Lady Cats split games at Commerce Winter Classic
From Staff Reports

Dec. 12, 2005 - COMMERCE - The Sulphur Springs Lady Cats had leads in all three games they played last weekend in the Commerce Winter Classic, but had to settle for one win.

After losing by two points in overtime to Pleasant Grove on Friday in the opening round, the Lady Cats (4-10) beat Bonham in another close game, then fell to Nevada Community, 46-38, in the consolation final despite leading by double digits in the third period.

Sulphur Springs will hit the road again today when they travel to Mesquite to play Poteet (3-9). The freshmen and JV will start at 6 p.m., with the varsity scheduled to play at 7:30.

The Lady Cats have won four of their last eight games, and had a chance this weekend to really catch some momentum.

"The good news is that we are competing with every team that we are playing now," said head coach Tina Carrillo. "The roles are reversed now. At the first of the season, we were having trouble getting out of the chute starting. We were having a slow, flat first half, and then having to play catch-up in the second half. 

"At that point, we were still losing by 20 or 25. Now, we are playing basketball and competing. It's more sickening right now to lose those kinds of leads, knowing that we are competing with everyone we play."

In the final game against Community, the Lady Cats took a 22-10 halftime lead. Though the Lady  Braves chipped away at the deficit in the third quarter, Sulphur Springs still held a 30-23 advantage heading into the final period.

Community, though, outscored SSHS, 23-8, in the final eight minutes.

"We had Community down by 18, but our post players got in foul trouble, and we ended up blowing the lead," Carrillo said. "That was tough."

The Lady Cats were led by junior post Cresha Hubbard with 17 points and senior post Bridgette Nash with 14.

Community was led by Kathryn Adamcik and Chelci Newton with 12 points each.

"We had some real challenges this weekend," Coach Carrillo said. "The good thing is, I can see progress. I can tell we're getting better. Now, we need to finish off some of these games."

In other action, the JV and freshmen girls both played in tournaments this weekend in Mount Pleasant. The JV lost both games, while the freshmen split their contests.

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Sulphur Springs - Cresha Hubbard 17, Bridgette Nash 14, Star Wright 3, McKenzie Cross 2, Whitney Jordan 2.

Community - Kathryn Adamcik 12, Chelci Newton 12, Kina Hicks 7, Veronica Carr 6, Jennifer Hixson 6, Erin Powell 3.

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