|Lady Cats fall to Texas High, 64-35|
|Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor|
Jan. 25, 2006 - TEXARKANA - A poor start led to a bad ending for the Sulphur Springs Lady Cats on Tuesday.
The Lady Cats allowed Texas High to get out to a 12-0 lead to start the District 12-4A game, and the Lady Tigers never trailed in taking a 64-35 victory at Tiger Center.
The Lady Cats' record dropped to 1-5 in district play, 9-17 overall, and the loss realistically ended any playoff hopes SSHS might have had. Texas High, meanwhile, improved to 4-2, 13-12, to stay in third place in the district standings behind Paris and North Lamar, who are both 5-1.
"It wasn't pretty last night. There wasn't the enthusiasm and intensity I expected to see from my team," said SSHS head coach Tina Carrillo. "We didn't play them with the same intensity that we played them here, and we didn't play with the same intensity as when we played Greenville here."
Despite falling behind early, the lady Cats twice cut the lead to four points in the second period - first on a putback basket by sophomore Stephanie Connally and again on a 19-foot jumper by junior Emily Bouyear that made the score 16-12 with five minutes to play in the half.
But, Texas High went on a 16-4 run to close out the second quarter that gave the Lady Tigers a 32-16 halftime advantage. Sulphur Springs never got the deficit below double digits in the second half.
While Texas High's Miracle Thurston scored a game-high 19 points, all but four of those came in the second half with the game out of reach. Most of the Lady Tigers' punch came from Brittani McCoy, who had eight steals and eight points, and LaShae Harris and Briauna Birl, who each had 13 points and combined for 14 rebounds and seven steals.
Sulphur Springs was paced by senior Bridgette Nash with 10 points and six rebounds, Connally with six points and 11 boards, and senior Whitney Jordan with six points and seven rebounds. Bouyear had four points, two steals and two assists.
But, overall, the Lady Cats committed 29 turnovers and shot jut 17-of-53 from the field (32 percent). Carrillo attributed it to being unfocused, and she saw it coming from the time the team took the court for warm-ups.
"I think the team right now kind of has a split personality. We have the personality that plays intense at home, and then we get on the road and is blase," she said. "I was hoping to get better on those road games, but we just didn't look good last night.
"We're trying to fix things about how we walked in and how we warmed up. We never had the focus the entire time."
After Texas High took the 12-0 lead, SSHS freshman McKenzie Cross broke the run with a 15-foot jumper and Nash followed with a 18-footer, but Texas High led, 14-6, after one period. Cross ended the game with four points, six rebounds and three assists.
After starting the second quarter by scoring six of the first eight points, the Lady Cats went cold and made just two baskets over the final five minutes - a putback from Star Wright and a jumper from Nash off an assist by Kaytlin Black.
Wright ended the game with five points, while Black had two assists and her defense was one of the main reasons that Texas High's Thurston was ineffective in the first half.
Texas High 56, SSHS 42
The Lady Cats played Texas High evenly through three periods, but ran out of gas in the fourth quarter, getting outscored, 19-9.
The game was tied 26-26 at halftime and Texas High managed a 37-33 lead after three periods.
Stevie Moore scored a team-high 13 points and had three rebounds for SSHS, while Brittany Moore added 12 points. Erika Garrett knocked down a pair of 3-pointers en route to eight points and two assists, and Alyssa Burney added four points, four rebounds and three steals.
Janelle Davis had a team-high nine rebounds and Tasha lee added five rebounds, two steals and four points.
Texas High 63, SSHS 22
Kayle Askins and Neisha Miles each scored 11 points for the Lady Cats, but Texas High outscored them in every quarter.
Miles also led the team with five rebounds, while Askins had a team-high three assists. Rachael Johnson had four rebounds and Jaime Askins scored one point.