Lady Cats take down Texas High
From Staff Reports

Oct. 9, 2006 - TEXARKANA - The Lady Cats did it again.

For the third consecutive year, Sulphur Springs beat Texas High at home. Friday was homecoming for the Lady Tigers, but SSHS delivered a 25-20, 23-25, 17-25, 26-24, 15-11 blow.

It was the first District 11-4A win for the Lady Cats (1-5, 9-19 overall), who travel to Paris on Tuesday. The loss knocks Texas High to 2-4, 14-14.

The Lady Cats were down two games to one before taking the fourth game, 26-24.

"They kept fighting in the fourth game. It was neck-and-neck most of that game, and we were able to put it away at the end," said SSHS head coach Christi Funk. "T-High played well. I saw very similar characteristics in them the last time we played them. If they're on, they're going to play well.

"We had great defense and were really strong atthe net."

Senior middle blocker Kayla Morgan led the team in kills with 12 to go with five blocks and 10 service points. Junior Marci Womack added three kills, a team-high six blocks and three points, while sophomore Mackenzie Cross had five points and three blocks, junior Kristen McDonald added seven kills and 11 blocks, and senior Darla Dickson blocked three shots.

In the fifth game, Texas High won the first point, but Sulphur Springs came back to win seven of the next nine points to take a 7-3 advantage.

"It was a big win. We came out really strong in the fifth game from the very first whistle," said Funk. "What ended up hurting us last time we played them was we didn't come out in the fifth game ready to play. When you only play to 15 in the fifth game, you can't behind and expect to fight back."

She was talking about the first time the teams played in which T-High went on a 5-1 run to open the fifth game en route to a win.

"We came out very strong from the very beginning. We lost the first point, but the girls absolutely did not let that take them down, and I think we had a run after that, so we led the whole fifth game," Funk said.

Sophomore Baleigh Butler led the team in service points with 12, while junior Kelsey Evans added 11 and Jordan Anderson eight. Amanda McGowin recorded a team-high nine digs, while Brittani Dillard had four.

The Lady Cats travel to Paris on Tuesday for a varsity match slated to begin at about 6 p.m. following the freshmen and JV.

On Friday, the SSHS junior varsity and freshmen both won. The SSHS JV won by scores of 25-15, 10-25, 25-21, while the freshmen won, 25-20, 25-5 with Elizabeth Sheffield leading the team with 20 points.

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