SSHS girls still looking for first win
Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor

Nov. 20, 2004 - QUINLAN - The Sulphur Springs Lady Cats had three girls score in double figures Friday, but they weren't able to get that most important figure - a notch in the win column.

Minta Mannon came off the bench to score 12 points, forward Kati Riggs got 11 in her first starting role of the season, and point guard Terra Jackson added 10 for SSHS, but the Lady Cats fell to Commerce, 50-42, in the consolation bracket of the Quinlan Ford tournament.

The Lady Cats (0-4) were scheduled to play Wilmer-Hutchins at noon Saturday in the bronze bracket of the tournament. If they win, they will play again at 4:30 p.m.

Sulphur Springs had more steals than Commerce (16-10), fewer turnovers (21-24) and shot a better percentage from the floor (27.9 to 26.3), but Commerce got to the free throw line 16 more times and outrebounded the Lady Cats 47-36.

Despite missing 1-for-18 in the first quarter from the field, Sulphur Springs was able to take a slim lead early in the second period and pulled to within one point early in the fourth quarter, but Commerce went on an 11-2 run in the final period to pull away.

SSHS coach Carin Hoffman liked the production she saw from her three high scorers, but said not having starting post Cresha Hubbard available due to an ankle injury hurt the team.

"A lot of girls stepped it up scoring-wise," Hoffman said. "I think they're seeing what they can do when they execute. They worked hard for all four quarters, but we just weren't able to come away with a win."

Riggs' bucket 45 seconds into the game was the Lady Cats' only score of the first quarter as Commerce took a 7-2 lead.

But, SSHS scored six straight points in the second quarter to take an 8-7 lead. The scoring drought was broken by senior Christina Patchen's banked in jumper from the left wing, followed by a top-of-the-key two-pointer from Jackson and Mannon's runner on an assist from Jackson.

Commerce, though, scored 16 of the next 21 points to re-assert themselves, 23-13, at halftime. Commerce was led in scoring by Deana Wilson's 14 points and Crystal Cannon's 10 points.

The Lady Cats mounted a third-quarter comeback on the basis of defense. They forced 11 Commerce turnovers in the quarter and held the Lady Tigers to 2-of-13 shooting.

Bridgette Nash, Mannon and Riggs each had a pair of field goals in the quarter. Mannon's driving bank shot and then lay-up off a steal in the final 1:48 of the quarter closed the gap to 30-28.

The Lady Cats then got to within 31-30 a minute into the fourth quarter on a Riggs jumper from a Patchen assist. Commerce, though, was able to run their fast break for some lay-ups and expanded their lead to double-digits.

That was despite a pair of offensive rebounds and assists from Whitney Jordan, who finished with a team-high eight rebounds. Kayla Morgan and Riggs both added five boards. Jackson led the Lady Cats in steals (four) and assists (four).

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