The Sulphur Springs Lady Cats won their 20th game of the year and snapped a two-game district losing streak, downing Hallsville 43-32 here Friday night in 14-4A play.
The Lady Cats (20-9, 3-2) got four 3-pointers and 13 points from Shakoja Debase from the outside. She scored 11 points in the second half with the game on the line. On the inside, Destiny Wade ruled the paint with 15 points and 9 boards in the big district game. Fellow post player Kasey Moore had 9 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks, 2 steals. Point guard Desi Debase drew defensive attention and was held to 6, some 14 points below her season average of 20.3 per game.
Hallsville (1-4, 10-15) stayed close most the game before the Lady Cats pulled away late, hitting key free throws to ice the game. Top scorer for the visitors was Nathalia Lomax with 16, with 9 of her points coming in the final half.
"We had other girls step up when Desi did not score as much as usual. I had been telling the girls we needed more players in double figures and we got that," said Jeff Chapman, Sulphur Springs head girls basketball coach. "I am proud of the win, we played well and won even after teams had adjusted to us. The last time we played Hallsville they gave up a lot more runouts and layups. This time they got back better on defense. Our defense got stops when we need them. We had some mental lapses, but we played well most of the game. We're just glad to be 3-2 and not 2-3 after the first round."
Sulphur Springs ended the first half with late scoring surge. Shakoja Debase hit her first 3-pointer of the game in the wanning seconds of the second period. At intermission, the Lady Cats were up by 10-points, 24-14.
The lead was quickly chipped away at by Hallsville as the visitors outscored Sulphur Springs 12-7 in the third period.
Shakoja Debase swished two 3-pointers to account for the early points in the third frame. The Lady Cats were up 30-17 halfway through the third frame. Hallsville answered with three-point play by Lomax and a fastbreak bucket from Chabria Mitchell. The third quarter ended with Sulphur Springs holding a 31-26 lead.
In final period, the Lady Cats got boost from the inside game with Kasey Moore hitting back-to-back buckets from point blank range. The Lady Cats went up 35-26 with 5:10 left to play. Hallsville responded with points by Lomax and Elisha Leathers. The visitors were with eight points, 37-32 with 2:17 remaining. Sulphur Springs got another 3-point missile and two free throws from Shakoja Debase. Destiny Wade added a late shot from the charity stripe and the Lady Cats won by the 11-point margin, 43-32.
The Sulphur Springs defense held Hallsville scoreless the last two minutes of the game.
In the first quarter, Wade got a nice pass from Kasey Moore as the home team went up 2-0. Moore then scored on a point blank shot as the lead went to 4-0. Hallsville scored the next five points of the game as pulled ahead 5-4 near the halfway mark of the first frame. The Lady Cats went back to their strong inside game with Wade and Moore scoring more in the paint. The first quarter ended with Sulphur Springs put together a 5-0 lead to get their advantage up to 10-5.
Desi Debase got a free throw, but had trouble finding her shooting touch thanks to attention by Hallsville. Then the point guard got her teammate involved with perfect passes to Wade in the lane. The Lady Cats were up 17-9 and starting to pull away. Lomax hit a 3-pointer from the lane for Hallsville with 2:20 left in the first half. But the Sulphur Springs squad strung together four points by Wade in the paint and a key 3-pointer from Shakoja Debase. The first half ended with Sulphur Springs ahead by 10, 24-14.
In the second half, the teams traded buckets with Sulphur Springs scoring 19 points, compared to 18 by Hallsville. But the Lady Cats secured the home win by 11 points, taking the district contest, 43-32.
"Both posts (Moore and Wade) played excellent. We had to get those points and rebounds with Desi getting a lot of attention," Chapman said. "Shakoja hit some key 3-pointers, we had been working on that."
Scoring box, Sulphur Springs 43,
Hallsville 5 9 12 6 -32
Sulphur Springs 10 14 7 12 -43
Sulphur Springs - Kasey Moore 9, Desi Debase 6, Shakoja Debase 13, Destiny Wade 15
Hallsville- Elisha Leathers 6, Junesha Williams 6, Lomax 16, Dominique Templeton 2, Chabria Mitchell 2.
Junior varsity - Hallsville 36, Sulphur Springs 23
Sulphur Springs - Caitlyn Cook 5, Michelle Good 2, Jada Goodson 12, Lexie Moore 2, Ericka Wade 2.
Next up - Lady Cats host Pine Tree, Tuesday, JV, V, 5:30, 7 p.m.
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