|Lady Cats lose to Mount Pleasant|
|Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor|
Jan. 19, 2005 - The Sulphur Springs Lady Cats scored more points in the fourth quarter Tuesday night than in the previous three periods combined, but it still wasn't enough for them to chalk up their first district win.
The Lady Cats put up 26 points in the fourth quarter, but still fell to Mount Pleasant, 57-49.
The frantic, fourth-quarter outburst wasn't enough because the Lady Cats fell behind 15-0 to start the game, then after pulling to within six points at halftime, suffered through a miserable third quarter in which they posted a single field goal.
Senior guard Minta Mannon hit three 3-pointers in the final period and finished the game with 15 points and four rebounds off the bench, while senior point guard Terra Jackson added 17 points by going 13-of-19 from the free throw line, and sophomore post Cresha Hubbard contributed 12 points, eight rebounds and three steals. But, overall, the Lady Cats (6-19, 0-4) made just 12-of-42 from the field and were out-rebounded 43-28 by Mount Pleasant (10-10 overall, 2-2 in district).
"I think we cut it to six or eight, which means they didn't quit - I'll grant them that," said SSHS head coach Carin Bryant. "But, we're not shooting well enough. We've got to shoot the ball better.
"We knew scoring was something we would struggle with, but if we're going to shoot the ball like that, we're going to have to rebound. They out-rebounded us on the offensive end, and that's a killer."
Mount Pleasant's inside tandem of six-footers, Jasmine King and Stephanie Thomas, combined for 28 points, 17 rebounds, five steals and four assists. Thomas had a team-high 16 points on eight-of-nine shooting from the field.
She scored eight of her team's 15 points as the Lady Tigers opened the game on a 15-0 run. Sulphur Springs didn't score until its 11th possession when Bridgette Nash was fouled and made one free throw. Still, the Lady Cats pulled the deficit to a respectable 15-7 before the quarter ended as Mannon knocked down a 3-pointer and Jackson hit a runner in the lane in the final 30 seconds.
Sulphur Springs pulled to within three points at 24-21 when Hubbard put back an offensive rebound with 65 seconds to play, and trailed just 26-21 at halftime.
Then came the back-breaking third quarter. The Lady Cats attempted just three field goals - making one - as they committed 13 turnovers and did not secure an offensive rebound in the period.
King and Thomas, meanwhile, accounted for 15 of MP's 17 points as they took a 43-23 lead heading into the final period.
It was then that the Lady Cats played their best, outscoring Mount Pleasant, 26-14, as Jackson made 10-of-11 free throws in the period and Mannon scored 10 points, hitting three 3-pointers in a matter of three minutes.
But, the Lady Cats never were able to cut the deficit below six points (53-47) with 55 seconds to play.
"If we're going to shoot the ball like we have been, we've got to be better rebounding-wise," Bryant said. "They work hard, but we need to execute better."
Whitney Jordan and Nash each came up with four rebounds off the bench and sophomore Kayla Morgan had four boards and a blocked shot.
Mount Pleasant 42, SSHS 18
The Lady Cats trailed just 20-14 at halftime, but managed only four second-half points.
Sulphur Springs' Caitlyn Scudder had a team-high eight points, while Amanda Wade added six.
Mount Pleasant was led by Newton with 11.
Mount Pleasant 11 9 12 10 -42
Sulphur Springs 10 4 0 4 -18
Mount Pleasant - Newton 11, Nelson 2, Taylor 6, Giddens 4, Dugan 7, Webster 6, Rodgers 4, Rundels 2.
Sulphur Springs - Emily Bouyear 2, Caitlyn Scudder 8, Amanda Wade 6, Sophia Scharlz 2.
SSHS 56, Mount Pleasant 43
Kelsey Evans popped in 23 points and Star Wright added 16 for Sulphur Springs (10-3, 3-1).
The Lady Cats trailed 9-5 after one period, but took a 21-15 lead at halftime and stretched it to 38-27 heading into the final period.
Also contributing offensively for the Lady Cats were Rachel Riley with two points and Natasha Lee with one.
Mount Pleasant 9 7 6 21 -43
Sulphur Springs 5 16 17 18 -56
Mount Pleasant - Jordan 1, Shonda 3, Cassie 12, Tangy 14, Catrina 5, Chelsea 2, Jasmine 2, Samantha 4.
Sulphur Springs - Shardae Jones 8, Kelsey Evans 23, Star Wright 16, Rachel Riley 2, Natasha Lee 1, Stephanie Conley 6.