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Lady Cats drop district opener

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    LONGVIEW — Pine Tree’s Kabreisha Orange had 24 points to pace the Lady Pirates to a 58-45 win over Sulphur Springs here Friday night.
    Sky Holmes added 15 and Sheondra Clayton had 11 for the home team.

    Desi Debase scored 28 points for the Lady Cats. Destiny Wade added 10 points, 4 boards. Kasey Moore had 4 points and 8 rebounds.
    “We did not expect that girl (Orange) to do what she did. She was tough and hard to guard,” said Jeff Chapman, Sulphur Springs head girls basketball coach. “We knew Holmes was good and is a big inside player. But that one girl hurt us and we did not expect it. We have to do a better job on defense. We can’t let one player go off like that from the perimeter.”
    The teams traded hoops early with Pine Tree edging ahead 19-16 at the half. The Lady Pirates went on a 20-11 scoring burst in the third period to pad the lead and not look back.
    The loss drops Sulphur Springs to 15-3, 0-1. Pine Tree is 14-7, 1-0.
    The game was the district opener for both teams and a disappointing loss for the Lady Cats.
    “We thought we would beat Pine Tree because we did last year. Well, that is not always the way it goes,” Chapman said. “Maybe we underestimated them (Pine Tree) a little. They had more good players than I remember from last season.”
    Chapman continued, “We did not play good defense or rebound well. Usually those things go hand-in-hand. We had 28 rebounds and we need to do better than that as a team. We also gave up too many points..”
    “Our offense needs to be more consistent. I thought we would play better, we have been working in practice on shooting,” Chapman said. “But in a game, we don’t always do it. We need more play consistently scoring than just Desi and Destiny. We need more players at least in double figures. We have to make adjustments. We go over it and we just are not consistent. We struggled against the zone defense of Pine Tree.”
    Chapman said, “It is early, this was just the first district game. I don’t yet how this district will shape up. Pine Tree now has an advantage being up 1-0 with a home win.”
    The Lady Cats host Marshall for three games Tuesday in another district battle.
    “Marshall has some athletes, they will be a challenge for us,” Chapman said. “In this district you have to play hard every night. I know we can play better, we have to go do it.”
    Marshall fell at home 86-48 to Texas High Friday night.
Pine Tree 58, Sulphur Springs 45
Sulphur Springs  8  8  11  18  -45
Pine Tree     8  11  20  19  -58
Sulphur Springs - Shakoja Debase 3, Kasey Moore 4, Desi Debase 28, Destiny Wade 10.
Next up - Sulphur Springs hosts Marshall, Tuesday, 9, JV, V, SSHS.




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