Mansfield Summit girls’ season ended by Sulphur Springs

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Desi Debase scored 17 points, including seven in the fourth quarter, leading Sulphur Springs to a 39-36 victory over Mansfield Summit in an area-round girls basketball game Friday night.

“We played like we had seven freshmen instead of having seven seniors,” Summit coach Tammy Lusinger said. “We just never did get comfortable. For some reason, we just couldn’t slow down.”

Summit post Destiny Strange got in foul trouble early, leaving the bulk of work on the shoulders of senior guard Stylz Sanders.

Sanders finished with a double-double, a team-high 16 points and 12 rebounds, but just like the rest of Summit’s squad, couldn’t get her game under control, Lusinger said.

“She was extremely emotional and could never really calm herself down,” Lusinger said. “She missed a lot of shots she normally doesn’t miss. It was just from wanting it too bad.”

Summit (32-8) held a 32-27 lead heading into the fourth quarter but was outscored 12-4 in the final quarter, thanks in part to 3-pointers from Sulphur Springs senior guard Shakoja Debase and Desi Debase, a junior guard.

Summit had lost one of its leading scorers, senior guard Keanna Kelley, the week prior to a knee injury and had trouble adjusting to a new rotation, Lusinger said.

“We lost our leading scorer a week and a half ago, so I think that shakes a team and they got too shook up and we just lost our confidence in the playoffs,” she said.

Ultimately, Sulphur Springs (23-5) was the team that could roll with the punches of a sloppy, turnover-ridden game for both teams and advance to the regional quarterfinals.

“I thought early on the kids were very nervous and playing out of control,” Lusinger “We had some tough calls and the kids, they just didn’t hold their composure well enough. You can’t do that and expect to win.”

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