Texas High’s girls did not play their best Friday at the Tiger Center, but still had an opportunity to hand Sulphur Springs its first District 16-5A loss of the season.
The Lady Tigers (16-5, 3-1) trailed 41-29 going into the final eight minutes. Still, the Lady Wildcats (19-3, 5-0) had to watch a potential game-winning shot for Texas High sail off-target in the final three seconds. That miss allowed Sulphur Springs to escape with a 47-44 victory.
In other action Friday, both Liberty-Eylau and Pleasant Grove started District 7-4A play with home wins. The Lady Leopards upended Paris, 72-57, while the Lady Hawks defeated North Lamar, 53-46. Atlanta also won its district opener over Pittsburg, 82-30. In Southwest Arkansas, Magnolia’s girls beat Arkansas High, 39-31.
Taylor Crabtree led L-E (14-10, 1-0) with 22 points, with Skylier Bailey contributing 17 points and 11 rebounds. Pleasant Grove (12-6, 1-0) was led by Sha’Nequa Henry with 16 points. Madeline Haak scored 12, while Monique Walker added 11.
Sulphur Springs defense key to outcome
“We struggled shooting the ball tonight; I thought we got a little stagnant and cautious,” Texas High coach Craig Collvins said. “It looked like we were second-guessing our shots, and aiming them instead of shooting them.
“It was credit to our kids that we didn’t quit, and fought back on more than one occasion when it looked like they might pull away. Kerrighan Dunn sparked us late with some steals. It also looked like Sulphur Springs got a little rattled when they couldn’t get the ball inside at the end. This wasn’t our worst shooting night, but it was obviously not our best either. We played mediocre tonight and still had a chance to win. There’s some positives to take from this game.”
Texas High was leading 13-10 in the second quarter when the Wildcats went on a 15-2 run to take control. It was 23-15 at intermission, when the Tigers got a pair of treys from Mia Wilson to cut their deficit to three points. Sadavia Porter’s defense and three uncontested layups allowed the Wildcats rebuild a 12-point cushion going into the fourth quarter.
Porter led Sulphur Springs’ offense with 16 points. Dunn tallied 10 for the Tigers, while Wilson and Kye Morreson scored eight points each.
Texas High’s boys slipped to 1-1 in district Friday, losing at Sulphur Springs, 63-48. C.J. Kelley led the Tigers’ attack with 16 points, while Caleb Wilson contributed 15.