|Paris has too much offense for Lady Cats|
|Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor|
Feb. 1, 2006 - The Sulphur Springs Lady Cats found themselves in an unusual situation on Tuesday. They held Paris to just 18 points in the first half, but found themselves in a seven-point hole.
That lack of scoring plagued them throughout the game.
Sulphur Springs held Paris, who is tied for the district lead, to under 50 points, but fell 49-28 at Wildcat Gym.
The Lady Cats were within seven points at the break, 18-11, but Paris scored the first eight points of the third quarter to take a 15-point advantage and Sulphur Springs was never able to get the lead under double digits after that.
It was just one of those nights for the Lady Cats, who had just one player make half her shots: sophomore post Star Wright was 4-of-8 from the field for a team-high eight points.
Overall, the Lady Cats were 10-of-42 from the field and just 6-of-21 from the free throw line.
Meanwhile, Paris was getting a double-double from New Orleans University signee LaMetrius Edwards, who had 14 points, 17 rebounds and six steals. Sophomore Keitra Brown added 10 points and eight boards.
Paris didn't shoot particularly well either, but they made up for it by gathering in 22 offensive rebounds, giving them second chances at the bucket. Paris ended up out-rebounding SSHS, 48-33.
There was just one lead change in the game. After Sulphur Springs senior Whitney Jordan opened the game by hitting an 18-foot jumper, Paris' Edwards and Brown scored the next two buckets to take a 4-2 lead.
Jordan added three more points in the quarter and finished with six points and five rebounds.
But, Paris' 9-6 lead after the first quarter expanded to nine points (16-7) at one point in the second period as the Lady Cats missed their first eight shots from the field.
Senior Bridgette Nash broke that drought when she converted a conventional three-point play.
After halftime, though, the Lady Cats had another long scoring drought, lasting for almost four minutes of the third period, until Wright got hot. She made four consecutive low post buckets on feeds from McKenzie Cross, Nash and two assists from senior Kaytlin Black, who also had two steals and two rebounds in the game.
Paris, though, was able to match the Lady Cats' offense, and despite a 15-foot jumper by Cross off a in-and-out assist from Wright, the Lady Cats trailed, 35-21, beginning the fourth quarter.
SSHS sophomore Shardae Jones hit a pair of long 3-pointers in the final quarter on assists from Cross and Emily Bouyear, but those were the only field goals the Lady Cats could manage.
Sophomore Stephanie Conley led the team in rebounds with seven, and Nash added six boards and three points.
The Lady Cats (9-19, 1-7 in District 12-4A) host Mount Pleasant on Friday for Senior Night. Paris increased its record to 18-12, 7-1 in the district where they are tied with North Lamar for first.
Paris 55, SSHS 31
Paris took an early lead, going up 11-0, and Sulphur Springs could never score enough to get back into the game.
Brittany Scott led SSHS in scoring with 11 points to go with seven rebounds, while Alyssa Burney, Erika Garrett and Janelle Davis each scored four points. Burney added eight rebounds and three steals, while Garrett had a team-high three assists, and Davis led the team in rebounds with nine.
Jennifer Mitchell and Stevie Moore each hit a 3-pointer, and Tasha Lee had two points and four boards.
SSHS 36, Paris 26
Kayle Askins had team-highs with 15 points and four steals as the Lady Cats outscored Paris each of the final three quarters.
Jamie Askins added six points and a team-high eight rebounds, Neasha Miles put in nine points, and Talea Reynolds had six points, six boards and five steals.
In the Lady Cats' previous game against North Lamar, the scoring leaders were reported erroneously. Rachel Johnson led the team in scoring with 11 points, while Miles had nine, Kayle Askins six, Jamie Askins five, Amy Highfield three, Molly Sims two, and Reynolds two.