Roller-coaster season continues for Lady Cats
Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Nov. 24, 2004 - PARIS - The roller-coaster season for the Sulphur Springs Lady Cats continued Tuesday night with an 86-40 thumping at the hands of the Paris Chisum Lady Mustangs.

Sulphur Springs falls to 2-5 on the season with the loss and will have the Thanksgiving break off before returning to the court Monday for a rematch against Commerce, after a 50-42 loss during the Quinlan Ford tournament last Friday.

"We just need to be ready to go on Monday because Commerce works hard on both sides of the court and they have heart and are a very scrappy team," coach Carin Hoffman said. "They are not the best team that we are going to play and they are beatable, but if we continue to play the way that we did tonight, it is going to be ugly."

After winning two games in the consolation bracket of the Quinlan Ford tournament Saturday, the Lady Cat's started out the game slowly as Chisum jumped out to a 12-2 lead on a jumper by Shannon Nelson.

"They were not ready to go from the opening tip tonight, and I am still searching too right now for the players that want to be out there and for the ones that have the heart and will work to be on the floor for us in the future," the coach said.

"We were slow getting back, and we weren't ready to run the floor. Part of the inexperience right now is that you have to be ready to run the floor from the opening tip, and they will learn in time, and we could have rebounded better because we were not blocking out consistently and that was the difference."

SSHS was out-rebounded 47-28 in the game and was outdone on the offensive glass 23-14, as Chisum had 16 of those rebounds in the first half of play.

Chisum's Shameka Savage scored a game-high 22 points with 10 of them coming in the first quarter on five-of-seven shooting. She also had eight rebounds, five assists and four steals.

SSHS could not get anything going in the second quarter as the team shot 3-of-12 from the field and were outscored 21-7 with Chisum pulling together a 50-13 lead heading into the locker room.

Chisum opened up the second quarter on a 9-0 run before SSHS' Katlyn Black nailed one-of-two free throws 3:10 into the quarter for a 40-9 deficit.

"It is going to be a struggle this season and hopefully it will motivate them a little bit harder because no body likes to lose like this. This should make them want to fight back because they have that fight in them at times and they need to stick with it and work harder and get better," Hoffman said.

"We are not quitting yet and they still want to get better. They still believe that there is hope there, and they understand that there are kids that can shoot the ball on this team."

Lady Cat senior Terra Jackson scored all of her team-high 11 points in the third quarter on four-of-23 shooting from the field, and Hoffman said Jackson wanted the ball every possession down the court.

"Terra is a huge asset to the team and a great leader," Hoffman said. "You could tell by her face that she wanted the basketball and on defense she was creating turnovers during the game."

Hoffman said the lineup that she had in the fourth quarter picked up the pace for the team and wanted to be out on the court for the final eight minutes of the contest as Chisum outscored SSHS 19-18 in the final stanza.

"Part of it may be the lineup that I had on the court in the fourth quarter," the coach said. "They were the ones that got the job done and they wanted it. I didn't feel like I could sub some of my kids in because they weren't working in the game."

Chisum had three other players in double-figures as Nelson scored 15 points on seven-of-15 shooting, eight rebounds, one steal and one assist. Teammate Nikki Cook pumped in 13 points, nine boards and a steal, and Brittany Strickland had 14 points, nine boards and three assists.

Sulphur Springs had 10 points and three boards from Bridgette Nash, and five points and three rebounds from Kati Riggs.

This was the worst loss of the season for the Lady Cats after scoring over 60 points in their two victories on Saturday.

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