Lady Cats lose to Poteet
Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor

Dec. 13, 2005 - MESQUITE - You can't win if you don't score, and the Sulphur Springs Lady Cats learned that the hard way during the first half Monday night.

Sulphur Springs played sluggishly for the first two quarters against Mesquite Poteet, and never gave themselves a chance to recover in a 47-26 loss.

The Lady Cats turned the ball over on six of their first seven possessions of the game and went more than 17 minutes without a field goal. Overall, they shot just 20 percent from the field.

Though, they played better in the second half, the score was too far out of reach.

Junior post Cresha Hubbard scored 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds, sophomore forward Stephanie Connally had a solid game with six points, nine rebounds and two steals, and senior guard Kaytlin Black gave the team a second-half spark with two points, a steal and two assists.

But, three of the team's five starters didn't break the scoring column.

"We started out a little sluggish, a little flat," said SSHS head coach Tina Carrillo. "Bridgette (Nash) got in foul trouble early, so it stopped the post play I was looking to have. Looking at their side compared to ours, we probably should have dominated on the inside."

Beset by foul trouble, Nash didn't play in the second half. She didn't score, though she did have three steals. In her place, sophomore Star Wright got extended playing time and finished with five points, four blocked shots and nine rebounds. Wright may get even more playing time after Hubbard told Coach Carrillo on Tuesday she is considering not playing any more.

"I saw some good things from Star Wright and Stephanie Connally, but mostly we were sluggish. I don't know if it was coming off the tournament where we've had four games in four days or what. But, we're trying to be positive, look down the road and stay positive."

Sulphur Springs didn't play bad defensively, holding Poteet to just nine first-quarter points, but the Lady Cats managed just two, those coming on a Connally putback with 5:10 to play.

Though Connally and Hubbard each hit a pair of free throws in the second period, the Lady Cats didn't score another field goal until Black hit a jumper from the right wing  with 3:25 to play in the third. By then, Sulphur Springs was down, 29-8.

Black's jumper sparked the Lady Cat offense, and she had a pair of assists in the quarter, to Wright and Hubbard. Junior guard Emily Bouyear also had a pair of assists in the fourth quarter when Sulphur Springs outscored Poteet, 10-7.

The Lady Pirates had 10 of their 11 players put up points, including 10 each by Tiffany Peters and Dena Hawkins, who knocked down a pair of 3-pointers.

Sulphur Springs won the rebounding battle, 39-30, but Poteet hit 19-of-42 from the field (46 percent).

The Lady Cats host Gilmer on Friday, with the JV and freshmen games to begin at 4 p.m., and the varsity at 5:30.

JUNIOR VARSITY

Poteet 58, SSHS 34

The Lady Cats played 2 1/2 quarters of good basketball, but it was the 1 1/2 quarters in which Poteet took advantage.

Poteet went up 13-0 in the first quarter and finished the game by outscoring the Lady Cats, 22-4, in the final period.

Freshmen Erika Garrett scored 10 points and dished out four assists, and Stevie Moore added 11 points and five rebounds. Alyssa Burney led the team with seven rebounds to go with two steals.

Jennifer Mitchell came up with a team-high five steals and Tasha Lee provided four points and four boards. Brittany Scott added four points and two boards.

SSHS612124-34

Poteet1812622-58

SSHS - Jennifer Mitchell 2, Brittany Scott 4, Stevie Moore 11, Tasha Lee 4, Erika Garrett 10, Janelle Davis 3.

Poteet - Campbell 10, Vincent 10, Sheppard-Mahaffey 9, Files 5, Kennebrew 13, Jones 4, Spieker 1, Chandler 4, Hadnot 2, McIntosh 2.

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