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Lady Cats whip NL in opener

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     Desi Debase scored 22 and Destiny Wade added 15 as Sulphur Springs started the girls basketball season with a 59-25 win over North Lamar.

    The fans at the SSHS gym got to see a game which was decided early as the Lady Cats took a 20-point lead in the first quarter and never looked back.
    The Sulphur Springs offense was sparked by a ball-hawking defense and time-after-time the Lady Cats turned mistakes by the Pantherettes into points at the other end.
    "We spooked them. That's what our defense does," said Jeff Chapman, Sulphur Springs head girls basketball coach. "That we what like to do, get some turnovers and points. Pretty soon teams are playing not to make mistakes instead of playing their regular game. I thought we played a good game, much better than our scrimmage against Rains."
    Sulphur Springs dominated the boards with 39 total rebounds, 21 on the defensive end and 18 on offense. Kasey Moore had 10 rebounds and Wade added eight. Jada Goodson and Shakoja Debase had six each.
    The Lady Cats came up with 18 steals and 25 deflections. Chrissalynd Person had seven steals, Moore added five. Desi Debase had three steals, seven deflections and also led the team with five assists.
    Sulphur Springs dominated from the opening tip scoring the first 18 points of the game. Wade scored two points from the charity stripe to open the contest. Then Desi Debase scored while getting fouled and sank the follow free shot to pad the lead to 5-0. Wade then was on the receiving in of a nice pass from Desi Debase for another bucket as the score went to 7-0 with 6:50 left in the first frame. North Lamar continued to play into the Lady Cats hand as they rushed passes and several other turnovers. Kasey Moore grabbed a rebound and threw a leading pass to Desi Debase for a fast break layup. Chaliyah Moore had two points in the lane. Then Desi Debase turned a steal into a layup as she zoomed past all defenders to make it a 14-0 lead. Kasey Moore scored on a putback in the paint after she snatched another key rebound. Chrissalynd Person contributed not only on defense, but got in the scoring act with a hoop in the paint. North Lamar called a time out trailing, 18-0 with 1:54 left in the first quarter.
    Lexie Chancellor got the first points of the game for the Pantherettes as she sank a bucket in the low post to make it an 18-2 score. Chaliyah Moore and Desi Debase converted free throws. Kasey Moore again turned a steal into a bucket for the Lady Cats as she whistled off a pass to Desi Debase for a layup. The visitors got a baseline bucket from Cozy Brown. The opening period ended with Sulphur Springs holding a 20-point lead, 24-4.
    Nobody could have ever figured the scoring in the second period. Sulphur Springs went to their bench with mixed results as you could tell the players were in their first game of the year. North Lamar outscored Sulphur Springs 5-4 in the second period. The first half ended with Sulphur Springs lead now at 28-9.
    Sulphur Springs got back in high gear in the third period, again feeding off North Lamar mistakes as they went on a 15-6 scoring outburst. Wade got into the act converting a three-point play, hitting a free throw after getting hacked in the act of scoring in the paint. Wade converted another free throw and bucket at the 6:14 mark as the Sulphur Springs lead ballooned to 34-9. The inside-outside formula continued to work like a charm for the Lady Cats. Wade pumped in another shot in the lane and Desi Debase took off for another layup. Desi and Shakoja Debase both hit 3-pointers late in the period. The third frame ended with Sulphur Springs up 43-15.
    The final period was more of the same Desi Debase again was perfect with pass to Wade as they margin was now 30-points, 45-15. Sulphur Springs used all players suited up and won by the final of 59-25.
    "I was nervous about this game," Chapman said. "I guess I always am about the first one. But we got our people where they need to be. When all our returning players are doing what they need to do, we have a chance of being pretty good. We need to get the new players used to what we are doing. We need to work on the outlet passes. We played hard, I thought we got an outstanding effort from all the players."
    The Lady Cats, now 1-0, will play at Clarksville in a varsity only contest Friday at 6 p.m.

    Sulphur Springs 59, North Lamar 25 (varsity)
North Lamar  4  5  6  10  -25
Sulphur Springs 24  4  15  16  -59
    Sulphur Springs - Kasey Moore 3, Jada Goodson 4, Shakoja Debase 3, Desi Debase 22, Chrissalynd Person 5, Chaliyah Moore 7, Destiny Wade 15.
    North Lamar - Kylie Halstead 2, Cozy Brown 10, Lexie Chancellor 9.
    Junior varsity score - North Lamar 25, Sulphur Springs 11
Summer Wyatt 4, Tori Moore 2, Destinee Weeks 1, Elizabeth Arms 2, Erica Wade 2
    Freshman score - North Lamar 18, Sulphur Springs 16
Michelle Good 6, Sherretta Hill 4, Destiny Godbolt 6.
Next up- Sulphur Springs at Clarksville, 6 p.m. Friday, varsity only




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