Lady Cats douse Nevada Community to remain unbeaten
Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor

Nov. 13, 2006 - So far, so good for the Sulphur Springs Lady Cats.

That was the assessment of head coach Tina Carrillo after the Lady Cats doused the Nevada Community Lady Braves, 66-26, on Saturday to stay unbeaten at 2-0.

The Lady Cats held Community scoreless through the first 10 minutes of the game, building a 25-0 lead early in the second period. It was a much smoother game than in their opener against Greenville on Tuesday.

"Coming off a game against Greenville in which we shot 18 percent from the field, I was pleased with the way we started and finished the game against Community," Carrillo said.

They Lady Cats' new press held Community to just seven field goals for the entire game and produced 30 turnovers.

"So far, so good," Carrillo said. "I'm ready to play some more athletic teams to see how we do with it. I'm impressed with the way they're running it so far.

"They love the press. They've bought into it. It didn't take long for me to impart that to them. This team is high-tempo and athletic, so why not use your athleticism?"

Meanwhile, offensively, nine of the team's 10 players scored, led by freshman Stephanie Pruitt who came off the bench to score 16 points, hitting four 3-pointers in the second quarter. Junior Stephanie Conley added 14 points and freshman Jamonica Hall put in 11 points.

But, it was the Lady Cat defense that paved the way for the win.

Sophomore point guard Mackenzie Cross led the team with eight steals, while Conley had seven take-aways and senior Cresha Hubbard added four steals and five rebounds.

Junior post Star Wright contributed eight points and a team-high nine rebounds, while Conley had six boards and Hall added five. Junior Jessica Savage led the team in assists with five, while Cross had four.

"We had a very intense performance from our girls," Carrillo said. "We looked polished and fresh. I tried to plan it that way this week by going light days, heavy days and light days.

"Right now, we're able to use our bench and give our younger players just as much playing time as our starters."

Kina Hicks led Community with 10 points and Veronica Carr added eight.

The Lady Cats hit the hardwood again tomorrow against Quitman in their first road game. They play the Lady Bulldogs with the freshmen starting at 4:30 p.m., followed by the JV at 6 and the varsity at 7:30.

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