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The Sam Houston Lady Broncos gave Sulphur's Lady Tors their largest defeat of the season Tuesday night. (Kirk Meche / Special to the American Press)

The Sam Houston Lady Broncos gave Sulphur's Lady Tors their largest defeat of the season Tuesday night. (Kirk Meche / Special to the American Press)

Broncos surprise Tors, improve playoff chances

Last Modified: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 1:02 PM

By Troy LaFleur / American Press

MOSS BLUFF — Sulphur’s undefeated District 3-5A record and 10-game win streak didn’t scare the Sam Houston Lady Broncos at all Tuesday evening as they gave the Tors their largest defeat of the season 52-35.

The upset couldn’t have come at a better time for the Broncos (16-13, 6-7) who have been fighting their way into the Class 5A playoff. Knocking off the state’s fourth-ranked team should put them in prime position.

“This is huge for us,” said Sam Houston head coach Jason Jagneaux. “It is a big momentum booster heading into the playoffs.

“When we started the year we had a lot of growing up to do, and in the second half of district I think we have grown up tremendously. When we struggled at the beginning of the year, the girls took it upon themselves to turn it around, and they refuse to lose right now.”

The loss has no effect on the Tors (25-4, 12-1) and their district standing as they locked up the championship last Friday. But a win over Sam Houston would have all but guaranteed them a top-four playoff seed.

“We didn’t play well tonight, but that was all due to Sam Houston,” said Sulphur head coach Helen LeFevre. “They were motivated; they shot lights out. They definitely outplayed us everywhere.”

The Broncos came out guns blazing, letting the Tors know that they weren’t going to lie down for the two-time defending district champions.

Fallon Scarborough started with six points as Sam Houston jumped out to a 13-4 lead after the first 8 minutes. While the Broncos shot the ball well, it was their defense that spurred them to the early lead.

“People know you have to get a hand in Ally (Cupit) and Becca (Brooks) face in order to stop us,” LeFevre said. “There is no one left that we will play who don’t know about these two and we are going to have to find someone else who can score for us when they are shutdown.”

The Tors came to life in the second quarter as senior guard Becca Brooks and Ally Cupit each scored eight points to put Sulphur out in front 20-19 heading into halftime.

“I thought the biggest thing we had to do was stop fouling. They only had four points in the first quarter, but they went on a run in the second quarter due to us fouling and not boxing out,” Jagneaux said.

It didn’t take long for the Broncos to recover as they jumped back out in front in the third quarter behind guards Abby Jolie and Delaney Webb, who combined for 13 points.

There was no change in the fourth quarter as Sam Houston continued to shoot the ball well from the field, outscoring Sulphur 16-8.

Webb, who came off the bench, seemed to be the difference-maker as she scored 11 of her 13 points in the second half. She also grabbed six rebounds and three steals.

“That was a heck of game she played,” Jagneaux said. “And I think she was the turning point in the game.”

Forward Sam Logan, who scored 13 points for Sam Houston, was the only other Bronco to score in double digits. She finished with a double-double with 10 rebounds.

“Sam has played well all year and she is averaging a double-double on the season right now,” Jagneaux said. “Teams have done things to try and take her out of the game and she has still done a tremendous job for us.”

Cupit and Brooks scored 12 and 10 points, respectively, for Sulphur, while forward Cierra Wilson finished with a double-double of 11 points and 14 rebounds.

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