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Lady Cats defense smothers Canton

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    CANTON — The Lady Cats got defensive and it worked.
    Sulphur Springs went to 11-1 for the year, routing state-ranked Canton 47-26 here Tuesday night.

    Canton came into the game ranked No. 19 in the state 3A poll with an 11-3 mark.
    They were averaging 49.5 points per game and allowing 40.8 per tilt.
    The Lady Eagles playing at home were not prepared for the challenge of the relentless Sulphur Springs defense.
    The Lady Cats used an extended 2-3 zone and also half court traps.
    “I expected a closer game. I think they did too. The Canton coach apologized to me after the game for not giving us a tougher game,” said Jeff Chapman, Sulphur Springs head girls basketball coach. “Their coach said they had an off night.”
    “I think this time of year, the player’s minds are on Christmas and getting out for the holidays and not always on basketball,” Chapman said. “Canton is a better team that they played last night. They had some better results against teams like John Tyler and Bullard.”
    Sulphur Springs took the fight to the Lady Eagles going on a 20-2 scoring outburst to start the game. They put on the defensive clamps and controlled the contest.
    “We worked hard on defense. That’s the way we practice, we want good defense in every game,” Chapman said. “We were really getting after it on defense, getting deflections and steals. Anticipating passes and intercepting the ball.”
    Desi Debase had 23 points to top the scoring with six assists. She also had 10 deflections and six steals. The Lady Cats had 16 steals as a team.
    Kasey Moore had six points, four rebounds, three steals, three blocked shots.
    The Lady Cats came up with 26 rebounds, topped by eight from Destiny Wade. Wade also scored four points. Shakoja Debase had seven rebounds and scored six points with one 3-pointer. Chrissalynd Person had two points, two steals and eight deflections.
    Chapman said the team’s defense has been “invigorated” by the four straight wins in the Edgewood Tournament where they took the overall title.
    “The girls are determined to give their best on defense, they know it pays off,” Chapman said. “We don’t have that many set plays from a half court offense, we score from defense. We get runouts, turnovers we converted into layups. Desi and Chrissalynd were really doing well on defense from the guard position.”
    Chapman said that Desi Debase has an advantage in a way due to her league basketball play. She knows and competes against the best players in the area.
    “Desi has the buzz about who is good and where they play. She wants to go against the best,” Chapman said. “She also remembered her game last year against Canton. We beat them in Sulphur Springs, but we had to hang to win by two after having a big lead. We had people foul out and it was a tough win we got at home.”
    In the game Tuesday, Sulphur Springs not only held Canton to 26 points, but scored when they had the opportunities.
    “We had eight different girls score,” Chapman said. “It was a good night offensively. Daieyshia Pruitt has been working on her shooting extra in practice. She came in and hit a 3-pointer against Canton. It was big for her confidence as a freshman playing on the varsity.”
    Chapman said the Lady Eagles used a 1-3-1 zone defense, switching at times to man-to-man.
    “We were able to use our quickness and get some breakaways,” Chapman said. “We rebounded well and did a good job with our outlet passes for transition buckets.”
    The Lady Cats play on the road at Hugo, Okla. Friday. They have three games slated to begin at 4:30 p.m.
    “Hugo is a good team, they went to the state playoffs last year in Oklahoma. They have everyone back,” Chapman said. “They are athletic, tall and quick. Our girls have been wanting to play them for a while.”
Sulphur Springs 47, Canton 26
Sulphur Springs  20  12  9  6  -47
Canton        2   11  9   4  -26
Sulphur Springs - Daieyshia Pruitt 3, Lexi Moore 1, Kasey Moore 6, Shakoja Debase 6, Desi Debase 23, Chrissalynd Person 2, Chaliyah Moore 2, Destiny Wade 4.
Sulphur Springs 11-1, Canton 11-4
Next up - Lady Cats at Hugo, Okla. Friday, 9, JV, V, 4:30, 5:30, 7 p.m.




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