10), JT 42 (Wickware 13). Assists-SS 15 (D. Debase 6), JT 7 (Johnson 3). Turnovers-SS 16, JT 19. Total Fouls-SS 18, JT 19.
RECORDS - Sulphur Springs 8-3; John Tyler 4-5.
JV SCORE - John Tyler 48, Sulphur Springs 12.
FRESHMAN SCORE - John Tyler 37, Sulphur Springs 17.
NEXT UP - Thursday-Saturday: Sulphur Springs, Edgewood Tournament.
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