|Lady Cats make trip worthwhile|
|Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor|
Dec. 22, 2006 - GLADEWATER - The Sulphur Springs Lady Cats made the long trip to Gladewater worthwhile on Thursday, their final day in the gym until after Christmas.
The Lady Cats forced 32 turnovers and limited Gladewater to single-digit scoring in each quarter as they notched a 43-25 victory that ran their record to 14-3.
The Lady Cats will be out of the gym until Thursday, when they travel to Quitman to play in their final tournament.
Senior post Cresha Hubbard scored 12 points, grabbed nine rebounds and came up with three steals, while junior Starkeisha Wright added 13 points, three blocks and four rebounds.
Sulphur Springs recorded 23 steals, led by seven from sophomore Mackenzie Cross, who also scored six points. Junior Stephanie Conley had four take-aways and scored seven points.
The Lady Cats led virtually the entire game, breaking a 4-4 tie three minutes into the game by embarking on a 7-2 run that game them the lead for good.
The run started with the Lady Cats hitting the offensive boards hard, leading to five straight second-chance points. Wright and Hubbard scored 12 of Sulphur Springs 13 points in the period as they took a 13-9 advantage in to the second quarter.
The Lady Cats opened up a double-digit lead in the second period (19-9) on six straight points. Wright scored off a low-post entry pass from Hubbard, Conley cashed in on a steal and then made two free throws.
Gladewater cut the led to six points, but a Conley fast-break basket off a pass from Cross and a Hubbard score off of a steal gave the Lady Cats a 25-14 lead at the half.
They never led by fewer than 10 points the remainder of the game. Gladewater's Mary Bright hit a pair of 3-pointers in the third quarter on her way to seven points (Jasmine Reeves and Chadney Brown also scored seven points to lead the Lady Bears).
But, Sulphur Springs countered with a pull-up shot from Cross, a putback bucket from Shardae Jones and a pair of low-post buckets from Hubbard.
The Lady Cats didn't hit a 3-point basket, going 0-for-11 from beyond the arc, the first time in 11 games they didn't make at least one trey. But, they made 17-of-39 from 2-point land (44 percent).
Gladewater hit just 9-of-32 shots overall (28 percent),
Gladewater 44, SSHS 35
Gladewater didn't have a freshmen team, so SSHS took 13 players and the teams played just six minutes quarters.
Stephanie Pruitt led the Lady Cats in scoring with 13 points to go with three steals. Alyssa Burney had team highs in rebounds (12) and steals (5) and added two points, while Jamie Askins had a team-high four assists along with four points and seven boards.
Stevie Moore had six points, Chasity Hall scored two points as did Kayla Phillips, and Erika Garrett hit a 3-pointer.