|Lady Cats win on shot at the buzzer|
|Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor|
Feb. 8, 2006 - GREENVILLE - The Sulphur Springs Lady Cats finished off the season in the best way possible Tuesday night, with a game-winning shot at the buzzer.
Sophomore Shardae Jones took a pass from Bridgette Nash and buried a 3-pointer from the right wing as the buzzer sounded to give the Lady Cats an exciting 42-41 victory over the Greenville Lady Lions during their Jam the Gym night.
The Lady Cats saw a 13-point halftime deficit slip away and trailed by five points with 13 seconds remaining, but while Greenville missed four straight free throws, Nash made a pair of charity shots and Jones hit one to bring the Lady Cats to within 41-39.
After Jones' final free throw, Greenville's inbound pass hit a Lady Lions' leg and rolled out of bounds, giving SSHS the ball with 4.1 seconds left under the basket.
On the Lady Cats' inbound play, the pass went to Nash, who spotted up then tossed it outside to Jones, who knocked down the game-winning shot.
"It was chaos, pure chaos," SSHS head coach Tina Carrillo said of the ensuing celebration. "Including the coach."
With the win, the Lady Cats ended the season at 3-7 in District 12-4A, including a pair of wins in their final two games. The loss kept Greenville winless at 0-27, 0-10.
The Lady Cats barely avoided being Greenville's lone victim this season.
"I didn't even want to think about it," said Carrillo. "Hats off to them. They played a great game.
"We didn't come out necessarily flat, because we played hard, but we were just ice cold from the field in the second half."
While SSHS was cold, Greenville guard Ali Trower heated up from beyond the arc. She nailed five 3-pointers, finishing with a team-high 15 points. She banked in a trey a minute into the fourth quarter that gave Greenville its first lead (31-30) since midway through the first period.
Sulphur Springs took a 26-13 lead into halftime, thanks to nine points in the first period from Nash, who finished with a team-high 15. Sophomore Stephanie Conley had a great game on the glass, coming up with a season-high 22 rebounds, the most by a Lady Cat this season.
But, the Lady Cats scored just four points in the third period, and Greenville cut the deficit down to 30-27 to begin the fourth quarter.
"I think the program made some great strides this year," said Carrillo in her first year as the helm. "I'm proud of the way the girls played and the way we finished out the season."
In other games around the district, North Lamar (21-10 overall) defeated Texas High, 57-39, to win the outright 12-4A championship with a 9-1 mark.
Texas High's loss also put the Lady Tigers (14-15, 5-5) into a tie for third place with Mount Pleasant (15-14, 5-5), which beat Paris, 59-58, on Tuesday. Paris finished in second place in the district with a 19-13, 8-1 record.