Lady Cats, Texas High in showdown for second place
From Staff Reports

Oct. 11, 2004 - PARIS - The Sulphur Springs Lady Cats put themselves in a position to be alone in second place in the district by beating Paris in four games on Friday, 18-25, 25-23, 25-16, 25-22.

Sulphur Springs is currently tied with Texas High with 4-2 district records. They both trail North Lamar (6-0), and are two games ahead of Greenville and Mount Pleasant (both at 2-4).

The Lady Cats travel to Texas High Tuesday for a showdown with the JV and freshmen games starting at 5 p.m. Whoever wins will have advantage in the playoff race with just three games remaining. In fact, if Sulphur Springs (13-11 overall) can beat Texas High (11-11) on Tuesday and Mount Pleasant on Friday, they will secure a playoff berth.

But, head coach John McCullough said first things first.

"I think the girls are focused and ready to play," he said. "They've been talking about Texas High since Friday night. They've watched film over the weekend and took notes.

"The main goal right now is to beat Texas High Tuesday night and get second place by ourself."

On Friday, the Lady Cats took care of a Paris squad that is struggling at 0-6, 4-20.

Paris did, though, win the first game of the best-of-five match.

"I was proud of the girls the way they came back and refocused after the first game," McCullough said. "We kind of lost our focus a little bit. The official was calling pretty tight and got us for some illegal sets early in the game, and we weren't really sharp."

A lot of girls contributed with nine different players recording kills. Junior Tara Gibby led the team with 11, while senior Jennifer Moreland had five. Five other Lady Cats had three kills apiece.

Sophomore Kayla Morgan had a team-high six blocks, while Gibby led the team in scoring with 12 service points and two aces, and Marlee Peugh had 11 points with three aces.

Senior Christina Patchen recorded a team-high 25 digs, and senior Casey Carper had 24.

"Overall, we played pretty well. I am a little concerned we started so slowly," McCullough said. "Obviously we can't do that this week because we're playing Texas High. If we start off slowly against them, with their athleticism, they'll run off from us. Hopefully, we'll get off to a good start."

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