Pruitt sets school record in win over Lindale
Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor

Jan. 17, 2006 - LINDALE - It was raining 3s on Tuesday, and Sulphur Springs' Stefanie Pruitt was the main rainmaker.

Pruitt, a freshman guard, poured in a school record eight 3-pointers against the Lindale Lady Eagles and three of her teammates hit at least one long range shot each as the Lady Cats persevered to a 60-59 overtime victory that wasn't decided until after the buzzer had sounded.

Despite the heroics of Pruitt, who finished with a game-high 24 points on 8-of-11 shooting from beyond the arc, Lindale had a chance to send the game into double overtime when Whitney Binder was fouled while shooting a 15-foot jumper as the buzzer sounded and SSHS ahead 60-58.

Binder had two free throws to tie the game. Her first shot was true, but the second attempt hit the front iron and fell away to finally give Sulphur Springs its first District 11-4A victory.

The Lady Cats are 1-3 in district (17-8 overall), one game behind Texas High for third place. Lindale is also 1-3 (11-14 overall).

"We needed that win, we had to have that win," said SSHS head coach Tina Carrillo. "We've had trouble winning close games this year. We hung onto it last night. It was a good win because it was on the road."

The game had nine ties and 13 lead changes as each squad matched the other's runs.

SSHS sophomore Mackenzie Cross gave the Lady Cats the early momentum when she scored nine of her 15 points in the first period, including her first 3-pointer of the year. She hit another trey in the fourth quarter.

But, Sulphur Springs also got a dose of Lindale post Madison Killingsworth, who scored five points in the period on her way to 17 total.

Sulphur Springs ended the first period ahead 11-8, but the second-quarter was a see-saw affair. The Lady Cats stayed alive on 3-pointers. With Lindale staying in a tight zone, Pruitt heated up with three straight 3-pointers. Shardae Jones and Jessica Savage also hit a trey, and Cross had a key steal and lay-up as SSHS went to halftime with a 28-26 advantage.

But, Carrillo was cautious about the way they were playing.

"Even at halftime, my speech was that we still looked like we were nervous and we still had that deer-in-the-headlight look," Carrillo said. "At that point, we were living off the first-quarter points of Mackenzie Cross and the 3-pointers of Stefanie Pruitt.

"I didn't like our lack of intensity. We were giving up a lot of lay-ups. We weren't getting penetrations. It was too easy for them last night."

Lindale made a push in the third quarter after the Lady Cats took their largest lead at 37-29 midway through the period on another 3-pointer from Pruitt and six straight points from 6-1 post Starkeisha Wright, who finished with seven points and two rebounds.

Binder, who had 20 points, hit a 3-pointer to start an 11-1 run that pushed the Lady Eagles to a 42-38 lead to start the final period.

Lindale's lead reached six points in the fourth quarter at 53-47 with three minutes to play, but Cross and Pruitt hit back-to-back treys to tie the game with 2:12 left.

Freshman Jamonica Hall then gave the Lady Cats the lead at 55-53 when she converted an offensive rebound into two free throws. Binder, though, hit a long 2-pointer on Lindale's next possession to tie the game.

Lindale also had the final shot of regulation when Killingsworth missed an eight-foot shot that rolled off the side of the rim and was rebounded by SSHS' Emily Bouyear.

After scoring 11 points in the first half, Killingsworth was held to six points in the second half when Stephanie Conley was moved over to guard her. Conley had team-highs with seven steals, five rebounds and one field goal, and it was a huge bucket.

It came with 1:11 left to play in overtime when Savage found her for a fast-break layup that put SSHS up, 59-58.

With SSHS holding that lead, Lindale's Binder missed a shot with 25 seconds left and SSHS rebounded. Binder then stole the ball near midcourt but was charged with an offensive foul with 19 second remaining. Lindale then fouled Cross, who hit the front end of a one-and-one with 10 seconds left to give SSHS a 60-58 lead.

Lindale then moved the ball into the frontcourt and called timeout with 2.8 seconds remaining, leading to the final two free throw attempts by Binder.

Notes: The Lady Cats hit 12-of-23 (52.2 percent) from the 3-point arc and shot 42 percent overall (19-of-45). ... Lindale made just one 3-pointer in five attempts. ... Each team had 29 rebounds. This was the second straight overtime game for the Lady Cats. They are 2-2 in OT games this season. ... Cross finished with six assists and Savage had five. ... The Lady Cats host Paris (0-4, 7-14) on Friday.

JUNIOR VARSITY

Lindale 31, SSHS 28

Lindale took a three-point lead near the end of the third quarter and led the remainder of the game.

Erika Garrett found the 3-point range in the JV game, hitting a pair to finish with eight points and three rebounds. Stevie Moore also hit a trey and had eight points and 11 boards. Talea Reynolds scored six points and grabbed six boards.

Jamie Askins added four points, five rebounds and two assists, and Alyssa Burney had two points, four boards and two assists.

FRESHMEN

Lindale 23, SSHS 13

The Lady Cats never got their offense going, as four players scored points.

Ashanti Ivery scored five points and have five rebounds, Linsey Fouse added four points, four rebounds and three steals, and Justine Hatley and Dani Johnson each scored two points. Daci West had five rebounds, Brittany Wright had seven boards and Kayla Phillips eight.

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