|Lady Cats pull away from Chisum with 56-34 win|
|Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor|
Nov. 22, 2006 - PARIS - The Sulphur Springs Lady Cats learned a lesson about patience on Tuesday, and in the process picked up their fifth win of the season.
After suffering through another low-percentage shooting half against Chisum, the Lady Cats took the advice of their coach onto the court in the second half and pulled away to a 56-34 victory.
The advice was to be more patient and get the ball to the girls with the hot hands.
Those hot hands belonged to a pair of junior forwards who both registered double-doubles. Starkeisha Wright knocked down 10-of-21 shots from the field to finish with a season-high 23 points to go with 11 rebounds and five blocked shots, and Stephanie Conley had a very active game with 12 points, 19 rebounds and five assists.
On a night when the Lady Cats went 0-for-9 from beyond the 3-point arc, they needed the contributions from their pair of 6-foot forwards.
"Our focus at halftime was to be more patient on offense and not to worry about the point deficit at the moment," said SSHS head coach Tina Carrillo, whose team held a 19-17 halftime lead. "I wanted to really focus on running the offense, and if we do that, we get better looks at the basket.
"The second half, I think we were able to put the game out of reach because of our patience on offense. We took more high percentage shots. We weren't hitting our shots from the 3-point line in the first half. I told them to kill the three and work the ball around."
Sulphur Springs hit just 8-of-35 shots from the field (23 percent) in the first half, but doubled that percentage in the second half with 14-of-31 shooting.
The Lady Cats were able to stretch their 19-17 halftime lead almost immediately in the second half as sophomore Mackenzie Cross and Conley had a pair of putback baskets in the first 45 seconds. Then, Wright started to take over.
She scored 10 straight points for the Lady Cats as they went on a 10-3 run to stretch their lead to 35-23. Wright was the beneficiary of three straight low-post entry passes from Conley, then sophomore Kayle Askins and senior Emily Bouyear got in assists as well.
Though Chisum's Amber Brakebill hit a 3-pointer to close out the third-quarter scoring, the Lady Cats took off in the fourth period They scored six straight points on a pair of free throws from Bouyear, and two putback baskets from Cross and Talea Reynolds off a Jamonica Hall steal.
Bouyear ended the game with four assists and four rebounds to go with two points, while Cross had six points, seven boards and three steals, Reynolds added five points, and Hall had two points, four rebounds and three steals. Askins finished with four points and an assist.
In all, the Lady Cats forced 25 Chisum turnovers while committing just 16.
The Lady Cats led the entire game, taking a 7-0 lead in the first period and a 15-8 advantage early in the second quarter before Chisum tied the game at 17 all. SSHS junior Jessica Savage broke the tie with a 10-foot jumper a minute before halftime.
Nikki Cook led Chisum with a double-double of her own, 16 points and 11 rebounds. Amber Brakebill added eight points.
Notes: The Lady improved their record to 5-2. Last year, it took them 16 games to notch their fifth win. ... They will take the Thanksgiving break, then return to the court on Tuesday when they host Commerce with the freshmen game at 5 p.m., JV at 6:30, and varsity at 8 p.m.
SSHS JV 29, Chisum 24
The Lady Cats evened their record at 2-2� as they overcame an eight-point deficit.
Sulphur Springs took its first lead since the score was 3-2 when freshman post Melanie Hudson scored on a putback early in the fourth quarter to make the score 22-21.
Hudson finished with a team-high 10 points and seven rebounds. Stevie Moore added five points, seven rebounds and four steals, and Amy Highfield contributed four points.
Jamie Askins and Erika Garrett each had three assists. Garrett added four points and four steals, and Askins had two points and two blocks. Alyssa Burney recorded a game-high six steals to go with two points, and Shay Hutchinson added two points and three rebounds.
SSHS Freshmen 37, Chisum 19
The ninth-grade Lady Cats started the SSHS sweep by having eight players score points.
Ashanti Ivery, Daci West and Linsey Fouse all scored six points each. Fouse and Ivery added four steals each. Chasity Hall contributed five points, three rebounds and four steals, and Dani Johnson, Brittany Wright and Kayla Phillips scored four points apiece.
Brittany Woolley added two points and three assists.