Lady Cats make home opener memorable
From Staff Reports

Sept. 13, 2004 - The Sulphur Springs Lady Cats made their home opener a match to remember, thanks in large part to middle blocker Kayla Morgan.

The Lady Cats beat Paris Chisum in four games, 25-21, 21-25, 25-22, 25-14, to even their season record at 9-9 with one match to play before District 12-4A play opens next week.

Coach John McCullough gave a lot of credit to Morgan, who ended the match with seven blocks and helped stifle the spiking power of Chisum's front line. It was the second time in a week that the Lady Cats beat the No. 5 ranked team in Class 2A.

"Kayla had an outstanding night. She started off in the first game and put a wall up," McCullough said. "She had two blocks in the first game that hit her arm and went straight to the floor. She made them change what they were doing in the middle.

"They were trying to hit over and around her. She had her best game of the year so far."

Along with Morgan, other top players for the Lady Cats were senior Stephanie Kethley with 10 kills and junior Tara Gibby with eight. Gibby also had 26 digs and senior Christina Patchen had 21.

Betsy Blount was good on all 47 sets and finished with eight assists, while Hailey Watson went 46-of-48 on sets with 17 assists.

At the service line, Blount was 20-of-21 with 15 points and three aces, and Patchen was 24-of-25 with 17 points and one ace.

"Overall, the was probably the best game we've played all year against that kind of competition," McCullough said. "Chisum had been doing really well and been rated in the top 10. We played better Friday night than we did Tuesday, and I think a lot of that revolved around Kayla Morgan having her best game of the year so far. She's getting confident and getting her timing on the blocks."

He also praised the back row play of Casey Carper and Marlee Peugh.

"We're having people diving around, making great plays and getting great effort," he added. "We played well as a team, and hopefully we'll continue to build on that."

The Lady Cats are scheduled to host Prairiland Tuesday evening, but the game may be moved to Pattonville if the SSHS gym floor is not ready to play. A soft spot in the floor was repaired over the weekend and is still not ready to be used.

If the game is here, the junior varsity and freshmen will start at 5 p.m., with varsity to follow.

JUNIOR VARSITY

The Lady Cats improved to 8-5 with a three-game victory over Chisum, 25-15, 16-25, 25-21.

Whitney Rogers had 13 service points, while Darla Dickson recorded five kills and Brittany Moore had four kills and four points for the Lady Cats.

Laura Ream added four points, three assists and two kills, while Brandi Laine added four assists and five points.

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