Lindale seniors lead Lady Eagles to playoffs
By BOBBY "BUTCH" BURNEY, News-Telegram Sports Editor
Feb. 3, 2008 - LINDALE - It was Senior Night at the Lindale gym on Friday, and it was two Lindale seniors who led the Lady Eagles to the promised land.
Getting double-doubles from the 1-2 punch of 6-footers post Madison Killingsworth and guard Whitney Binder, the Lady Eagles wrapped up the final playoff spot in District 11-4A with a 50-38 victory over the Sulphur Springs Lady Cats.
Sulphur Springs was needing to win its final two games to force a tie with Lindale for third place, but the Lady Eagles scored first and never trailed in improving their record to 5-4 in district, 19-11 overall.
Sulphur Springs (3-6, 11-17) will finish out the season with its own Senior Night on Tuesday against Paris, while Mount Pleasant (8-1) and North Lamar (9-0) play Tuesday for the district title.
Lindale was too much inside for the Lady Cats as Killingsworth scored 24 points on 10-of-14 shooting from the field to go with a game-high 15 rebounds and five blocked shots. Binder added 12 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks.
Lindale controlled the paint as all 50 of the Lady Eagles' points came either in the lane or from the free throw line. Sulphur Springs had 10 points in the paint and 10 from the charity stripe.
The Lady Cats hit four 3-pointers, three of them from Stevie Moore, who finished with a team-high 14 points. Mackenzie Cross and Starkeisha Wright each added six points.
Sulphur Springs tied the game just once, at 2-2, on senior Stephanie Conley's 12-foot jumper from the right side. But, Lindale ended the first quarter ahead, 14-10, despite a pair of 3-pointers by Moore.
In the second period, Sulphur Springs twice got to within one points, the first time at 15-14 on a putback basket by Moore and again at 17-16 on Cross' jump shot in the lane. But, Killingsworth and Binder took over for the Lady Eagles, seven of the their team's next nine points as they increased the lead to 26-18 by halftime.
The Lady Eagles expanded their lead in the third quarter, holding Sulphur Springs to just two field goals - a 3-pointer by Moore and a putback basket by sophomore Stefanie Pruitt that cut the deficit to 31-23. But, that was the last time the lead would be less than double digits as the Lady Cats went the final 6:40 of the period without a field goal.
Killingsworth and Binder, meanwhile, scored 14 of their team's 17 points in the period to head into the fourth quarter with a 43-27 advantage.
The Lady Cats made a run at the start of the fourth quarter as Delandria Pryor hit a 17-foot jumper, Mackenzie Cross turned a steal into a layup and Jessica Savage buried a 3-pointer to get the deficit back to 11 points, 45-34.
But, Lindale re-established momentum by scoring five straight points, the final two on a putback basket by Killingsworth off an offensive rebound of a missed free throw.
Sulphur Springs finished the game shooting 23.5 percent (12-of-51), while Lindale hit 47.4 percent (18-of-38). The Lady Cats were also out-rebounded 39-28.
SSHS 41, Lindale 27
Playing short-handed, the Lady Cats lost their third district game (6-3, 22-8 overall). Melanie Hudson had six points and eight rebounds, and Talea Reynolds scored seven points. Kayla Phillips added four points and two rebounds.
Alyssa Burney contributed two points, five rebounds and four steals, Jamie Askins added three points, two steals and three assists, Kayle Askins had three points and two rebounds and Linsey Fouse scored two points.
Lindale 32, SSHS 20
The Lady Cats were led by Kyri Ivery and Caitlyn Nix, each with four points. Nix also had 10 rebounds and three steals, while Ivery added six steals and two assists.
Ariel Spataro scored five points and had three steals, Frankeisha Hawkins scored two points, Taylor Eastwood added three points, while Megan Massey had two rebounds and Bradyn Burney had two steals and two assists.