Lady Cats fall to Longview Friday

By DON WALLACE, News-Telegram Sports Editor

Oct. 5, 2008 - Sulphur Springs had hopes of making it two district wins in a row Friday, but Longview had different plans.

The visiting Lady Lobos were not cooperative as they won a four-game match of the Lady Cats in a District 13-4A matchup at the SSHS gym.

The varsity game was played early Friday afternoon to allow players and fans to attend the football game between the same two schools.

After winning Tuesday in Mount Pleasant, and snapping a five-game losing streak, the Lady Cats were gunning for another district win. But it was not in the cards.

The visitors exploded from the blocks downing Sulphur Springs 11-25 in the first game. The visitors from Longview kept rolling and won 14-25 in the second game. The Lady Cats won the third game of the match 25-23, but the Lady Lobos closed out the match with a 16-25 victory over Sulphur Springs.

The Lady Cats played well in spurts, but were not consistent enough to hold off the hard-serving Longview team.

The Lady Lobos let their serving do the talking. Ashley Washington served for seven of the first nine points as the Longview team bolted to a 9-2 lead. Backing up the nice serving were kills at the net by Emily Todd and Traci Devance.

Miranda Williams then got hot serving for the visitors as they got three straight points to get a 12-4 lead. The Lady Cats tried to get going but nothing seemed to work as they fell in the first game losing by a 13-point margin.

The second game was a different story with the Wildcats and Lady Lobos trading points. The game was tied six times in the first 18 points as neither team was able to pull away. Serves by Brittani Crawford and Baleigh Butler let Sulphur Springs stay within striking distance ahead 10-8.

Keginina Stevenson rattled off five straight service points for the Lady Lobos as they went ahead 12-9. Longview closed out the set with three kills and three blocks as they controlled the net and finished scoring six points while Williams was serving as the Lady Lobos won 14-25.

The third game was the lone bright spot for Sulphur Springs. Serving for points were Mackenzie Cross and Maurie Lewis. The teams traded points with the score tied at 16-all.

The Lady Cats outscored Longview down the stretch with points of Butler and Krista McMahan serves while Longview made several errors. The Lady Lobos hit three shots into the net as the Lady Cats won by the 25-23 final.

Longview left little doubt they would take the match. The Lady Lobos got eight service points from Chynell Lee to begin a run. Point by Butler off a kill and were too late to save the game and the visitors won 16-25 to take the match.

The Lady Cats play at Texas High Tuesday night with the first game scheduled for 4:30 pm.

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