Four players had 10 points or more as Sulphur Springs used a balanced approach to beat Marshall, 76-33 in Friday district girls basketball action at the SSHS gym.
Desi Debase led the way for the Lady Cats with a double-double. She scored 30 points, had 14 steals in the game. Shakoja Debase popped the net for two 3-pointers and 16 total points. Kasey Moore had 14 points and 12 rebounds for a double-double. Destiny Wade had 10 points, 8 rebounds.
For the night, the Lady Cats hit 26 of 60 two point shots for 43 percent and made 4 of 12 from long distance, shooting 33 percent.
The Lady Cats converted 20 of 47 free throws. Desi Debase attempted 24 from the line, making 8 of the charity shots.
The Sulphur Springs squad dominated the boards with 32 rebounds in the game, evenly divided 16 offensive and 16 defensive. The Lady Cats had 26 steals in the game and 11 deflections.
Marshall got 13 points from Jhaenniece Rasberry for top honors on the night.
The Lady Cats had a very slow start, missing their early free throws as they fell behind by as many as eight points in the opening period. But Sulphur Springs rallied in the second half going on a 20-1 run to start the third period to take control of the game.
The contest had a weird ending with Marshall losing four players to fouls. The Lady Mavs were down to just three players on the court to conclude the game against the traditional five for the Lady Cats.
"This was the strangest game I have ever seen or been a part of," said Jeff Chapman, Sulphur Springs head girls basketball coach. "Marshall was fouling like crazy. At the end they just had three players left to play, I haven’t seen that. Then Marshall held the ball. We decided not to go out since we had such a big lead. I wanted to be sportsmanlike and all that, but my girls did not want to end the game like that. They want to attack and play, that is what we teach. I happy we won, we will take a district win any time. It was a strange ending."
The visitors had a good first quarter. Marshall went ahead 10-2 after the Lady Cats could not hit a free throw going 0 for 10 from the line in the first three minutes. Finally near the end of the first frame Shakoja Debase made four free throws, Kasey Moore canned an inside shot and Desi Debase hit a short jumper to reduce the Marshall lead to 14-13 as action shifted to the second quarter.
"I think the girls took Marshall for granted. We did not play well early. I guess the girls thought Marshall was just going to lay down. But they didn't they had a good effort," Chapman said. "We need to get out of this habit of not playing hard against teams we think we can beat. You have to play well and do the right things in every game. Tonight we did them for about three quarters. We should do them for a whole game. That's what really good teams do."
In the second period, the teams traded hoops with the game tied at 14 and 16. Desi Debase was still struggling at the free throw line but Moore and Wade scored on put back buckets in the low post. The Lady Cats slipped ahead 21-19 with less than three minutes to go before intermission. The Lady Cats continued to score with the home team putting together a 20-point second period. The first half ended with Marshall on the short end of a 33-20 score.
Chapman said, "At the half we talked and I told the team what kind of effort we needed. They assured me they would play hard and get out on the traps and presses. That’s what we started doing and those turnovers let to us getting the points we needed."
Sulphur Springs had a third quarter to remember as they blew the roof off the game with a 33-12 period. The Lady Cats came out of the locker room scoring points in chunks. They not only scored on offense, but were picking the pockets of the less nimble Marshall team for easy layups.
To illustrate how quickly the Lady Cats were scoring, their lead of 15 points, 35-20 with 7:24 left in the frame exploded to a 30 points bulge just three minutes later. The Lady Cats had a flurry of points from Desi and Shakoja Debase, Wade and Moore. Shakoja Debase swished the net for two 3-pointers during the onslaught. Halfway through the third period, the Lady Cats were red hot and rolling with a 51-21 lead. The third period ended with Sulphur Springs holding a 63-28 advantage.
The fourth period was icy slow in comparison as the Lady Cats chose to stay back and not force the three remaining Marshall players to compete. Only 11 points were tallied in the final frame, 10 for Sulphur Springs a lone point for the visitors.
Sulphur Springs won by the 76-33 final.
"People don't like it when we win by a big margin, but every other team wins by 30 or 40," Chapman added. "I guess they were used to the days when Sulphur Springs was down. But we won and that's what we wanted. We got the win and were 5-2 with three games left. We feel like we are playing pretty well. I'd like for us to play four quarters to get ready for a run to the playoffs."
Scoring box, Sulphur Springs 76, Marshall 33
Sulphur Springs 13 20 33 10 -76
Marshall 14 6 12 1 -33
Sulphur Springs - Kasey Moore 14, Sarah Womack 4, Shakoja Debase 16, Desi Debase 30, Destiny Wade 10, Chrissalynd Person 2
Marshall - Anna Runnels 5, Myeea Ford 5, Jhanneice Rasberry 13, Brea Robinson 8, Troymesha Smith 2.
Next up - Sulphur Springs at Mount Pleasant, Tuesday.
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