|Sherman is pivotal game for Lady Cats|
|Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor|
January 23, 2004 -- The Sulphur Springs and Sherman girls find themselves in much the same situation when they face off against each other tonight.
Both teams go into the pivotal District 11-4A match with identical records at 12-12 overall, 2-2 in district play. The game is scheduled to tip-off at about 7:30 p.m. at Sherman High School.
The winner will stay in third place in the district (with a chance to move into a tie for second), while the loser will drop into either fourth of fifth place. In other district action, Paris (0-4) plays at Greenville (3-1), and McKinney North (2-2) is at Denison (3-1).
Both teams went to the playoffs last season, but the loser of Friday's contest will likely be playing for no better than third place in district with just five games remaining in the regular season. It may be too early for a "must win" game, but the winner certainly has an advantage in the playoff race, especially if Greenville and Denison both win Friday as expected.
Sulphur Springs will be trying to string together victories and get their first win on the road in 11-4A play after upsetting district-leading Denison on Tuesday.
"I think it can carry over," said Sulphur Springs senior Brandi Crouch, who had 20 points in the Lady Cats' win over Denison. "We came out against McKinney North and played terrible, and I think that kind of carried over to the Greenville game. Now, we need to have this carry over to our next game and start a winning streak."
The Lady Cats dedicated their win to head coach Carin Hoffman, who has been out all week with her 2-year-old daughter while she's been hospitalized with pneumonia.
In other important games in Hopkins County on Friday, the Sulphur Bluff boys and girls will both look to stay atop the district standings when they host Bloomburg in District 20-1A, Division II action. It is Sulphur Bluff's homecoming.
The Lady Bears and Bloomburg both have identical 3-0 marks, while the Sulphur Bluff boys and Bloomburg go into the game tied with Saltillo with 2-1 records. Saltillo hosts Karnack on Friday.
North Hopkins boys (15-9, 3-0) and girls (24-2, 3-0) travel to Quinlan Boles as they both attempt to keep their District 19-1A, Division I records unblemished. In other 19-1A games, Miller Grove hosts Roxton and Cumby travels to Yantis for boys and girls games.