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Defense, Desi spark Lady Cats over PT

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    The Sulphur Springs Lady Cats went to 4-2 in district play with a 61-29 win over Pine Tree in 14-4A action played Tuesday at the high school gym.
    The game really had two stars - the Lady Cat defense and Desi Debase.

    Desi Debase, the leading scorer for the Lady Cats outscored the Lady Pirates by herself with 30 points in the game, including two 3-pointers as she made 50 percent of her shots. She also had 5 steals, 4 deflections, 4 assists and 5 rebounds.
    Shakoja Debase had 11 points with three 3-pointers and 3 rebounds. Destiny Wade had 7 points, 5 rebounds and led the team with 6 steals. Lexie Moore had 8 points, 5 rebounds, 3 steals.
    The Lady Cats had 18 steals as a team and 12 deflections. They pulled down 28 boards.
    Sulphur Springs is 19-4 overall, 4-2 in district. Pine Tree falls to 3-3 in district, 16-10 overall.
    Sky-Lynn Holmes, a 6-2 post, had 14 points for Pine Tree as the only member of the visitors to be in double figures. She also had 11 rebounds, two below her season average. Kabrisha Orange who scorched the Lady Cats for 24 points in the Jan. 3 meeting between the teams was held to fivepoints.
    "It was a good win for us. I was glad to see us come out and have a good second half and maintain our intensity," said Jeff Chapman, Sulphur Springs Lady Cats head coach. "This is the second time in a row we held a district team to under 30. That's good defense. I get greedy on defense, I really don't want to give up any points. But when we play stingy defense, it makes other parts of our game better. I was pleased with the way we scored. We had lots of people contribute, especially when Desi wasn't scoring."
    Pine Tree should have known it was not going to be their night when Shakoja Debase popped a 3-pointer at the 6:48 mark in the first quarter for the initial points of the game. Desi Debase scored off a steal on a layup and the Lady Cats were up 5-0 and off to the races. Chrissalynd Person turned a steal into a layup as well and Pine Tree had to call time out to regroup down 7-0 with 4:55 left in the first frame. Destiny Wade hit one of two free throws. Desi Debase scored first on a putback in the lane, then she raced through the Lady Pirate defense like a hot knife through butter, stopped and popped the net on a short range bucket. Wade got a steal in the paint and dished off to Desi Debase for the final bucket of the opening period. The Lady Cats were up 14-6 and just getting warmed up.
    Sulphur Springs went on a 15-8 run in the second period to continue padding the lead. Desi Debase had two layups in the first 68 seconds of the second period as the lead ballooned to 10 points, 18-8. Holmes scored off a nice low post move for the Lady Pirates. Lexie Moore came off the bench and connected on a slick jumper for the Lady Cats. Desi Debase, usually a threat to drive the rack, pulled back and popped the net with a 3-pointer from the far corner to give the home team a 23-10 lead. Desi Debase, a point guard by trade, then went back to being a distributor and found Lexie Moore open for a bucket in the paint. Desi Debase scored on two more free throws and on a driving floater in the paint. The first half ended with the home team smoking with a 29-14 advantage.
    The third period was more of the same with Desi Debase breaking free and turning steals into layups. The Lady Cats lead was not 20 points, 36-16 after a three-pointer. Shakoja Debase scored on a fast break close range shot. Desi Debase grabbed an offensive rebound and scored on a put back as the third period ended. The Lady Cats were up 44-18 with action shifting to the final quarter.
    Sulphur Springs kept the hammer down with Shakoja Debase tickling the twine with a 3-pointer from the left corner. Lexie Moore continued to be a force in the paint and scored again to make it a 49-20 lead. Wade scored six points down the stretch as she shot well from 13 to 15 feet and close range. Shakoja Debase added another 3-pointer. Jada Goodson entered the game and put her name in the scoring book with two free throws. The Lady Cats used reserves late and won by the 60-29 final.
    "We did what we wanted to do, we followed our game plan on defense," Chapman said. "We played good defense on Holmes and we put a hand in the face of Orange. We had people like Lexie  Moore take up the scoring slack. Wade came in and scored on some putback and good shots. Desi led the way, I did not realize she had 30 by herself."
    Chapman said, "We had tight defense. Wade got some steals along with Desi and Chrissalynd Person. We wanted to get our hand on the ball and steal it or deflect it. Then score if possible and we did that. We had a good run and got to extend the lead with steals and layups. We were very active and would not let Pine Tree get the ball."
    Chapman added, "We got the rare sweep of the tripleheader. All three of our teams won against Pine Tree. I was glad to see that happen."

    Sulphur Springs 61, Pine Tree 29 (varsity)
    Pine Tree    6  8  4  11 -29
    Sulphur Springs  14  15 15  16  -61
    Pine Tree - Sheondra Clayton 4, Kabrisha Orange 5, Sky-Lynn Holmes 14, Hannah Seibel 2, Abi Skeeler 4.
    Sulphur Springs - Desi Debase 30, Shakoja Debase 11, Lexie Moore 8, Destiny Wade 7, Chrissalynd Person 2, Jada Goodson 2.
    Sulphur Springs 41, Pine Tree 14 (JV)
    Summer Wyatt 5, Jaye Doughtie 4, Daieyshia Pruitt 12, Destinee Weeks 6, Aljalon Pryor 10.
    Sulphur Springs 16, Pine Tree 13 (9th)
    Michelle Good 6, Katrena Duffey 2,  Destiny Godbolt 2.
    Next up  - Sulphur Springs at Marshall, Friday, 9, JV, V, 5, 6:15, 7:15 p.m.




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