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Wildcats open hoop season with win

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The future is now.
    Sulphur Springs opened the basketball season with a 49-32 win over Wrightwright in Saturday afternoon action at the SSHS gym.

    The Wildcat hoop team knew they would be getting players from the football squad, they did not know it would be coming this season.
    Sulphur Springs got 16 points and 8 boards for Cain Cody and a 12 points from Jaylon Dugan in the win over the Tigers.
    Cody, Dugan, Isaiah Lacy and Javaron Ross were dressed out in basketball attire, less than 24 hours after playing their final football game of the year.
    "Some of the football guys who are going to be a part of the team have been doing extra running. They wanted to play and we need them," said Jeremy Josey, Sulphur Springs head basketball coach. "They will be getting in shape by playing. We expect four or five more to be joining the team soon."
    The Wildcats also caught a break with top Tiger recruit 6-8 forward Mason Riggins missed the game due to injury. Whitewright was reduced to several long range shooters with the Tigers hitting nine 3-pointers.
    Sulphur Springs got points from Johnny Morgan and free throws by Garrett Jones to go up 4-3. Morgan turned a rebound into a put back in the lane for the Wildcats. Lacy came into the game and immediately paid dividends with a driving scoop shot for a bucket. The first period ended with Sulphur Springs up 9-8 over the visiting Tigers.
    Cody, who battling the trenches in football a few hours ago, showed his ability on the hardwood courts. Cody first sank two free throws, then scored on a fast break pass from Lacy to make it a 13-8 lead. Cody, using his 6-3, 210-pounf size inside, turning an offensive rebound into a score in the paint as Sulphur Springs went up 15-8 with 5:51 left in the second frame. Action got kind of scattered with both teams working to get into basketball form. Dugan and Dial-Hall were fouled, but made the most of chances at the line and the Wildcats were up by 10 points, 19-9 late the second period. Whitewright continued to pop 3-pointers with Avery Dodson doing some damage. But Sulphur Springs was pleased to be up 24-12 at the half.
    Sulphur Springs had to battle on both ends of the court, Whitewright drilled five 3-pointers in third period. The Tigers went on a 17-7 scoring run to make it a tighter contest. The third period ended with the Tigers clawing back into content, reducing the Sulphur Springs lead to 34-29.
    The Wildcats showed off their game with several transition buckets to open the final frame. Lacy, a receiver in football, proved he can also distribute the ball. Lacy threw a nice down court pass to Dugan for a bucket. Dugan also canned a 3-pointer during a hot streak. Lacy again found teammate Cody open, this time for a pass in the lane that was converted into a layup to pad the lead to 41-20 with 5:20 remaining. Dylan Bottoms of Whitewright, hit the bottom of the net, swishing a 3-pointer the Tigers. Sulphur Springs tightened up their defense late and won the final of 49-32.
    The Wildcats host Commerce for a rare Monday game at the SSHS gym. The junior varsity game begins at 6:15 p.m. and the varsity at 7:30 p.m. No freshman game with be held.
    "Commerce is about pressing," Josey said. "They press, press, press. But it is good for us to see a team like that. Teams in our district use pressure defenses. We have a game coming up with John Tyler, so we need to get ready for athletic teams."

Scoring box (varsity)
Sulphur Springs 49, Whitewright 32
    Whitewright        8  4 17  3  -32
    Sulphur Springs      9  15 10  15  -49
    Sulphur Springs - Isaiah Lacy 2, Darian Dial-Hall 6, Jaylon Dugan 12, Matthew Malone 1, Johnny Morgan 4, Garrett Jones 4, Javaron Ross 2, Cain Cody 16, Tyler Follis 2.
    Whitewright - Dane Robinson 6, Austin Powell 4, Desmond McNeil 3, Dylan Bottoms 6, Seth Hames 3, Avery Dodson 13.
    Records- Sulphur Springs 1-0, Whitewright 1-1.
    Sulphur Springs 70, Whitewright 36
(Junior varsity)
    Tyrik Cork 14, Mason Buck 3, Tyrese Peters 10, Michael Arnold 5, Zach Haywood 6, Jackson Kinsey 9, Dillon Rogers 3, Willie  Black 3, Heston Golightly 4, Trenton Brock 7, Azar Myles 6.
    Next up - Commerce at Sulphur Springs, Monday, JV, V, 6:15, 7:30 p.m.




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