Lady Cats going back to basics heading into final tournament
Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor

Dec. 6, 2005 - With their third tournament in a span of four weeks looming this weekend, the Sulphur Springs Lady Cats are taking today off.

They're not really having the day completely off — instead of a game, they will use this week to get in some valuable practice time.

The Lady Cats will play in their third and final tournament of the season beginning Thursday in Commerce. They will face Pleasant Grove at 4:30 p.m. in the opening round.

The SSHS boys will be in action today when they host Commerce in a three-game set with the freshmen beginning at 4:30 p.m., followed by the JV and the varsity at about 7:30.

The Lady Cats (3-8) have won three of their last five games, and head coach Tina Carrillo wants to keep that momentum going into Commerce and beyond. After this weekend's game, Sulphur Springs will have six more games before opening District 12-4A action on Jan. 6 against Texas High.

This week, it's back to the basics for the Lady Cats.

"We're going to work on fundamentals, dribbling, passing, shooting," she explained. "We're going to shoot a lot and add an offense. It won't be anything we can't get grasp in three days. We just need to add something to our offense."

The Lady Cats have been led so far this season by the post duo of senior Bridgette Nash and junior Cresha Hubbard. The pair are averaging almost 22 points and 20 rebounds per game, which is about half of the team's total in both areas.

Hubbard leads the team with 11.2 points and 10.1 rebounds, while Nash is averaging 10.5 points and 9.8 boards. They both have six double-doubles so far.

Freshman McKenzie Cross is third in scoring at 4.4 points per game and leads the team in assists with 2.0. Those three players have led the team in scoring in each of their 11 games. 

But recently, the teamhas gotten valuable offensive contributions from senior Whitney Jordan and sophomore Star Wright. Over the last four games, Jordan has averaged about seven points per game, while Wright has put in about six per contest.

Coach Carrillo has especially encouraged after Saturday's game, a 48-32 win over Canton in the final game of the Wills Point tournament. The Lady Cats allowed Canton just four points in the third quarter and had a 20-point lead in the final period.

"If we can continue to maintain that type of intensity, we can compete with any team — I'm firmly convinced of that," she said. "If we can continue to take steps to improvement, we can be a contender."

In other action around Hopkins County tonight, the Como-Pickton boys and girls are at Saltillo, both Cumby varsity teams are hosting Union Hill, the Sulphur Bluff boys and girls are visiting Miller Grove, and the Yantis boys and girls are hosting Fruitvale.

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