|Terrell prevails over Lady Cats in physical contest|
|Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor|
Nov. 14, 2005 - TERRELL - The Sulphur Springs Lady Cats couldn't overcome Terrell Saturday afternoon, but SSHS head coach Tina Carrillo saw improvement from a young team playing its second game on the road.
Terrell prevailed in a physical game, 56-50, but the Lady Cats fought back from a double-digit deficit and kept their composure throughout the contest in which officials let the Lady Tigers' streetball style of play go unchecked.
"It was a real loosely-called game," said Coach Carrillo. "The officiating let it get out of hand, but I think we took a progressive step as a team. We didn't complain. We took a step in a positive direction. We grew up and fought through it."
Sulphur Springs was down by 17 points in the third quarter, but was able to tighten the gap by forcing 10 Terrell turnovers in the final eight minutes.
For Sulphur Springs, posts Bridgette Nash and Cresha Hubbard combined for 32 points, 22 rebounds and six steals. Nash led the team with 19 points and 11 rebounds, while Hubbard added 13 points, 11 boards and a team-high four take-aways.
Terrell's Shawana Watkins countered with a triple-double of 18 points, 11 rebounds and 10 steals.
The Lady Cats (0-2) had trouble scoring against Cooper in the season opener on Tuesday, but shot much better from the field against Terrell, hitting 22-of-54 shots, though they struggled at the line (5-of-18). Sulphur Springs also out-rebounded Terrell, 47-32.
Terrell took a 14-6 lead midway through the first quarter, but Sulphur Springs cut the deficit to 17-13 by the end of the period as Hubbard hit four of her first five shots. She started a 7-0 run by SSHS with an assist to Stephanie Connally. After a free throw by Hubbard, Nash scored off an assist from Kaytlin Black, and Emily Bouyear followed with a steal and fed the ball up ahead to Hubbard as SSHS cut the deficit to 14-13.
Connally finished with four points, while Bouyear had two points, three steals and team-high three assists. Black added two steals and two rebounds.
In the second period, Terrell converted 15 SSHS turnovers into points to extend its lead to 37-25 by halftime. The Lady Cats ended the period on an 8-2 run as McKenzie Cross hit a pull-up leaner, Starkeisha Wright scored on a fastbreak and Nash had back-to-back putback buckets.
Cross and Wright each ended with four points and five rebounds. Whitney Jordan also recorded five rebounds and two blocked shots.
Neither team to much offense going in the third quarter. Terrell built its largest lead at 44-27 before the Lady Cats scored the last two buckets of the third quarter and the first bucket of the fourth.
The highlight of the fourth period was Nash's 3-point shot with 1:25 to play. The lowlight was when Bouyear was kicked and slugged by a Terrell player as the two wrestled for a loose ball. The Terrell player was not ejected or even assessed a personal foul.
"Terrell has a good program, and I think we went out as warriors as opposed to last week against Cooper," Carrillo said. "We were ready to play, and I think we held our own considering the circumstances. We had a lot of turnovers, but considering the circumstances, I think we competed well."
Terrell JV 38, SSHS 32
The Lady Cats (0-2) rallied from a 10-point deficit to pull to within two points in the fourth quarter, but Terrell hung on for the win.
Jennifer Mitchell led Sulphur Springs with 10 points before fouling out. Brittany Scott scored seven points, Tasha Lee put in six and Stevie Moore added five, including a three-pointer, and three assists. Scott led the team in steals with five.
Alyssa Burney added two points, four steals and two assists, while Marissa Ford contributed two points, six rebounds and three steals, and Jennifer Davis had a team-high eight rebounds.
SSHS Freshmen 35, Terrell 26
Sulphur Springs overcame an 8-2 first quarter deficit to win.
Talea Reynolds and Kayle Askins each scored eight points to lead SSHS, while Miles scored six, Jaime Askins had 3, and Amy Highfield, Molly Smith and Johnson scored two each.