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Lady Cats upset No. 16 Lindale

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     The Sulphur Springs Lady Cats exploded for a 20-9 scoring run in the fourth quarter to take a 47-42 upset win at home Tuesday over state-ranked Lindale.
    It was the first loss of the year for the No. 16 ranked Lady Eagles.


    Shakoja Debase only had seven points on the night, but canned a 3-pointer with a minute left to give the Lady Cats the lead down the stretch and they never looked back.
    The outside shooting specialist had missed her last four shots before the fifth try rattled home to spark Sulphur Springs. The Wildcats went up 44-42 at the point and closed out the game strong, winning by five points, 47-42.
    "I knew I had missed a few but I was going to shoot it anyway," Shakoja Debase said with a smile. "So I did and it went in."
    Sulphur Springs head girls basketball coach Jeff Chapman said, "We have been preaching to the girls to believe in themselves and their abilities. Shakoja did that tonight. I was so glad she got a chance to make a big basket. She had been missing, but she's a shooter and one of our outside 3-point shooters. She got a chance to hit one late and made it. I am happy for her and what this will do for her confidence."
    For the game, Desi Debase was high point with 19 and Destiny Wade had 11. Wade scored 10 of her points during key runs in the second half.
    Wade also topped the team with nine rebounds and four deflections.
    Sulphur Springs overall had 18 steals and 11 deflections.
    Chapman said, "We made adjustments to Lindale's 1-3-1 zone at the half. The changes we made allowed us to get to the ball more to Wade."
    Top scorer for Lindale was Zhanelle Geathers with 18, including one 3-pointer. The 6-3 post signed recently to play volleyball at the University of Texas at Arlington.
    Natasha Malone, the other 6-3 post for the Lady Eagles, was held to six points.
    The game came down to the fourth quarter. Sulphur Springs trailed 33-27 with action moving to the final period.
    Chrissalynd Person scored from the outside and Wade hit the target from point blank range in the paint as Sulphur Springs quickly sliced the Lindale lead to 33-31 in the opening minutes of the fourth frame.
    McKenna Allen and Paige Murphy hit free throws for the visitors as the Lindale lead went to 34-31. Shakoja Debase connected for a two points, but Sulphur Springs could not make headway with Murphy scoring on a drive and with two free throws. Lindale was up 38-33. Then Wade came through with a clutch bucket on a putback in the lane from an offensive rebound. Desi Debase got the Lady Cats within a point a 38-37 following a quick drive for a layup. Geathers scored in the paint for Lindale as the squad went up 40-39. Malone scored using her height to get a line on a shot for Lindale. Sulphur Springs now trailed 42-39. Desi Debase got the Lady Cats closer at 42-41 on another shot from the outside. Then Shakoja Debase hit the shot of the night, a 3-pointer, which brought the home fans to their feet as Sulphur Springs edged ahead 44-42 with a minute left. Desi Debase was fouled late and made free throws to seal the 47-42 victory.
    The Lady Cats gathered in the middle of the court celebrating the win. Sulphur Springs getting a measure of revenge on Lindale for the 2012 loss which spoiled their start of the season.
    In the first quarter neither team was burning up the net. Sulphur Springs had a 5-1 lead after four minutes. Scores coming from Wade and Shakoja Debase on free throws. Person added a bucket off a steal. The game was tied at 5-all after Allen canned a 3-pointer and Geathers sank one of two free throws. Desi Debase had two layups late and the first period ended with Sulphur Springs leading 9-7.
    For the second time in as many games, the Lady Cats had a cold shooting spell in the second period. Sulphur Springs was outscored 15-7 during the second period. Geathers found her shot near the baseline, making nine points to spark the Lady Eagles. Lindale held a 22-16 lead at intermission.
    The third period was a draw with each team scoring 11 points. Neither squad could get a run going as they traded hoops and turnovers. The third period ended with Sulphur Springs scoring in the lane on a Wade shot. Lindale was up 33-27 after three quarters.
    Sulphur Springs rallied for 20 points in the final period, nine coming by Desi Debase while Shakoja Debase scored five, Wade added four and Person one bucket. The Lady Cats won by the 47-42 final.
    Sulphur Springs is scheduled to play at Commerce Friday. Game times maybe changed, with a decision to be made later.

Scoring box
    Sulphur Springs 47, Lindale 42 (varsity)
    Lindale         7  15  11  9  -42
Sulphur  Springs   9  7  11  20   -47
    Daieyshia Pruitt 5, Kasey Moore 1, Shakoja Debase 7, Desi Debase 19, Chrissalynd Person 4, Destiny Wade 11
    Lindale- Paige Murphy 7, Megan Seawright 2, Jade Mauldin 1, Natasha Malone 4, Heather Gilbert 2, Makenna Allen 8, Zhanelle Geathers 18.
    Lindale -1-1; Sulphur Springs 3-0

    Lindale 36, Sulphur Springs 28
(Junior varsity)
    Sulphur Springs - Tori Moore 3, Jaye Doughtie 3, Tahtiana King 1, Carrington Chancellor 3, Destinee Weeks 5, Elizabeth Arms 4, Ajalon Pryor 7.

    Lindale 43, Sulphur Springs 23 (freshmen)
    Sulphur Springs - Michelle Good 8, Rekea Harris 6, Destiny Godbolt 9

 

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