MARSHALL — Sulphur Springs ran their district record to 2-0 for the year with a 63-42 win here Tuesday over Marshall.
Desi Debase had 29 points and 9 steals to lead the Lady Cats as they remained undefeated in loop action. Destiny Wade had a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Shakoja Debase had 12 points and 5 boards. Kasey Moore was second on the team in rebounding with 8 boards.
Sulphur Springs fell behind early, but came storming back to take the lead in the first half and never look back.
The Lady Cats had a 23-10 run in the second quarter to spark the big victory.
The loss dropped Marshall to 4-11 for the year, 0-2 in district. The Lady Mavs have suffered defeats at the hands of Texas High and Sulphur Springs.
"We played well on defense, we gave up about the number of points we wanted to allow," said Jeff Chapman, Sulphur Springs Lady Cats head basketball coach. "We played them pretty tight and we rebounded well. Marshall was playing kind of short-handed like us. They are down to seven players, we just have eight right now. Marshall is a young team, they don't have any seniors on the varsity. We just have one senior."
Chapman said, "We went behind early, but we were up double digits at halftime. Then we led the rest of the way. We got the scoring I was looking for in the game. For us to get more than 50 is good. We had a team effort, Desi got her points. We also had good contributions from Moore, Shakoja Debase and Wade. Destiny really dominate the inside game. Shakoja was able to hit some outside shots and that helped too."
The Lady Cats were able to not only use defenses their regular ones, but different zones the coach recently installed.
"We're trying to be more multiple on defense and we were able to use several different looks," Chapman said. "We used a 1-3-1 trap and we got about six points from turnovers against our half court trap."
For the game, Sulphur Springs had 30 rebounds, 25 steals and 20 deflections.
The Lady Cats continued to score well off forced turnovers as the Lady Mavs had more than 30 in the game.
"We are fortunate that Desi is so quick. She can catch the long passes and take them down and score, not every player can do that," Chapman said. "We were rebounding well and getting turnovers to getting good runouts. We started doing that in the second quarter and did more of it in the second half. We outrebounded Marshall for the night. They don't have that much height, they are not as tall as Pine Tree."
The Lady Cats are 18-7 overall, 2-0 in district.
"We're in good shape right now," Chapman said. "To be 2-0 with the chance of being 3-0 at home Friday after we play Mount Pleasant is something I will take. Mount Pleasant is pretty good, they recently beat Pine Tree. So we should have a pretty good matchup with them Friday. Hopefully we will play well at home. You got to get the games when you can and you think you should have a better chance at home. But you never know, we have a lot of games left."
The matchup Friday with Mount Pleasant will be in the newly refurbished SSHS gym. No ninth grade game will be held. The junior varsity game is set for 5:30 p.m. and the varsity tilt at 7 p.m.
"We only have eight players, we need to do a good job. We are working at playing well and staying out of foul trouble since we have such a limited bench," Chapman said.
The coach added that no ninth grade games will be played the remainder of the district schedule.
Mount Pleasant beat Pine Tree, 42-34 Tuesday night.
Scoring box, Sulphur Springs 63, Marshall 42
Sulphur Springs 5 23 17 18 -63
Marshall 4 10 13 15 -42
Sulphur Springs - Kasey Moore 4, Sarah Womack 2, Shakoja Debase 12, Desi Debase 29, Chrissalynd Person 1, Chaliyah Moore 2, Destiny Wade 13. FT’s- 10-24
Next up - Sulphur Springs, 18-7, 2-0 host Mount Pleasant, Friday, JV, 5:30, V, 7 p.m.
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