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Lady Cats beat Hugo, Ok. on road

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    HUGO, Okla. — The Sulphur Springs Lady Cats showed their neighbors to the north, they can play quality basketball.
    The Lady Cats had four players in double figures, scoring early and often to take a 65-57 win over Hugo in girls varsity action Friday.

    The win was the seventh in a row for Sulphur Springs and expanded their season slate to 12-1.
    “We won on the road, that’s a tough gym to win in,” said Jeff Chapman, Sulphur Springs head coach. “When I was coaching at Idabel, Okla., we had to go through Hugo in the playoffs. I have probably coached more than 20 games in that gym.”
    Chapman explained that the Hugo team was tough, as well as the environment.
    “It’s a packed gym with loud, noisy fans. They really support basketball in that part of Oklahoma,” Chapman said. “Basketball is big and they turn out for games and make noise.”
    The Lady Cats hit shots from all over the  packed gym. Desi Debase led the way with 31 points (including three, 3-pointers), she made 14 of 18 free throws. She also added nine deflections, four steals, five rebounds and five assists.
    Destiny Wade had a double-double with 10 points, making six of eight free shots. She also pulled down 13 boards.
    Kasey Moore had 12 points, seven rebounds, a three deflections and a blocked shot.
    The threat from the outside came again from Shakoja Debase. She scored 12 points and made three 3-pointers along with four rebounds, four steals.
    Sulphur Springs made 23 of 34 free throws for 68 percent.
    Chapman was pleased with how his team handled the conditions on the road.
    “We were fouled and went to the line and made a lot of free throws,” Chapman said. “We practice free throws every day. Our goal as a team is 70 percent, so we were pretty close.’
    The teams traded buckets in the early going with Sulphur Springs up by a point, 11-10 after one period.
    The Buffaloes went on a 20-17 scoring run in the second period to build a 30-28 halftime lead.
    In the second half, Sulphur Springs took the lead. outscoring Hugo 16-14 in the third period. Then closing out with a 21-13 scoring outburst in the fourth.
    “Desi played her regular game and when she does that, she is very hard to stop,” Chapman said. “The other players feed off her and what she does. Destiny Wade played tough in the post and shot well. Kasey Moore stepped up her game. Shakoja got three 3-pointers and had a good game.”
    Chapman said, “If our post players continue to score, rebounds and play well, along with our outside game, we are going to have a chance to win lots of games.”
    The Lady Cats also handled themselves well on the road.
    “Our attitude is building. I want the girls not to back down from any team. We are starting to believe in ourselves,” Chapman said. “We need to get a swagger and be confident that we can win.”
    Chapman lamented that his team is playing well, just in time for the holidays.
    “We are going well, then comes the break,” Chapman said. “The girls need to rest and heal their bodies. This happens every year, we do need some time off.”
    The next game for the Lady Cats is 11:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 27 vs. Jacksonville in the Kaufman Tournament.

Sulphur Springs 65, Hugo, Okla. 57
Sulphur Springs 11 17  16  21  -65
Hugo        10  20  14  13  -57
Sulphur Springs - Kasey Moore 12, Shakoja Debase 12, Desi Debase 31, Destiny Wade 10.
Three point goals- Desi Debase 3, Shakoja Debase 3
Next up - Sulphur Springs in Kaufman Tournament,  vs. Jacksonville, Friday 11:30 a.m.




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