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Lady Cats have two games left
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Oct. 16, 2006 - MOUNT PLEASANT - The Sulphur Springs Lady Cats won't be going to the playoffs this season, but head coach Christi Funk said they are determined to finish the final two games strong at home.
The Lady Cats were beaten in three games Friday by Mount Pleasant, 25-23, 25-19, 25-12, and will host district leader North Lamar on Tuesday and second-place Lindale in the season finale on Friday.
SSHS fell to 1-7 in District 11-4A, 9-21 overall, while Mount Pleasant is 3-5, 21-12. North Lamar (7-1, 18-8), Lindale (6-2, 18-11) and Paris (5-3, 27-7) have all wrapped up playoff berths with two regular season games left.
On Friday, the Lady Cats adjusted to their new 5-1 scheme, featuring one setter after a knee injury to senior Jordan Anderson ended her season. But, Funk said that after playing the first two games close against Mount Pleasant, they made too many mistakes in Game 3 to keep the match going.
"The first two games, we played really well. The third game, we had a lot of unforced errors," she explained. "I'm not sure if it was a lack of focus or what it was, but we had a lot of errors.
"We changed to a 5-1, and they executed that well in the first two games. The third game, the girls were working hard but made too many errors."
Senior Kayla Morgan and sophomore Baleigh Butler both had four kills to lead the team in that category. Morgan also had three blocks, while Butler had seven digs. Amanda McGowin led the team in digs with 11.
Senior Kristen McDonald added three kills, two blocks and seven digs, while Marci Womack recorded one kill and a team-high four blocks. Brittani Dillard added six digs and Kelsey Evans had five digs and two kills.
The Lady Cats will have senior night on Friday before their scheduled game at 6 p.m.
We're looking forward to having local support, packed stands, and I want everybody to see how hard the girls are working in every game," Funk said. "It's hard to come home and say it was a loss, but� we're working so hard. We've really improved a lot - the win-loss record doesn't show it, but the improvement on the court and the competition level the girls are at has really come a long way.
"We've stayed the course, and now we're going to finish the race strong, and we're glad we're doing it at home."