Mason Terry had 12 points and teammate Court Brown had nine points and nine rebounds to lead Lindale to a 52-28 win here Tuesday over the Wildcats in the basketball opener.
Sulphur Springs, playing their first game of the boys non-district season, had trouble scoring as they we held below double figures in each quarter by the visiting Eagles. Reid Burns had 12 points and Connor Cooper added 10 for the Wildcats.
Lindale had nine different players score at least one bucket as the jumped ahead 17-8 after one period and never looked back.
It was the first game for new Sulphur Springs head boys basketball coach Jeremy Josey. The Wildcats fell to 0-1 with the loss.
“We played well in spurts, never really allowed the game to get out of reach until the fourth quarter. We played hard and with intensity,” coach Josey said of the team’s opener.
Darrin Dial of Sulphur Springs got the first bucket of the game as the Wildcats took an early 2-0. Dakota Heinamann got the initial bucket for Lindale as the game was tied at 2-all. Mel Persons hit a free for the Wildcats as they edged ahead 3-2 with five minutes left in the first period. Lindale answered with a 3-pointer from Brown and bucket in the low post from Terry. The Lindale squad was up 7-3, they also took advantage of some miscues by the Wildcats including a turnover and a walk.
Reid Burns brought the Wildcats back within striking distance with a 3-point bucket from the top of the circle to make it a 7-6 game with 2:31 left in the opening frame. Jacob Cabo connected for a baseline jumper for Lindale. But the Wildcats matched the shot as Cooper hit a nice fadeaway jumper. Lindale got 3-pointers from Brown and Ryan Dudley as the first period ended with Sulphur Springs trailing 17-8.
The second quarter was almost even as the teams continued to work for position and see which shots would work against the opponent. Sulphur Springs started dialing long distance as Austin Buck and Burns both smoked the net with 3-pointers. The Wildcats were just down 19-14 with 5:37 left before intermission. Lindale started asserting themselves on the boards with Brown and Connor Lind getting several defensive rebounds. Lindale scored four of the final five points of the first half and the second period ended with the visitors up by a 10-point margin, 27-17.
Neither team came out hot in the third period, as the squads combined for nine points during the entire period. The fourth quarter started with Lindale holding a 33-20 lead.
Sulphur Springs was able to score at times as Cooper and Burns connected on 3-pointers. But Lindale had more success from the half court offense and with their depth were able to put together a 19-8 run in the final period. Sulphur Springs fell by the final of 52-28 in the season opener for both teams.
Coach Josey said, “We settled for too many threes vs. the Lindale matchup zone - we were not aggressive enough attack the rim. We were patient for most of the night - we took quality shots just didn't finish them. We threw up some single digit quarters and you are not going to win very many games doing that.”
The coach added, “Defensively - we struggled with our transition, We also gave up too many easy layups, but for the most part our defense was the only thing that kept us in it until the fourth. We had to press a little more to - allowed that 13-point deficit to balloon to 24 points.”
Josey said, “ I am excited about the opportunity, but I also discussed this just one of many steps on our journey as a program. Each step is no bigger than first. The main thing is with each step we have to keep moving forward and improving.”
The Wildcats play Saturday at Whitewright with the JV at 11 a.m. and varsity at 12;30 p.m.
The next home game is Nov. 19 against Tyler Grace.
Lindale 52, Sulphur Springs 28 (varsity)
Lindale 17 10 6 19 - 52
Sulphur Springs 8 9 3 8 - 28
Sulphur Springs - Reid Burns 12, Connor Cooper 10, Austin Buck 3, Darrian Dial 2, Mel Person 1.
Lindale - Dakota Heinamann 2, Brian Boaz 4, Court Brown 9, Mason Terry 12, Kolton Pierce 2, Garrett Saint Louis 4, Ryan Dudley 7, Detrick Fry 6, Zach Huseth 6.
Lindale 39, Sulphur Springs 29 (JV)
Sulphur Springs - C. Hodgins 5, D. Lacy 5, K. Hall 2, Dante Askew 1, Derrick Weeks 2, Cain Cody 12, Jones 2.
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