|Lady Cats look to turn things around in second half of season|
|Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor|
Jan. 22, 2005 - GREENVILLE - The Greenville Lady Lions had no trouble finding the basket Friday night, and that kept the Sulphur Springs Lady Cats out of the win column.
Greenville shot 60 percent from the field and got 26 points from Kendra Rester in logging a 70-51 win over the Lady Cats.
With the victory, Greenville improved to 5-18 overall, 2-3 in District 12-4A, while the Lady Cats fell to 6-20, 0-5. The second round of district play begins on Tuesday when SSHS hosts Texas High.
They never led in Friday's game and never got closer than 12 points in the second half.
Sulphur Springs made just 16-of-45 shots from the field (36 percent), but hit 17-of-21 from the free throw line. Seniors Terra Jackson, Minta Mannon and Ne-Ne Hynson all scored in double figures.
Jackson had a team-high 15 points to go with five assists, while Mannon scored 13 and added a team-high seven rebounds, and Hynson put in 10 points and a team-high three steals.
But, the Lady Cats received just 13 points and 14 rebounds from the rest of the team, and didn't have a second-chance point until the fourth quarter when Mannon grabbed an offensive rebound and sank it to cut into Greenville's 20-point lead.
Rester, meanwhile, didn't have much trouble scoring. She hit 12-of-19 shots from the field to account for her 26 points, and teammates Ashley Wheeler and LaQuinta Ross scored 14 and 12 points, respectively.
Many of Greenville's points came from fast break opportunities as they fed off 24 SSHS turnovers.
Rester scored eight points in the first quarter as Greenville took a 16-5 lead. Jackson had two assists and a running basket in the lane for SSHS.
Sulphur Springs was able to keep the deficit from increasing as Hynson banked in a shot and Jackson hit a baseline drive, but then the Lady Cats went through a drought of more than four minutes without a field goal. The only points during that time were five free throws by Mannon.
When Bridgette Nash took a feed from Jackson and hit a lay-up with 1:50 to play in the second quarter, the Lady Cats were behind, 33-14. Nash finished with four points, four rebounds and three assists.
Greenville's Wheeler and Sulphur Springs' Jackson traded 3-pointers in the third quarter, but Greenville increased its 38-23 halftime lead to 52-35 by the start of the fourth quarter.
Sulphur Springs junior Whitney Jordan added four rebounds and Kati Riggs put up four points.
SSHS 21, Greenville 14
The SSHS JV picked up their first district win by holding Greenville to just a pair of field goals in the second half.
The game was tied at 10 at halftime, but the Lady Cats (5-12, 1-4) outscored Greenville 7-2 in the fourth quarter.
Amanda Wade had 11 points to pace Sulphur Springs,while Emily Bouyear added eight.
Sulphur Springs 3 7 4 7 -21
Greenville 3 7 2 2 -14
Sulphur Springs - Emily Bouyear 8, Caitlyn Scudder 2, Amanda Wade 11.
Greenville - Trower 4, Wallace 2, Phillips 2, Neece 2, Cosper 3, Williams 3.
Greenville 39, SSHS 29
The Lady Cats were unable dig themselves out of an 11-2 hole in the first quarter.
Shardae Jones led Sulphur Springs (3-2 in district) with 13 points, while Star Wright contributed six.
Sulphur Springs 2 10 9 8 -29
Greenville 11 9 2 15 -39
Sulphur Springs - Shardae Jones 13, Star Wright 6, Brittany Bell 3, Stephanie Conley 3.
Greenville - Garza 6, Poyner 2, Paul 3, Tidwell 2, Gray 2, McCormick 22, Casselberry 2.