MARTIN’S MILL — A cold first half doomed the Lady Cats.
Despite staging a second half rally, Sulphur Springs lost 58-41 to the Class 1A, Div. 1 No. 1 ranked Lady Mustangs in Friday non-district girls basketball.
Sulphur Springs outscored Martin’s Mill 18-17 in the third period but it was not enough to save the day.
The Lady Cats fell behind 15-6 after one period and by halftime Martin’s Mill was red-hot and rolling with a 29-14 lead.
“I knew we were not focused. I saw it in practice. This stretch between Thanksgiving and Christmas is always tough for us. If you come out and don’t play well against a team like Martin’s Mill you are going to lose every time,” said Jeff Chapman, Sulphur Springs head girls basketball coach. “We had the big win over Miller Grove and must have thought this was going to be easy. It wasn’t, Martin’s Mill is a very tough place to play.”
Chapman said his team took note of the banners hanging on the walls of the gym next to the large photos of the Martin’s Mill state championship teams.
“Martin’s Mill plays well at home. They shot the ball well, they were relaxed,” Chapman said. “It was a tough atmosphere for us being the visitors.”
Destiny Wade and Desi Debase tied for high point honors with 17 each in the game. They were the only Lady Cats in double figures. Wade topped the team with 7 rebounds.
“We need more scoring and I have told my team this,” Chapman said. “Desi usually gets her points, but we need four people in double figures in each game. We didn’t get our scores off turnovers like we usually do because Martin’s Mill does not make mistakes. You can tell by watching them that they are No. 1 for a reason. They are patient, we don’t do well against patient teams.”
The Lady Cats fell to 12-5 with the defeat, Martin’s Mill is now 16-1 for the year.
“The five losses we have this year are all in games against state ranked teams. It is not like we are getting beat by some average Joes,” Chapman said. “But when you get beat by a team like this, you have to learn something from it. Martin’s Mill is so good because they work at basketball. The teams which have beat us (Martin’s Mill, Lindale and Winnsboro) would have beaten a lot of teams. We need to learn from this and work on those lessons in practice. Playing good teams makes your team better.”
Scoring box - Martin’s Mill 58, Sulphur Springs 41
Sulphur Springs 6 8 18 9 -41
Martin’s Mill 15 14 17 12 -58
Kasey Moore 2, Shakoja Debase 4, Desi Debase 17, Chrissalynd Person 1, Destiny Wade 17.
Next up - Canton at Sulphur Springs girls, SSMS Tuesday.
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