|Sulphur Springs Lady Cats win first game of season over Paris Chisum|
|Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor|
Nov. 23, 2005 - Playing their fourth game in six days, the Sulphur Springs Lady Cats came into Tuesday's home game against Chisum as a tired group. But, they didn't show it in the second half.
The Lady Cats overcame a halftime deficit and scored the final five points of the game to pull out a 41-37 victory over Chisum to register their first win of the season.
Their effort earned them the Thanksgiving weekend off. The Lady Cats (1-6) will return to action next Tuesday when they face Commerce.
"The win stopped the bleeding," said SSHS head coach Tina Carrillo. "It felt good to win here and give our fans their money's worth. Maybe we can come back from Thanksgiving and build on this."
Sulphur Springs received double-doubles from senior post Bridgette Nash (16 points, 12 rebounds) and junior post Cresha Hubbard (13 points, 14 rebounds) to go with a five-point, nine-rebound, three-steal, five-assist game from freshman point guard McKenzie Cross.
The Lady Cats overcame a four-point third-quarter deficit to eventually go up by six points, 32-26, on Nash's putback bucket with 5:36 to play in the fourth quarter. But, Chisum chipped away until the Lady Mustangs (1-2) went up, 37-36, on a short jumper from Quintessa Savage with 1:28 left.
SSHS sophomore Shardae Jones then hit a free throw 20 second later to tie the game. Following a Chisum turnover, Jones fed Hubbard in the low post on the Lady Cats' next possession, and Hubbard converted the shot to give SSHS a 39-37 lead. Another Chisum turnover turned into a Nash basket and a four-point SSHS lead with 30 seconds remaining.
"We upped our intensity in the second half. I think we had it when we needed it in the clutch," said Carrillo. "That's really what I ask for the whole game. It felt good to pull from behind and win that."
The Lady Cats were able to notch the win by coming up with 18 steals, including a team-high four from Jones, and holding Chisum to less than 25 percent shooting from the field (14-of-58). Rebounding was a draw as SSHS had 48 and Chisum recorded 47.
The Lady Cats got off to a 4-0 lead in the first period on a pair of Nash-from-Cross buckets, but Chisum took an 8-7 advantage into the second quarter.
Chisum received nine points and seven rebounds from Savage and eight points, 13 rebounds and four steals from Nikki Cook.
In the second period, SSHS junior Emily Bouyear hit a runner in the lane, Hubbard banked in a shot and Nash had a putback as the Lady Cats stayed close, 18-15, at halftime.
They then made their move in the second half. They took at 23-21 lead with 2:55 to play in the third on a Hubbard putback; then after Chisum re-took the lead, 24-23, Cross sunk a 3-pointer from the right wing to give the Lady Cats a 26-24 advantage heading into the fourth quarter.
Sulphur Springs then won it in the fourth as Nash and Hubbard each had six points in the final quarter.
"I'm proud of Bridgette," Carrillo said. "She was a spark plug for us tonight. We got more movement from her tonight, and that's something I've been seeking from her.
"She gave us some cross screens to get Cresha open in the second half, and did a good job of noticing the open lane to flash. I'm really proud of her tonight."
SSHS 42, Chisum 32
The Lady Cat JV played their best game of the season and earned their first win (1-3).
Brittany Scott led the team in scoring with 12 points and added six rebounds, while freshman Stevie Moore scored 11 points and registered a team-high six steals along with four assists.
Freshman Alyssa Burney scored eight points, grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds and came up with four steals, and Jennifer Mitchell led the team in assists with five. Janelle Davis had 10 rebounds and five steals, and Tasha Lee added six points, nine rebounds and two blocks.
Chisum - A. Stiles 6, C. Knight 6, C. Archer 5, H. Bolton 3, N. McGarry 4, C. Worthy 6.
Sulphur Springs - Jennifer Mitchell 2, Alyssa Burney 8, Brittany Scott 12, Stevie Moore 11, Tasha Lee 6, Olivia Stribling 2, Janelle Davis 2.