|Texas High has too much firepower for LadyCats|
|Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor|
Jan. 6, 2007 - TEXARKANA - Sulphur Springs wanted to slow down Texas High's Miracle Thurston on Friday.
The Lady Cats did that, holding the district's top offensive player last year to just four points. But, the Lady Tigers have a deep offensive well to dip into.
Four Texas High players scored in double figures as the Lady Tigers won the District 11-4A opener handily, 79-36, at the Tiger Center.
Two of Texas High's best players are new to the team this year, as transfer Jessica Hicks notched a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds, and athletic freshman Skylar Fields added 12 points. Kaci Stilson also scored 12 and point guard Brittani McCoy put in 10 points and came up with seven steals.
The Lady Cats (16-6 overall, 0-1 in district) never led in the game as they were held scoreless for the final three minutes of the first quarter and the opening 2 1/2 minutes of the second period as Texas High (10-5, 1-0) opened up a double-digit lead.
Sulphur Springs junior Starkeisha Wright came into the game averaging over 13 points and seven rebounds, but was held to just four points - none in the first half - and one board.
Senior Cresha Hubbard led the Lady Cats with 14 points and eight rebounds, and freshman Stephanie Pruitt hit 3-of-6 treys to finish with nine points.
But, the Lady Cats committed 24 turnovers and shot just 14-of-48 from the field (29 percent) and 5-of-14 from the free throw line (36 percent). Plus, they only had five steals, which limited their ability to get many fast break points.
Texas High, meanwhile, hit a cool 52 percent from the field, including 61 percent (26-of-43) from 2-point land.
When T-High's Hicks hit a 3-pointer, her first of four, about 2 1/2 minutes into the game, the Lady Tigers had a 5-0 lead. The Lady Cats would draw to within 8-6 at the 3-minute mark on sophomore Mackenzie Cross' lay-up when she took the ball end-to-end after a defensive rebound. Cross finished with three points, four rebounds and two steals.
But, Texas High ended the quarter on a 7-0 run and began the second period on a 6-0 streak, fueled by freshman Fields' energy, to go up 21-6.
Hubbard finally broke the streak with a low-post bucket off an entry pass from Stephanie Conley and Pruitt knocked down the first of her 3-pointers, but Texas High closed the half on a 6-1 run to go up 34-17.
They picked up their scoring drive in the second half, putting up eight straight points to increase the lead to 42-17 and effectively end any hopes the Lady Cats had of a second-half comeback.
Hubbard scored six of her points in the second half and Pruitt hit her final 3-pointer.
The Lady Cats host North Lamar, the defending district champions, on Tuesday. The varsity game is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m., preceded by freshmen at 4:30 and JV at 6 p.m.
Texas High 42, SSHS 32
Texas High outscored the Lady Cats 12-2 over the final six minutes to break a 30-30 tie.
Erika Garrett and Stevie Moore scored 10 points apiece to lead SSHS (8-8, 0-1) in scoring. Garrett also had two steals, while Moore had four rebounds.
Jamie Askins added eight points, four rebounds, three steals and four assists, and Alyssa Burney had four points, six boards and two assists. Amy Highfield gathered in three rebounds.
Texas High 43, SSHS 33
Texas High outscored SSHS by eight points in the third quarter to break open a 1-point game.
Ashanti Ivery led the Lady Cats with 12 points, three rebounds and two steals, and Daci West added six points, seven boards and two steals. Kayla Phillips contributed four points and four rebounds and Brittany Wright added two points and 10 boards.
Lindsey Fouse and Miranda Escobar each scored two points, and Dani Johnson added one. Brittany Woolley had two rebounds.