At the halfway point of the District 13-4A schedule, Sherman head coach Beth Tallant was unapologetic about snatching a cupcake off the table on Friday night.

At the halfway point of the District 13-4A schedule, Sherman head coach Beth Tallant was unapologetic about snatching a cupcake off the table on Friday night.


The gap between the haves and have-nots in the district was laid bare as the Lady Bearcats threatened the century mark before settling for a 94-28 crushing of Greenville at Bearcat Gymnasium — and serving notice to the rest of the district.


"We needed that game 100 percent," Tallant said afterward. "I told the girls that right now we’re just a good team and we have the potential and ability to be a great team. Great teams show up against any opponent, no matter who it is. They’re going to play hard and play 94 feet for 32 minutes. We did that tonight. We put four quarters together, and I’m proud of the girls."


Jayzhia Softly led the way with 29 points and eight steals for the Lady Cats (10-10, 5-2), while Sa’Liesha Hunter finished with 24 tallies and five steals and J’Lyn Wash added 18 points and a team-high six rebounds. Tallant was full of praise for Wash, a senior classmate of Softly and Hunter.


"I’ve told her all season her level of ability and what she is capable of, and I really wish I had her for two more years," Tallant said. "She stepped up and performed how I expect her to."


Sherman’s defense forced a whopping 47 turnovers, many of which were converted into easy buckets.


The Lady Cats were never challenged, leading 12-0 before Greenville’s first made free throw and 26-1 before the Lady Lions’ initial basket near the end of the first period. The margin was 41 points at the half and 45 at the end of the third.


The only point in the game where the Lady Cats went through a lull was during the third period, where the shots stopped falling for a bit and Sherman made only 7-of-19 from the floor, but still outscored the Lady Lions 15-11.


"We’re going to work on our zone and do what we have to do and worry about us, and execute," Tallant said. "I got a little frustrated because we weren’t executing, but it’s part of it."


All eight players who were available at least scored a basket, grabbed a rebound and had a steal for Sherman.


Savannah Himes had 10 points for the Lady Lions (5-14, 2-5), which held a 40-35 rebounding advantage despite the lopsided loss.


The Lady Cats are two games up on fifth place with seven games to go, making a return to the playoffs likely for a fourth straight year.


Up ahead, though, are some gritty battles for seeding, starting with a game against first-place McKinney North on Tuesday night at Bearcat Gym. In their first meeting on Dec. 14, the Lady Cats rallied late before falling just short, 45-40.


"We’re ready," Tallant said. "I think we needed this confidence-booster to know we can be a great team when we do the little things and do what we’re supposed to do, and play hard for four quarters."