Lady Cats riding wave of momentum with win over Paris Chisum
Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Sept. 7, 2005 - PARIS - Riding the momentum of a second-place finish in the Challenger bracket of the Tyler tournament last weekend, the Sulphur Springs Lady Cats took care of the Paris Chisum Mustangs on Tuesday for the second time this season.

The Lady Cats won  by scores of 25-12, 25-15, and 25-13 to improve their record to 11-6.

"We talked about wanting to maintain the type of play that we had this past weekend and the girls came out and did that," said SSHS head coach John McCullough. "They came out and played three solid games and played well, and the scores reflect that."

SSHS jumped out to an early 5-0 lead in the first game behind the serving of junior Brittany Moore, who had two aces and kills by Hailey Watson and Kayla Morgan during that run.

The Lady Cats took advantage of the Chisum defensive sets as Chisum was leaving the deep corners wide open throughout the match, and McCullough said the competition they have played recently has helped to find those shots.

"They were running perimeter and the girls were able to take advantage of that, and we started to hit those corner shots and playing tips and getting tips," he said. "Hopefully the competition that we play will get us ready for district."

In game two, the Lady Mustangs started to pick up the pace as their were nine ties with the last one at 12-12 before Sulphur Springs went on an 8-0 run to take the game two win.

Chisum took their biggest lead of Game 2 at 12-10 on a kill from Nikki Cook, who finished with seven kills against the Lady Cats. 

"Chisum came back in the second game and they were trying to put some pressure on us. It stayed close for a little while before a timeout and then we went on a 10-3 run," McCullough said.

In Game 3, Sulphur Springs went on an 8-0 run to close out the match as Watson continued to confuse the Lady Mustangs with her serving.

Watson recorded five of her seven aces either on a floater serve or a power serve and was involved in six of the final seven Lady Cats points. Watson finished with 10 service points, seven aces, 13 assists and five kills.

"Everybody did a great job tonight and we have 10 players that when they all play together and they play at the level that they can play at, I think we can be a pretty good team," McCullough said.

Moore led the way with 12 service points, three aces and six kills, Morgan had 12 service points, four aces, four blocks and five kills, Laura Ream had seven points, three aces, 15 assists and a kill, Tara Gibby had five service points, three aces, three assists, six kills and a block, and Kristen McDonald had seven kills.

On Friday, SSHS will host Pittsburg at 4:30 p.m. in a varsity-only game and McCullough said he has no idea what Pittsburg will show Friday night.

"To be honest, I have no idea what I am going to see from Pittsburg. I am going to talk with coach (Tommy) Grammar and see if he has any kind of scouting report this week," the coach said. "I have told the girls that I am not worried about what other teams are doing but about us and getting better every game."

McCullough said the team needs to work on playing more consistently before the start of district play and that he is very confident about the team at this point in the season.

"We are working on consistency and playing at that high level that we are capable of playing at and I think if we continue to do that good things lay ahead for us," McCullough said.

"There is always things to work on - we need to be a little more consistent in our serving, and I want us to be a little more consistent hitting. As a coach, you are always striving for perfection and if we will keep playing at this level, I feel really good about the team."

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