The Wildcats and Lady Cats are settling back into routines following time off for the holidays.
The Lady Cats are opening district play at home as they take on Pine Tree. The junior varsity game is at 5 p.m., varsity to follow at 6:30 p.m., no freshman game is scheduled.
Sulphur Springs is scoring 46.5 points per game. Desi Debase leads the team with a 20.5 average per game. Destiny Wade is scoring 8.5 points per game while Shakoja Debase and Kasey Moore are averaging 6.6 points per outing. Moore tops the team with 162 rebounds while Wade has 151, both are averaging more than seven rebounds a game.
The Lady Cats went 3-2 in their recent action in the Kaufman Tournament. Sulphur Springs hopes to be battle-tested after having played state-ranked teams including Lindale, Winnsboro and Martin’s Mill.
Pine Tree is 8-8 in non-district play, while the Lady Cats are 17-7.
The game will be the first home action in the Sulphur Springs High School gym since renovations to the seating, lighting and court were done.
Sulphur Springs head girls coach Jeff Chapman said the team wants a “Blue Out” and all fans Friday should wear blue in support of the team.
Chapman said, “We’re ready for district and Pine Tree is pretty good. They have everyone back from last year. They run a 2-3 zone on defense, offensively they shoot well from the outside. We will make them take their shots with a hand in their face. We will continue to play our traps and defense forcing turnovers. We get a lot of our points off turnovers.”
The Wildcats will also play Friday as they trek to Tyler for a game against All Saints Episcopal school.
The junior varsity game is set for 5:30 p.m. with the varsity to follow at 7 p.m.
Sulphur Springs is 6-16 for the year under head coach Jeremy Josey. All Saints is 17-8.
“We are missing a few guys due to illness and injury. Hopefully we will have everyone healthy for our district run,” said Jeremy Josey, Wildcats head basketball coach. “All Saints is a good team, they just played in the gold bracket championship at the Wagstaff Tournament.”
The All Saints Trojans are averaging 63.4 points per game, allowing 49 a contest. Top scorer is Aston Francis who pumps in 16.0 a game, he leads the team with 32 3-pointers. Jaired Maddox averages 10.7 points and 5.0 rebounds a game. Luke Lee scores 9.1 points a game, pulling down 6.0 boards; Brice Borgeson averages 8.8 points and 6.0 rebounds an outing.
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