Working into shape
By DON WALLACE,News-Telegram Sports Editor
Oct. 27, 2008 - It’s a new year and new district.
Just wondering how the 13-4A race will shake out already has Sulphur Springs head girls basketball coach looking toward the future.
Gone at the familiar foes of North Lamar, Lindale and Paris. Remaining are Mount Pleasant and Texas High, but they have been joined in the district by Longview, Pine Tree, Marshall, and Hallsville.
The Lady Cats will be looking to improve on their 11-18 record last year as they went 3-7 in district play.
�This year our district will be very athletic,� said coach Carrillo. �It won�t be as skilled or disciplined. Most of these programs are not established and have little tradition. But they are bigger schools.�
Carrillo picked the Lady Cats as the fourth place team behind Longview, Mount Pleasant and Hallsville.
Mackenzie Cross, a 5-5 point guard, is the lone returning starter for Sulphur Springs according to the coach.
�Cross is very speed and athletic,� Carrillo said. �She averaged eight points and three assists per game. She is a great jump shooter in the paint for us. She�s a four year starter at point guard and out veteran leader.�
�Our team will be built around athleticism and speed. Our ability to penetrate and score will be big,� Carrillo said. �We need to work on being able to finish the game.�
Other members of the varsity include: Delandria Pryor, 5-6, senior, forward; Talea Reynolds, 5-5, senior, guard; Alyssa Burney, 5-4, senior, guard; Stevie Moore, 5-5, senior guard; Jamonica Hall, 5-4, junior guard; Ashanti Ivery, 5-4, junior guard; Kayla Phillips, 5-8, junior, post and Melanie Hudson, 5-9, junior, post.
The team will have a scrimmage Nov. 1 in Tyler against Robert E. Lee.
Coach Carrillo was still making final changes to the varsity schedule at press time today.