The final home game for the Sulphur Springs Lady Cats was a heartbreaker that could not be avoided. The Sulphur Springs’ 2009 season came to a close Tuesday night with a one-point loss to the Mount Pleasant Lady Tigers, 48-47. Although it was senior night, the talented freshman, Reagan Humphrey, stole the show at Wildcat Gym as she scored 21 points and added five rebounds. The Lady Cats jumped out to a quick start thanks to a steal and a bucket by Humphrey. Sulphur Springs controlled the lead until Mount Pleasant’s Angie Perez drained a 3-pointers with three minutes left in the first period.
Down by two at the beginning of the second, SSHS’ Talea Reynolds banked a two-point shot to tie up the scoreboard thanks to an assist by Jamonica Hall. Sulphur Springs and Mount Pleasant traded multiple scoring possessions but the Lady Cats took a 23-20 halftime lead after senior Stevie Moore swooshed 3-pointer off a Mackenzie Cross assist.
The third period could not have been much sloppier for the Lady Cats as they gave up the ball 11 times compared to the nine total turnovers in their first half of play. Ball control hurt the Lady Cats once again as they only put up four points on the board the whole period trailing Mount Pleasant 38-27 heading into the fourth period.
The final eight minutes of the Lady Cats’ basketball season were full of excitement as the Lady Cats brought the momentum of the game back on their side. Moore swished the net with yet another 3-pointer thanks to an assist from Cross with 35 seconds left on the clock. Cross then scored off her own steal with only 18 ticks till the buzzer, bringing the Lady Cats within one point.
After a missed free-throw by Mount Pleasant, Sulphur Springs inbounded with four seconds to go in the game. Destiny did not go the Lady Cats’ way as Mount Pleasant’s Chasity Morgan stole the ball and the Sulphur Springs season.
Despite a tough season, Reagan Humphrey had a fantastic individual freshman year. She led team in scoring with 21 points shooting 63 percent (10-16) from the field. Humphrey also racked up five rebounds, two steals, and an assist.
Moore finished out her high school career with six points, four rebounds, and an assist. Kayla Phillips also scored six points along with five rebounds and an assist.
Cross had an amazing final defensive game with four points, seven rebounds, six steals, and eight assists. Jamonica Hall scored four points along with two rebounds, three steals, and four assists. Melanie Hudson had three points and three rebounds off the bench.
Overall, the Lady Cats shot 39 percent from the field (22-of-56) and 3-of-6 from the foul line (50 percent). As did the Pine Tree loss, turnovers and fouls hurt the Lady Cats in the long run with a total of 27 turnovers and 16 team fouls.
The Lady Cats finish the season with a 4-23 overall record and a 2-10 mark in District 13-4A.
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