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Wildcats drop district debut, 60-44

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Inconsistency. It will get you most nights in basketball.

    Sulphur Springs bolted to a quick lead, but faded late to lose their district opener 60-44 at home against Mount Pleasant.
    The Wildcats came out like a blaze bolting to a 21-15 lead. But for the rest of the game, they did not have much sizzle left and fell victim to a steady attack for the ball-hawking Tigers.
    Mount Pleasant plotted along, scoring at least 12 points in each period. The Wildcats were held to four points in the second frame, scoring just nine in the third period and closed out with 10 points in the final frame.
    Darian Dial-Hall was high point with 16 and three 3-pointers for the Wildcats. Jaylon Dugan scored 14, 13 coming in the first half as he hit four 3-pointers in the first three minutes of the game during a feverish display.
    D'andra Fields had 20 points to pace the Tigers. Andrew Flanagan added 15 and K.D. Cannon scored 14.
    In the first period, the large home crowd saw a clinic on shooting 3-pointers by Dugan.
    Dugan swished the net less than 10 seconds into the game and the Wildcats had a 3-0 lead. Flanagan made a pair of free throws for Mount Pleasant to make it a 3-2 game. Dugan again was left alone and tickled the twine with his second 3-pointer with 6:23 left in the first period. Lacy added a short range bucket. The Wildcats got the ball back and again and threw it to man with the hot hand, Dugan. Dugan did not disappoint, connecting for his third 3-pointer of the opening period with 5:43 left as the Sulphur Springs lead went to 11-2. The Tigers were able to get free throws from Fields and Cannon to reduce the margin to 11-5. But Dugan was at it again, this time connecting on a 3-pointer from the corner to give the Wildcats a 14-5 lead. Fields answered for the Tigers with a 3-pointer of his own to slice the Sulphur Springs lead to 14-8 with 4:45 left on the clock for the first period. Lacy then showed off his talents at the point guard position, dishing off to Cain Cody for two point on a transition bucket. Mount Pleasant called a time out trailing 16-8 halfway through the first frame. Flanagan and Deandre Davis found their shooting touch as the Tigers got on a roll. The Wildcats were up 19-13 but Lacy found Javaron Ross open for a key shot in the paint. The first period ended with Sulphur Springs up 21-15.
    Fields scored five points in rapid order to start the second period. First the Tiger guard converted a free throw after getting hacked while scoring. Then Fields sank two more free throws. Soon the Wildcats lead had disappeared as the 6-0 scoring run by Mount Pleasant tied the game at 21-all. The Wildcats still could not find their shooting touch and several players picked up fouls forcing Sulphur Springs to use reserves. The Tigers went on an 11-2 scoring un in the final four minutes of the second period. At the half the visitors had the momentum and a 34-25 lead. The Wildcats managed just four points in the icy cold second frame.
    In the third period, Field hit two of three free throws after he was fouled shooting a 3-pointer. Javaron Ross popped a 3-pointer. But Fields added two more free throws as Mount Pleasant padded the lead to 10 points, 38-28. Hall and Lacy each added 3-pointers, but it was not enough. The Wildcats were on the short end of a 48-34 score with action shifting to the final period.
    Mount Pleasant started to spread the court and run the clock as they extended their lead to 15 points, 50-35 with 7:01 left. Hall scored on a slick in-bounds pass from Lacy. Hall added two late 3-pointers, but Mount Pleasant had a big enough lead to win by the 60-44 final.
    "We played hard, but not very smart. I think we were a little wide-eyed by the big crowd," said Jeremy Josey, Sulphur Springs head boys basketball coach. "I hope the fans come back again when we can play better. This group wants to be successful. We are not as consistent as we should be. I thought Mount Pleasant did a good job, they are improved from last year. They are a very athletic team and they outplayed us."
    Josey said the Mount Pleasant also won the rebounding war and made more free throws.
    Sulphur Springs sank 7 of 11  free throws. Mount Pleasant made 21 of 33.
    "We can't let teams like Mount Pleasant drive or us or get to the free throw line," Josey said. "Then we got people in foul trouble and it changed what we had to do. I thought Darian Dial-Hall did well in his work at point guard.
    The Wildcats (9-10, 0-1) play at Texarkana Tuesday against Texas High. The Tigers beat Pine Tree Friday, 74-43.

    Mount Pleasant 60, Sulphur Springs 44
    Sulphur Springs    21  4  9  10  -44
    Mount Pleasant    15  19  14  12  -60
Sulphur Springs - Isaiah Lacy 6, Darian Dial-Hall 16, Jaylon Dugan 14, Javaron Ross 6,  Cain Cody 2.
    Mount Pleasant- Deandre Davis 6, Cavanaugh Veasley 5, K.D. Cannon 14, D'Andrea Fields 20, Andrew Flanagan 15.
Technical foul - Lacy, Cannon.
    Mount Pleasant 66, Sulphur Springs 23 (JV)
    Zach Haywood 2, Keylon Hall 7, Matt Malone 9, Derrick Weeks 4, Tyler Follis 3.
    Sulphur Springs 49, Mount Pleasant 36 (9th)
NEXT UP - Sulphur Springs at Texas High, Tuesday, 9, JV, V, 5, 6, 7:30 p.m.  




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