Lady Cats win second game of Snowball Classic over Ennis
Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor

Jan. 27, 2006 - The Sulphur Springs Lady Cats made the most of their offensive chances Thursday afternoon. Ennis couldn't say the same.

The Lady Cats had just three shots on goal in the second half, but scored on a 15-yard kick from Morgan Baima in a 1-0 victory over Ennis in the second pool game of the Snowball Classic at Gerald Prim Stadium.

Ennis, meanwhile, mounted a furious second-half offensive that resulted in 16 shots on goal, but SSHS goal keeper Kai'la Petty and defenders McKenzie Kelty, Elvia Zuniga, D'Kota Hutchings and Sarah Petty helped keep Ennis off the scoreboard.

"Once we got up 1-0, we packed five defenders back there to try to keep the lead,' said SSHS head coach J.J. Williams. "Ennis is known for being able to score, so we knew we'd have to play good defense against them.

"They got a few good shots off, but I thought we played pretty well against them defensively."

Following a scoreless first half, the Lady Lions had five unsuccessful shots on goal before Sulphur Springs got on the scoreboard.

With 22:15 to play, SSHS junior Gayle Grand-Lienard headed a throw-in from about 35 yards out to senior Maribel Sanchez, who was able to maintain control after a run-in with a Ennis defender. Sanchez then played the ball ahead to senior Morgan Baima on the left flank.

As the Ennis goalie rushed out to meet Baima, she scooted a shot underneath the diving goal keeper from about 15 yards out that centered the net for a 1-0 SSHS lead.

The Lady Cat defense then made sure the lead stood up.

Ennis had 12 more shots on goal, including a flurry of 10 in the span of about 10 minutes. During that time, Petty had four saves, plus Kelty blocked three attempts, Hutchings, Sarah Petty and Sanchez each blocked a shot.

After an Ennis shot from 20 yards out went over the net with 5:20 to play, the Lady Cats were able to finally get the ball into the Ennis end of the field before the Lady Lions attempted two more shots in the final minute, but neither came close.

The victory improves the Lady Cats' record to 3-5-2 overall and makes them 1-1 after the first day of the tournament. They are scheduled to play Athens (0-2) at 1 p.m. and Mesquite (2-0) at 4 p.m. at Coleman Park. If they win both, they will play in the championship bracket on Saturday at Gerald Prim Stadium.

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