|Lady Cats lose again|
|Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor|
Jan. 15, 2005 -- The season didn't get any better for the Sulphur Springs Lady Cats Friday night.
Looking to pick up their first district win, the Lady Cats instead are looking up from the wrong end of the 12-4A standings after falling to Paris, 58-47.
With their shooting percentage (29 percent from the field) and turnovers (28) almost identical, the Lady Cats started slowly and led just once - at 8-6 in the first quarter - and trailed by as many as 16 in the fourth quarter.
With a win over Paris (6-15 overall, 1-2), Sulphur Springs (6-18, 0-3) had a chance to move into a three-way tie for third in the district standings. Instead, they will host Mount Pleasant on Tuesday still looking to notch a mark in the win column.
"I'm very disappointed," said SSHS head coach Carin Bryant. "We continue to work hard, but we're not making the best decisions on what's a good shot or what's a good pass on the offensive end, and it costs us.
"I don't have any problems on the way they're working and their work ethic. They're going four quarters hard, and the subs are working hard. But, we're not making good decisions."
Senior point guard Terra Jackson scored a game-high 18 points by hitting 14-of-20 free throws, drawing fouls by taking the ball into the paint, and sophomore post Cresha Hubbard added a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds. But, the Lady Cats shot just 11-of-37 from the field, didn't make a 3-pointer and hit 25-of-43 from the free throw line (58 percent).
Paris didn't blaze the nets themselves, making 20-of-53 (38 percent) from the field and 15-of-34 from the line, but they committed eight fewer turnovers and hit three 3-pointers.
Most of the damage was done by Keitra Brown with 11 points and five rebounds, Lomequia Williams with 10 points and Tiffany Moore with 11.
Sulphur Springs fell behind early, but took an 8-6 lead midway through the first quarter on consecutive buckets from Ne-Ne Hynson, Jackson and Kati Riggs. Hynson and Riggs each scored seven points, and Hynson added a team-high five steals.
But, Paris ended the quarter on a 10-1 run, fueled by 3-pointers from Andrea Wallace and Moore.
Sulphur Springs tried to play catch-up the rest of the game, but never got closer than three points. The Lady Cats made just two field goals in the second quarter, both from inside the lane by Hynson and Hubbard, and trailed 29-22 going into halftime.
The Lady Cats had more success from the field in the third quarter, thanks largely to Hubbard, who made all three of her shots, and they were able to pull the deficit to within 37-33. But, with 10 seconds to play in the quarter, Paris' Wallace was foolishly fouled 30 feet from the basket, putting the visitors in the bonus. She made both free throws, giving Paris a 39-33 advantage going into the final period.
"We'd get real close, then we'd make a silly mistake and then another," said Coach Bryant. "It's just part of an experience that we're working through."
In the fourth quarter, junior Bridgette Nash, who finished with eight rebounds, hit the Lady Cats' only bucket. Jackson made seven-of-10 free throws in the period, and Minta Mannon came up with a pair of steals and two free throws, but Paris outscored the Lady Cats, 19-14 to close out the win.
Mannon came through with five rebounds for SSHS, but Paris ended up winning the rebound battle, 33-30.
Paris 60, SSHS 35
Paris outscored Sulphur Springs, 18-4 in the first period to set the tone for the game.
Amanda Wade scored 16 points to lead the Lady Cats, while Emily Bouyear added 13.
Paris was led by Patt with 24 and Green with 18.
Paris 18 21 10 11 -60
Sulphur Springs 4 14 8 9 -35
Paris - Ryan 3, Barnett 7, Green 18, Patt 24, Sims 2, Powell 3, Brown 3.
Sulphur Springs - Michelle Gregory 2, Emily Bouyear 13, Dakiesha Nash 4, Amanda Wade 16.
Paris 30, Sulphur Springs 16
Paris handed the Lady Cats their first district loss, dropping SSHS' record to 9-3, 2-1.
Shardae Jones led Sulphur Springs with 10 points and Star Wright dropped in six.
Paris 2 9 10 9 -30
Sulphur Springs 5 2 4 5 -16
Paris - Davis 6, Black 8, Flowers 1, Robinson 5, Shaw 8, Milton 2.
Sulphur Springs - Shardae Jones 10, Star Wright 6.