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Lady Cats upend Mansfield Summit, 39-36

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    McKINNEY — Sulphur Springs went on a 12-4 fourth quarter spurt to claim a 39-36 win over Mansfield Summit here in the Class 4A area girls basketball playoffs.

    “I never really thought we had it won until it was over. We hit some big free throws late and that helped,” said Jeff Chapman, Sulphur Springs head girls basketball coach.
    Sulphur Springs, 24-5 on the year, came in a underdogs to the 22-8 No. 11-state ranked two-time state-champion Lady Jaguars. But it did not intimidate  Sulphur Springs.
    Chapman said, “We’re good too. We respect all and fear none. We don’t back down and haven’t backed down from anyone. I have found about my team, if we really want to beat a team then we usually do. We’re pretty determined. We don’t give the other team too much credit, just because they were ranked. This group is eager to win, we want to keep playing.”
    The Lady Cats will be taking on Mansfield Lake Ridge Tuesday at Rockwall High School in the regional Class quarterfinals. Game time is set for 6:30 p.m. Lake Ridge defeated Sherman, 58-52 in area action.
    The game between the Lady Cats and Lady Jaguars featured a even matchup. The leading scorer for Summit, Stylz Sanders tallied 17 points. Top scorer for the Lady Cats, Desi Debase also pumped in 17 points, seven coming in the final period.
    Destiny Wade added 10 points for the Lady Cats with three rebounds. Top rebounder was Kasey Moore who fouled out late in the contest with five boards and one point. Chrissalynd Person had eight steals to lead the team, she had five deflections and three points. Shakoja Debase scored eight with two key 3-pointers.
    Mansfield Summit and Sulphur Springs battled through three tough quarters. The game was decided in the fourth and final frame. Like a good book or suspenseful movie, the outcome was not known until the very end.
    Sulphur Springs started the final period down 32-27, but they were ready to explode. Shakoja Debase got the party started with a 3-pointer from the wing for the Lady Cats to make it a 32-30 game. Mansfield answered when Sanders was fouled and sent to the line on back-to-back possessions. The senior guard made three of four shots from the charity stripe. Sulphur Springs got rolling when Shakoja Debase hustled for a loose ball and then dished off a perfect pass to little sister, Desi, for a layup on the other end. Moments later Desi Debase was left alone outside, it proved to be a big mistake as she popped the net on a 3-pointer to tie the game 35-all with 4:32 remaining. The Lady Cats seemed the be energized by the points and getting even with the Lady Jaguars. Janeen Johnson got a point for Mansfield Summit as they edged ahead 36-35 with 1:11 left. Teams jockied back-and-forth, time out was called several times on key possessions. Mansfield Summit had a miss by Sanders rebounded by Wade. Wade was unable to sink the free throws. Desi Debase was given a chance at the line and made both of her shots padding the Sulphur Springs lead to 39-36 with 39 seconds left. Again the Lady Jaguars worked for good shots, but Sanders was off target. Sulphur Springs had another chance to extend the lead with nine seconds left, but Desi Debase missed the front end of a one-and-one. Mansfield Summit worked the ball for the last shot, Celsi Caraway took a shot off the left wing as the buzzer sounded. As the shot bounced off target, Caraway slumped to her knees covering her face with her hands as happy Lady Cats storming the court. Sulphur Springs taking the 39-36 victory.
    The opening period was more like a boxing match with each team figuring out the style of the other team. Kasey Moore made a free throw and Sanders scored early for the Lady Jaguars. Wade turned an offensive rebound in the lane into a putback bucket as Sulphur Springs tied the game at 3-all. Sanders scored on an inside bucket for a second chance tally for the Lady Jaguars. Shakoja Debase turned a steal into an outlet pass to Desi Debase for a score to put Sulphur Springs up 7-5. Amber Dixon scored on a drive to the rack and Keonna Watson hit a late bucket for Mansfield Summit. The first quarter ended with Sulphur Springs on the short end of a 9-8 score.
    Sulphur Springs was outscored 12-8 in the second period. The Lady Cats were being aggressive and were whistled for several fouls. Several starters had to go to the bench in foul trouble before the half. Sanders had eight points in the second frame for the Lady Jaguars. Person canned a 3-pointer for Sulphur Springs while Wade and Shakoja Debase each scored. The first half ended with Mansfield Summit asserting themselves to the tune of a 21-16 lead at intermission.
    As it was the case in the area playoff game, Sulphur Springs played much better in the second half. The  Lady Cats scored 23 of their point total in the last two frames. The defense also got tougher for the Lady Cats as they held Mansfield Summit to 15 second half points.
    Things did not look great for the Lady Cats in the third period. While Wade scored in the paint and Shakoja Debase popped in a triple, Mansfield Summit would not go away. The Lady Jaguars took control of the boards during the period coming up with 12 rebounds compared to four for Sulphur Springs. Person picked up her fourth foul. Mansfield Summit scored the final eight points of the third period to take a 32-27 lead as the fourth period started.
    With the game hanging in the balance, the Lady Cats ended the game with a 12-4 scoring run. Wade picked up her fourth foul and Kasey Moore fouled out, but Sulphur Springs kept fighting. The intense defensive pressure made Mansfield Summit settle for shots they did not want to take. The Lady Cats won by the 39-36 final.
    Person, also a cheerleader, celebrated the playoff win by doing flips down the court.
    “Our defense the whole game was good,” Chapman said. “We knew Mansfield Summit did not really like to shoot from the outside. They were looking for a 15-foot from the elbow or inside. We stayed on them and did not let them get the shots they wanted. They were patient with the ball, but we did not let them drive, especially on the right side where they wanted to go.”
    The coach said he was not surprised that neither team was able to make it to 40 points on the scoreboard.
    “In the playoffs, it has been my experience, that the scoring goes down and so does the margin you win by,” Chapman said. “You get fewer points. Most games are decided by 1 to 10 points. I see very few blowouts. The defense is tight. We used our same 2-3 defense and it worked for us again.”
    Chapman said as the Lady Cats take another step in the playoffs, the team is establishing a tradition in basketball.
    “The winning is really exciting, especially for the younger kids, they see it can be done here,” Chapman said. “I am for anything that gets people excited about basketball. I want to get where people don’t want to play Sulphur Springs in basketball because we’re good. Sulphur Springs has been known for football, baseball and  other sports. I envision us getting to a point where we are good every year.”
    Chapman said he will begin preparation with the team and assistant coaches for the matchup Tuesday against Mansfield Lake Ridge.
    “We will get to work on that,” Chapman said. “They girls are really excited that we got the win and play another game. We just want to improve and keep on playing.”

    Sulphur Springs 39, Mansfield Summit 36
    Sulphur Springs    8  8  11  12  -39
    Mansfield Summit  9  12  11  4  -36
    Sulphur Springs - Kasey Moore 1, Shakoja Debase 8, Desi Debase 17, Chrissalynd Person 3, Destiny Wade 10.
    Mansfield Summit - Amber Dixon 2, Jasmine Johnson 3, Taylor Jones 6, Stylz Sanders 17, Jeaneen Johnson 1, Keonna Watson 5.
    Next up- Sulphur Springs vs. Mansfield Lake Ridge, Tuesday, Rockwall HS, Regional Quarterfinals, Class 4A.




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