MOUNT PLEASANT — The hometown Lady Tigers broke a late 52-all tie with Des’rae Mosley’s bucket in the final seconds to claim a 54-52 win over Sulphur Springs in 14-4A girls basketball action Tuesday.
The Lady Cats (22-9, 5-3) overcame an early deficit to get back in the game and took the contest to the wire.
"We had a defensive mistake, we missed an assignment. That let Mount Pleasant get a shot on the baseline with less than 10 seconds to go.We had a last chance, but we were unable to go the length of the court," said Jeff Chapman, Sulphur Springs head girls basketball coach. "We made some mistakes. We missed our chances. It was just one of those games where we never could get control of the game. Mount Pleasant kept coming back, so they deserve credit for that."
Destiny Wade was high point for the Lady Cats with 14 points, she added 7 rebounds. Kasey Moore had 12 points, 7 boards. Shakoja Debase added 13 points, including three 3-pointers.
Ladeshia Gillard had 22 points and Genesis Alvarez added 16 for the Lady Tigers. Mount Pleasant is 19-5, 7-1.
Chapman said, "We got some scoring from Desi Debase. They put two people on her and paid a lot of attention to her. We scored inside with Kasey Moore and Destiny Wade. Moore played well, she fouled out late in the game, but she played well. Shakoja Debase, Chaliyah Moore Chrissalynd Person and Sydney Fisher did a good job. We scored enough points. When we get to 50, we should win. In this game we scored 52, but gave up 54."
"We were down in the first half because we got off to a slow start. But we battled and clawed back and tied the game at 28-all at the half," Chapman said. "We just could not stop No. 20 (Ladaisha Gillard) for Mount Pleasant. She is big and athletic."
Chapman said, "We were up five to seven points in the third period. We just could not pull away. Mount Pleasant got some fast breaks to get back in the game."
The Lady Cats came up with six steals in the game, far below their average. They also pulled down 22 rebounds, 15 coming on the offensive end.
"We are still making errors," Chapman said. "We gave up too many points. But I was proud of the effort. This team always fights tooth and nail. We had our three-game winning streak snapped and that is disappointing. We wanted to win and be 6-2 and have a split with Mount Pleasant, but that did not work out. We played better, we just don't matchup well to athletic teams like Mount Pleasant and Texas High."
The Lady Cats host Texas High Friday for Senior Night activities. Fisher is the only senior on the team and will be honored in pre-game festivities.
The junior varsity game starts at 5:30 p.m. with senior activities preceeding the 7:15 p.m. varsity start against the Lady Tigers.
Scoring box, Mount Pleasant 54,
Sulphur Springs 52
Sulphur Springs 11 17 16 8 -52
Mount Pleasant 18 10 15 11 -54
Sulphur Springs - Sydney Fisher 2, Kasey Moore 12, Shakoja Debase 13, Desi Mosley 4, Chrissalynd Person 3, Chaliyah Moore 4, Destiny Wade 14.
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