The Lady Cats basketball team perhaps did not get the start from the get-go that they wanted throughout scrimmage pay, as they went winless in five matches.
The season started for the women’s basketball team led by new head coach Erica Delley last Saturday when Sulphur Springs travelled to Lone Oak for a tri-match between the Lady Cats, Cumby and the host Lone Oak.
Unfortunately for Sulphur Springs they dropped their first two scrimmages of the season in Lone Oak 23-15 and 27-15.
The Lady Cats had the chance to put those first two matches behind them when they hosted a quad-match between Sulphur Springs, Paris, Rains and Tyler High Schools on Tuesday for their first home contests of the season.
The first game had Coach Delley and her squad take on Paris, and the visiting Lady Cats pressed the host Sulphur Springs full-court, which suffocated the team still trying to develop a chemistry.
The Lady Cats pulled it close at the end 21-17 thanks to a late three from Jayla Yarbrough who finished the match with five points. Baylie Large also scored five but the leading scorer in the loss was Addyson Lamb who racked up seven.
After two scrimmages from Tyler-Rains and Paris-Tyler, Sulphur Springs came back on their home court for contest number two.
Coach Delley’s squad had a hard-fought match and was so close to pulling out the victory, but Rains ended up eking out the victory by one against the home Lady Cats 12-11.
Lamb and Edream Jones finished with two points apiece, but Yarbrough lead the way with five points in the loss. Large contributed a point thanks to a free throw.
The loss dropped Sulphur Springs to an 0-5 record in scrimmages, but even without leading scorer from last year Kenzie Willis and a few more injuries for the Lady Cats, the makings are there for a team that can fight.
Next up, Coach Delley and her squad will be back at home for their regular-season opener when they host Prestonwood on Friday.
JV will get the action started at 5:30 P.M. followed with he varsity at 6:45 P.M.