SS girls break away from Lady Lions late

By BOBBY "BUTCH" BURNEY | News-Telegram Sports Editor

Nov. 20, 2007 - GREENVILLE - It wasn't easy, but the Sulphur Springs Lady Cats finally broke away from Greenville on Monday to take a 47-39 victory before earning a break during the Thanksgiving holiday.

The Lady Cats outscored Greenville 14-4 over the final 5 1/2 minutes of the game to improve their record to 4-2. Greenville fell to 3-2.

Greenville took a 35-33 lead with six minutes left on Rocio Medrano's putback bucket, but the Lady Cats regained the lead for good on junior guard Mackenzie Cross' 15-foot jumper and ensuing free throw. Sulphur Springs expanded its advantage on an offensive rebound basket by Starkeisha Wright and two free throws by senior forward Stephanie Conley, who was fouled after coming up with a midcourt steal.

Conley continued her strong early-season play with another double-double of 12 points, 10 rebounds and four steals. She has scored in double figures in four of team's first six games and had double-digit rebounds in all but one contest.

Cross added nine points, five steals and five rebounds, and junior Stevie Moore hit four 3-pointers en route to a game-high 16 points.

At first, it looked like the game would be easier than it turned out to be. The Lady Cats took a 7-0 lead on a 3-pointer from Stefanie Pruitt, who finished with eight points, and two consecutive putback buckets by Conley.

But, Greenville came back to tie the game at seven on a 3-pointer from Amanda Weyrick, who finished with a team-high 11 points.

Conley had four more points in the period, including a 15-foot jumper with five seconds left to give SSHS a 13-7 cushion.

Greenville, though, again mounted a comeback despite three treys by Moore. A 3-pointer by Greenville's Weyrick cut the deficit to 22-20 with 80 seconds left before halftime, but Cross fed Conley for one basket and then came up with a steal and lay-up to increase the Lady Cats' lead to 26-20 at the break.

The Lady Lions took their first lead of the game with two minutes left in the third period on five consecutive points by Weyrick, but Pruitt hit a short baseline jumper to give SSHS a 31-30 advantage heading into the fourth quarter.

The Lady Cats were finally able to pull away in the final five minutes, and will take a week off before traveling to Commerce next Tuesday.

For the game, Sulphur Springs shot 29.5 percent from 2-point land (13-of-44), but hit 5-of-10 3-pointers. Greenville shot 40 percent from the field (15-of-38) and out-rebounded SSHS, 27-22, but also turned the ball over 20 times to just 12 for the Lady Cats.

Junior Varsity

SSHS 53, Greenville 22

The SSHS JV remained unbeaten (5-0) by outscoring Greenville in every quarter.

Talea Reynolds recorded a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Ja Monica Hall added seven points and five rebounds. Ashanti Ivery and Jamie Askins each scored six points, and Ivery added three steals.

Alyssa Burney contributed four points, eight rebounds, four steals and three assists, Melanie Hudson had four points and three boards, Amy Highfield contributed two points and two assists, Kayla Phillips had two points and five boards, and Sylvia Paolucci and Linsey Fouse scored four points each.

Freshmen

Greenville 38, SSHS 23

The Lady Cats (1-4) started slowly, falling behind by 13 points at halftime.

Caitlyn Nix led the Lady Cats in scoring with 10 points and five rebounds, while Frankeisha Hawkins added seven points and six boards. Ariel Spataro scored five points and had five boards.

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