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Lady Cats open district at PT

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     District play tips off Friday for Sulphur Springs and all 14-4A girls basketball teams.
    Sulphur Springs, 15-2 in non-district play, takes on Pine Tree (10-6) in Longview.


    Three games are slated to be played beginning with the freshmen at 5 p.m. followed by the junior varsity and varsity.
   In other district games it will be Texas High (15-3) at Marshall and Mount Pleasant at Hallsville.
    Sulphur Springs has been on a roll in non-district play having won the Edgewood Tournament and took second in the Kaufman Tournament.
    The Lady Cats have been playing well on defense. Making a living from winning close, low-scoring games.
    Sulphur Springs is scoring 52. 5 points per game, allowing just 42 points a contest.
    The losses were to state-ranked Martins Mill 56-37 and to Jacksonville, 47-39.
    The Lady Cats have strung together three wins in a row leading into district. Also during non-district play the squad has wins over state-ranked foes like Lindale and Canton.
    Sulphur Springs head basketball coach Jeff Chapman said the recent win he would like to see the team model their game around is the 65-57 victory at Hugo, Okla. Not only did the Lady Cats take a spirited win on the road, but they played well as a team.
    “We had a good overall game against Hugo and we had four players in double figures,” Chapman said. “That is what I like, I would like to see most of the starters contributing.”
    For the year, the Wildcats are led by junior point guard Desi Debase and her 21.2 point per average. She also has team highs in assists (68), steals (72) and deflections (121).
    “Desi plays well in most games. She’s a leader and very competitive,” Chapman said. “But she also draws the attention of the other team. When we play best is when she scores some, but is distributing the ball to the other players.”
    The Lady Cats have size inside with 6-1 players Destiny Wade and Kasey Moore. Wade leads the team with 145 rebounds. She is averaging 12.9 points and 9.1 rebounds a game. Moore is pulling down 6.6 rebounds a game to go with a 4.6 point average.
    “We play really well when our post players contribute,” Chapman said. “We need consistent scoring from them. That gives us an option if Desi is being guarded tight on the outside.”
    Shakoja Debase is averaging 6.8 points and 4.4 rebounds from her wing position. She has 17 3-pointers on the year and is a long range threat.
    Other player seeing playing time are Chrissalynd Person, Daieyshia Pruitt, Lexi Moore, Chaliyah Moore, Jada Goodson and Destiny Weeks.
    Chapman is happy with his lineup and thinks the Lady Cats could make a run at the district title.
“Last year and in recent years, we have made the playoffs, but our goal is to win district,” Chapman said. “I don’t really know what Texas High has, they could be the favorite. But Pine Tree, Hallsville, Mount Pleasant are good teams. I have seen Marshall, Mount Pleasant and Hallsville in person. I saw Pine Tree on video.”
    Chapman said he expects the Pine Tree attack be centered around returning 6-1 post/forward Sky Holmes.
    “Holmes is their best player and ball-handler,” Chapman said. “She is the team’s leading scorer and rebounder. Our goal is to limit her. We feel like we can force turnovers from the Pine Tree guards.”
    Chapman said, “We’d like to get a win on the road. I would like to see if we get the rhythm back we had before the Christmas break. We need all five players performing well. We haven’t looked that sharp since the Edgewood Tournament.”
    The Lady Pirates are traditionally a zone team, but they have used man-to-man defense.
    “We will use a half court trap like always and our matchup zone,” Chapman said. “They lost their point guard from last year. So we think they will have trouble bringing the ball up. We don’t want to let them get it to Holmes.”
    Chapman said the team has had several good practices leading toward the district opener and improvements have been made.
    “We’ve been doing a lot of dribbling and shooting in practice,” Chapman said. “We had good attendance, all the girls were there and ready to go. We know we can play defense. We’ve been working on our offense, we shoot the ball too quickly at times. We want to take a good shot and be aggressive, but smart about it. One thing about it, these girls are not scared to shoot.”

 

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