LONGVIEW — The Sulphur Springs Lady Cats lost three straight games to a powerful Pine Tree squad here Tuesday night.
The Lady Pirates rolled to three straight wins 25-16, 25-15, 25-12 in the District 13-4A match.
Playoff-bound Pine Tree went to 8-3 in district play, 19-19 overall. Sulphur Springs fell to 1-9 in district.
Kara Tomlinson paced the Lady Cats attack. The junior player had six kills and a block, while Samantha Scott, Jalie Eppars and T’Kea Johnson each added four kills.
In the first game, the hometown Lady Pirates bolted from the blocks with a strong start, leading 10-4 before fans had settled into their seats.
Sulphur Springs narrowed the advantage to 11-9. Pine Tree got key points from Rachel McJimsey to score a rally for the 25-16 win.
In the second game, Sulphur Springs rallied behind two kills during a 5-0 stretch. Pine Tree regrouped to go up 18-9. The Lady Pirates won by a 10-point margin, 25-15.
The third game was dominated early by Sulphur Springs as they took a 6-2 lead. Pine Tree responded with a 10-1 spurt. Kendall Kennedy for Pine Tree ended the game with six straight service points in the 25-12 PT win.
The Pine Tree junior varsity won over Sulphur Springs, 25-16, 25-12. The Lady Cats had a chance to clinch at least a tie for the district championship but did not play very well, coach Eric Buck said.
Sulphur Springs lost 20-25, 25-14 to Pine Tree in freshmen competition according to scores reported by coach David Carrillo.
The Lady Cats will play Friday in Mount Pleasant with the freshmen beginning play at 4:30 p.m. followed by the JV and varsity games.
Sulphur Springs will end the season at home Tuesday hosting Longview for Senior Night. The freshmen will play at 5 p.m. with the JV and varsity to follow in both gyms.
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