|Texas High wins season series over Lady Cats|
|Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor|
Jan. 26, 2005 - The Sulphur Springs Lady Cats didn't play Tuesday night like their season is coming to an end.
With no playoff berth at stake and just four games left in the season, the Lady Cats nonetheless played all-out in their best district game to date before Texas High pulled out a 62-49 victory at Wildcat Gymnasium.
The game was more competitive than the 13-point final spread would indicate as Sulphur Springs (6-21, 0-6) got to within three points midway through the final period.
After losing by 33 points in the first match-up in Texarkana, the Lady Cats refused to fold, and that clearly frustrated Texas High (21-6, 5-1), who had two players foul out and were assessed two technical fouls.
"That's probably as hard as we've played all four quarters," said SSHS head coach Carin Bryant. "When we played them at T-High, we played with them for about a quarter, then that was it, because we didn't handle the pressure well and weren't patient on offense or smart.
"Last night, I thought we played hard and smart. That was a big difference. That's why we were able to play with them."
Senior guard Ne-Ne Hynson hit some big shots and finished with 12 points, five rebounds and two steals, while senior point guard Terra Jackson finished with 18 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, and five rebounds.
The Lady Cats committed just 19 turnovers, which was half of their total at Texarkana, but were inconsistent from the usually-reliable free throw line. They hit only 13-of-25 from the stripe, including misses on the front ends of four one-and-ones and all four technical shots.
Texas High, meanwhile, was awful from the line, making just 4-of-19, but they nailed 4-of-10 from beyond the 3-point arc. They had four players in double figure scoring, led by Fanchon Moore with 12, Victoria Stewart and Brittani McCoy with 11 each, and Natasha Matlock with 10.
The Lady Cats fell behind by 10 points early in the fourth quarter, but went on a 7-0 run to get to within three, 44-41, with 4:40 to play. The run started with Jackson knocking down a pair of free throws, then swishing a 3-pointer after being freed by a Minta Mannon pick. Then, junior forward Whitney Jordan putback an offensive rebound.
But, Texas High's Moore hit a long 3-pointer on the Lady Tigers' next possession. SSHS' Bridgette Nash followed with a lay-up, but Texas High countered with a pair of putbacks by Matlock on the ensuing two possessions to push the Lady Tigers' lead back up to 51-43 with three minutes to play.
The Lady Cats weren't able to cut the deficit deeper than six points in the final minutes.
Sulphur Springs struck first in the opening quarter when Jackson knocked down a 3-pointer, but Texas High went on a 14-0 run to take an 11-point lead. The Lady Cats got the deficit down to 14-9 when Nash scored a fast break bucket, Hynson hit a short jumper and Jackson made 2-of-3 free throws after being fouled at the buzzer.
The halftime deficit was seven (27-20) for the Lady Cats, and though they cut the lead to three points in the third quarter, it stayed at seven (39-32) heading into the final period.
Texas High won the rebounding battle, 40-33, but Sulphur Springs came up with more steals (10-7). Cresha Hubbard led SSHS in rebounding (eight) and steals (three).
"We were running the offense, we just couldn't execute and score two points," Coach Bryant said. "They were making sure they had the right angle and could get them the pass. They weren't making so many of the silly turnovers.
"They worked, and things were going our way. We worked the game plan - we wanted to get them in foul trouble and we did; we wanted to be patient and run the plays and we did."
The Lady Cats will need the same type effort on Friday when they travel to district-leading North Lamar for a 7:30 p.m. tip-off.
SSHS 28, Texas 23
The Lady Cats won their second straight 12-4A contest by outscoring Texas High 17-4 in the second half.
The game was tied at 21-21 before the Lady Cats went on a 7-2 run over the final 3:10. The run was started by Caitlyn Scudder's basket and followed by a putback basket by Emily Bouyear, who led all scorers with 18 points. In the final 30 seconds, Amanda Wade made one free throw and Scudder, who finished with six points, hit a pair.
Texas 11 8 2 2 -23
Sulphur Springs 5 6 3 14 -28
Texas - Mahone 3, Weeks 3, Pearse 3, Welch 7, Lacy 6, Burns 1.
Sulphur Springs - Emily Bouyear 18, Caitlyn Scudder 6, Amanda Wade 3, Sophia Sharl 1.
Texas 44, SSHS 38 (OT)
Texas High outscored the Lady Cats 8-2 in overtime to take the win.
Sulphur Springs took a 32-21 lead heading into the final period, but Texas High outscored them, 15-4, to tie the game at 36-36 at the end of regulation.
Shardae Jones led the Lady Cats with 12 points, while Kelsey Evans and Star Wright had eight points each.
Alex Williams scored a game-high 23 for the Lady Tigers.
Texas 12 5 4 15 8 -44
Sulphur Springs 10 10 12 4 2 -38
Texas - Corey Burns 4, Jazmine Hubbard 2, Emilee Richburg 4, Yasmine Brim 11, Alex Williams 23.
Sulphur Springs - Olivia Stribling 2, Shardae Jones 12, Kelsey Evans 8, Star Wright 8, Brittany Bell 2, Stephanie Conley 6.