One thing so far is certain about Sherman’s girls as they enter District 13-4A play: They’re fun to watch.

The run-and-gun Lady Bearcats can score points in bunches, led by senior guard Sa’Liesha Hunter, who dropped 30 points in last week’s game against Frisco Lone Star.

Hunter, who signed with Southeastern Oklahoma State last month, has scored 25 or more points four times in 11 games so far, with a season-high of 34 against Melissa.

“Sa’Liesha is doing everything I expect her to,” Lady Cats head coach Beth Tallant said. “I’ve watched her grow up as a player and as an individual, and I’m very proud of her.”

So far, the uptempo style hasn’t translated into great success for the Lady Cats (2-7), who will travel to McKinney North tonight at 6:15 p.m., weather permitting, to open the district schedule.

“We’ve started working with our offense and figuring it out,” Tallant said. “We’re still trying to work on what’s best. We’ve got to have more than Sa’Liesha doing it all for us.

“Rebounding has been our biggest problem,” she added. “Lack of size is a factor, but I tell the girls if they have the heart and the want-to, they can outrebound anybody. The same goes with defense.”

The Lady Cats own pre-district losses against state-ranked Class 3A schools Celina, Melissa and Frisco Lone Star as well as tournament setbacks against several strong teams.

“We don’t schedule teams we don’t think we can beat,” Tallant said. “We play teams that prepare us for district play and the playoffs.”

Sherman’s first win of the year was against Richardson Berkner, 63-50, in the Allen Lady Eagle Classic on Nov. 22. But the second triumph, a 30-point runaway against a solid Howe club two weeks ago, showed what the Lady Cats can do when they put it all together.

“When all 10 of us are firing on all cylinders, we’re unstoppable,” Tallant said. “I saw a lot of positives (in the win against Howe), but there are a lot of things still to work on.”

The Lady Cats have also gotten scoring help from Hunter’s backcourt mate, Jayzhia Softly, who averages 12.4 points and five rebounds per game and is shooting 46 percent from the floor. Softly, who has already signed with Texas Woman’s University, scored 34 points in Sherman’s 79-70 loss to Irving in the Allen tournament.

Additionally, Brelyn Keys averages 6.2 points per game and J’Lyn Wash is scoring at a 4.4-per-game clip. Another player who’s been stepping up is Mary Kate Motley, who scored 12 points against Lone Star and was a perfect 6-of-6 from the floor.

“Mary Kate had been struggling with her confidence,” Tallant said. “I told her, you’ve just got to play.”

After tonight’s district opener, another important game looms on Friday for the Lady Cats. They will host rival Denison at Bearcat Gymnasium at 7:30 p.m.

But for now the focus is on McKinney North, which Tallant expects to compete along with Sherman, Lovejoy and Wylie East for the top of 13-4A.

The Lady Cats have been idle since Thursday because of the recent ice storm, and didn’t get to play in the McKinney ISD tournament this past weekend on account of the slick roads.

“We haven’t been able to practice, but on the flip side, (North) hasn’t either,” Tallant said. “Our out-of-shape speed is probably quicker than theirs. Maybe we’ll have a chance to sneak up on them.”