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The Colony rallies over SS girls, 60-49

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    GARLAND — The Colony rallied for a 23-10 scoring explosion in the fourth quarter to take a 60-49 come-from-behind Region II Class 4A girls basketball playoff win.
    When Sulphur Springs needed a defensive stop, they could not get one as the Lady Cougars controlled the tempo late and the scoring flow with the offensive outburst.

    The Colony used an old formula for success - balanced scoring. Of the five Lady Cougar starters, three hit in double figures. Libby Waddell perhaps did the most damage with 21 points, including 11 coming in the second half. Freshman 6-3 post player Jade Williams had 19 points with seven rebounds. Randa Sloan pumped in 11 points, eight of the points coming in the final period, including two 3-pointers which were gut-wrenching for the Sulphur Springs fans to watch.
    Desi Debase had a typical game with 24 points, three rebounds with six deflections and three assists. Despite playing most the fourth quarter on a strained knee. Senior 6-foot post Destiny Wade had nine points and nine rebounds and battled in the blocks with Williams all night. Shakoja Debase added nine points from three 3-point bombs and had seven boards. Kasey Moore contributed four points, five rebounds.
    The season ends for Sulphur Springs with a 25-6 mark while The Colony advances to the second round of the Region II tournament held at the Culwell Center in Garland. The Colony played McKinney North in the final. McKinney North won 49-42 over Frisco Liberty in the late semi-final game Friday.
    As many games do, this contest came down to the fourth period. Sulphur Springs had fought back from a first half deficit to edge ahead 39-37 as action shifted to the final stanza.
    After than, not much went right for the Lady Cats. Every loose ball seemed to roll to the Lady Cougars. Sulphur Springs missed several scoring chances and could not regain momentum.
    Sulphur Springs saw their lead disappear as Williams scored on an inside bucket to tie the game at 39-all. Williams then was sent to the line, she made of two free shots to give The Colony a slim 40-39 lead with 6:34 to play. Then the Lady Cougars got hot with Sloan swishing in a 3-pointer from the corner and Waddell scoring on a fast break layup. Desi Debase scored a bucket, but it did not cool down The Colony. Just a minute after her first 3-pointer of the game, Sloan took aim again. The 5-5 sophomore guard rattled home the trey to extend the lead to 48-41 halfway through the final frame. Desi Debase tried to make things happen on her own, she was sent to the free throw line twice, she hit three of five charity tries to reduce the margin to 48-44. Then The Colony got four points in rapid order with Williams scoring in the paint and Sloan popping the net on two free throws. With just 1:42 left the lead for the Lady Cougars was now 52-44 and The Colony started to spread the court to kill time and bring the Lady Cats out of their zone defense. Down the stretch, the Colony got four free throws from Waddell and two more from Taylor Holley. Sulphur Springs tried to stay close with Wade canning two free shots at the 1:21 mark and Shakoja Debase adding a late 3-pointer, but it was too little too late. The Lady Cats saw their season come to an end, losing 60-49.
    The first quarter was a see-saw affair, Desi Debase started the game with a slick 3-pointer from the wing. Williams began her trend of scoring inside for The Colony. Waddell turned a steal into a bucket for The Colony. Shakoja Debase hit a 3-pointer and Wade was sent to the charity stripe, connecting on both free shots to give Sulphur Springs an 8-6 lead. Waddell canned a 3-pointer in response to the Sulphur Springs bucket. Williams continued to use her size in the lane make her presence known, scoring three buckets in the final 1:53 of the first quarter. The opening frame ended with The Colony leading, 15-13.
    The second period was almost a dead heat. The Colony build their lead up to eight points, 24-16 thanks to buckets by Holley and Waddell  with 4:58 left in the first half. Desi Debase countered with a pull up 3-pointer. Chaliyah Moore came off the bench and hit one of two field goals. Desi Debase got free for a driving floater in the lane and the lead was sliced to 24-20. Sloan popped in a 3-pointer for The Colony, but Sulphur Springs answered with a Wade free throw and another triple from Desi Debase. The first half ended with The Colony holding a 27-24.
    Halftime adjustments by the Lady Cats paid off as they outscored The Colony 15-12 in the third frame. Kasey Moore got in the scoring action with a put back bucket following a Williams score. Desi Debase then scored five points in 20 seconds. First she drove the goal, sinking a bucket while getting hacked in the act of shooting. She then made the following free throw. Moments later she did the same thing, scoring while being fouled. This time, she missed the free throw attempt. The Lady Cats were now ahead 33--29 with 6:26 left to play in the third. Kasey Moore scored in the lane for Sulphur Springs, but Waddell hit two 3-pointer for The Colony. The third period ended with two Wade free throws to give the Lady Cats a 39-37 advantage.
    The fourth quarter belonged to the Lady Cougars as they scored 23 points to put the game on ice, winning by a 60-49 final.
    “We went deeper in the playoffs than any of my other teams has gone, we are proud of that,” said Jeff Chapman, Sulphur Springs head girls basketball coach.
    The regional semifinal appearance tied a record set during the 2000-01 season.
    “We had a spectacular season, you just hate for it to have such an abrupt end,” Chapman said. “The girls, our coaching staff have something to be proud of this season. I hope it changes the way Sulphur Springs is looked at in basketball. We are building a tradition and we want to be good every year. I want the younger kids to know we can be successful in basketball.”
    About the game, Chapman said the deadly combination on inside-outside scoring by the Lady Cougars turned out to be too tough to defense.
    “We were concentrating on the big girls (Williams) and they started hitting 3-pointers,” Williams said. “That hurt us, I don’t think any other team in the playoffs has done that. We also had trouble penetrating the defense by The Colony.”
    After the game some tears were shed. Chapman said the girls showed sadness after the loss.
    “I think the girls realize we accomplished some great things this year,” Chapman said. “We want to keep going. My goal is to always be practicing for a game the last week of the season for the state playoffs. We didn’t make it, but we battled.”
    Wade, Shakoja Debase and Chaliyah Moore played their final game for the Lady Cat basketball team.
    The Colony 60, Sulphur Springs 49
Region II Semi-final Class 4A playoffs
    Sulphur Springs  13  11  15  10  -49
    The Colony     15  12  12   23  -60
    Sulphur Springs - Kasey Moore 4, Shakoja Debase 9, Desi Debase 25, Chaliyah Moore 2, Destiny Wade 9.
    The Colony - Brittany O'Neal 2, Taylor Holley 7, Randa Sloan 11, Libby Waddell 21, Jade Williams 19.
    The Colony 22-9 continues in playoffs.
    Sulphur Springs ends season with 25-6 record, champions in bi-district, area and winner of the regional quarterfinals.




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