HALLSVILLE — The Sulphur Springs Wildcats fell behind early and could not recover, losing 66-46 here Friday to the Bobcats.
The Wildcats got 13 points from Isaiah Lacy for top scoring honors. Eight other players scored at least one bucket.
Nolan Faires had 19 points and Cody Blankenship added 12 to pace the Hallsville attack.
Sulphur Springs dropped to 6-20, 0-3. Hallsville is now 9-14, 1-2.
"We were just overwhelmed from the start," admitted Jeremy Josey, Sulphur Springs head boys basketball coach. "We fell behind and Hallsville had a big, loud crowd. It was a loud atmosphere and we did not play well. We had a horrible game. We were down by nine at the half and it got worse after than. We had shots, we just could not cash in on the open shots."
The win was the first of the year in district play for the Bobcats.
Josey said, "Hallsville is a better team than some people might think. They made their shots, they had a veteran group. We battled and played hard to the end. Hallsville was just better then wanted to win the game."
The Bobcats scored many of their points off fast break layups or steals off presses.
"I still saw some positives in the game. We took some charges, we did good things. We just have to play with more of a sense of urgency," Josey said. "We are 0-3, but we can bounce back from this. We need to continue to improve. We need more points and to improve our scoring. It's a process, we are working on in practice. We just need more energy and we will be all right."
The Wildcats return home Tuesday and will host Pine Tree at the high school gym.
Pine Tree (8-18, 1-2) lost Friday to Marshall by a 66-44 score.
In that game, Marshall got 12 points from T.J. Maxfield.
Pine Tree was paced by Garren Jernigan who scored 14 points and pulled down six boards. Jay McKnight added 12 points and 6 steals while freshman Tiandre Jackson contributed 11 points, 7 boards.
“Pine Tree is good, we will have to be ready for them,” Josey added.
Hallsville 66, Sulphur Springs 46
Sulphur Springs 11 9 10 16 -46
Hallsville 17 12 7 20 -66
Sulphur Springs - Andra Smith 8, Isaiah Lacy 13, Derick Ingram 3, Reid Burns 5, Connor Cooper 6, J. Ross 4, Austin Buck 3, Darian Dial 2, Cain Cody 2.
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