The Sulphur Springs Wildcats and Lady Cats will both be in basketball action today.
The Wildcats will be at home facing Princeton, the Panthers are 8-3 and ranked No. 7 in the Class 3A ranking according to the Texas Association of Basketball coaches.
Sulphur Springs will host the Panthers at the SSMS gym with the freshmen game beginning at 5 p.m. followed by the junior varsity at 6:15 and varsity at 7:30 p.m.
The Wildcats are coming off play in the Wills Point Shootout where they won over Kaufman, but had losses against TCA, Athens and Terrell.
“We play Princeton and they are ranked in Top 10 in 3A and are coming off winning their own tournament. It will be quite a challenge for us to respond to. However, we now know what we can do,” said Jeremy Josey, Sulphur Springs head boys basketball coach.
Princeton is averaging 64.8 points per game. Top players include: Marquis Thomas with an 18.6 point per game average, he has 9 shots from 3-point-land. Jonas Honea leads the team with 10 long distance buckets, he is averaging 12.3 points a game. David McKinzie is averaging 11.6 points and 6.0 rebounds per outing. Jakari Dilliard averages 6.8 points and 5.8 rebounds a game. Fayola Oyatayo, a 6-4 senior, averages 7.3 points and 5.7 rebounds per outing.
The Lady Cats will be on the road, venturing over to Miller Grove for a game tonight. Three games are slated at the high school gym, the freshmen begin play at 4:30 p.m. followed by the junior varsity and varsity.
Sulphur Springs is 11-4 coming off a fifth place finish in the Edgewood Tournament. Miller Grove is 4-10 for the year under head coach Corey Jenkins.
Top players for the Lady Hornets include: Alma DelCastillo, who is averaging 8.2 points a game, she also has 31 steals to lead the team. Shelbi Potts had 7.0 points and 6.8 rebounds a contest. Bailey Penny is scoring 5.5 points a game. Kelsey Steele has 27 steals for the team.
For Sulphur Springs, the Lady Cats are averaging 50.7 points a game, allowing 42.6. All four losses by Sulphur Springs have come to teams ranked in the Top 20 in the state poll.
Desi Debase is averaging 20.3 points and 6.0 steals a game. Top rebounder is Kasey Moore with 113, an average of 8.1 per game, she is scoring 7.1 points a game. Destiny Wade is scoring 8.3 points a game, pulling down 7.4 boards a contest. Shakoja Debase is scoring 7.9 points per game.
“We are playing pretty well right now,” said Jeff Chapman, Sulphur Springs head girls basketball coach. “We had a good win over Hallsville. We also had some games against tough competition like Winnsboro. We want to keep working hard and making improvements.”
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