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Wildcats hand T. High first district loss

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    Sulphur Springs had four players in double figures as they handed Texas

High their first district loss of the year, 61-57 Friday in the SSHS gym.
    The large rollicking crowd, complete with drum line and cheerleaders saw the home team knock the Tigers from the undefeated ranks in 14-4A play as the Wildcats notched their fifth consecutive district win.
    The Wildcats are 5-2 in district with the win while Texas High falls to 6-1.
    "It was a good win, the guys played hard. Texas High is a measuring stick for us," said Jeremy Josey, Sulphur Springs head boys basketball coach. "We did what we had to do. We played solid man-to-man defense."
    Sulphur Springs got 16 points, including four 3-pointers from Jaylon Dugan for top scoring honors. Darian Dial-Hall had 15 and two trifectas, point guard Isaiah Lacy added 15 points, one 3-pointer. Forward Cain Cody had a double-double with 12 points, 14 rebounds.
    The only player in double figures for Texas High was Jamal Ray with 17. Ray scored 10 of his points in the second half.
    "We traded buckets for a while. But we kept getting shots. Cody battled on the board, we had several players do a good job," Josey said. "No. 4 (Ray) was a beast for them. But we played pretty good defense on them. The reason we won this game and lost the earlier one was our defense. We took care of the ball better against the Texas High press. We are playing with confidence."
    The game was close throughout with neither team able to get a lead larger than six points.
    The contest started off with a bang for Sulphur Springs as Dugan popped the net on a triple just nine seconds into the contest. Sulphur Springs was up 3-0 and the show had begun. Texas High got a Jarion Anderson bucket off a steal to make it 3-2. Lacy hit two free throws, but Texas High came back to tie the contest at 5-all with 5:09 left in the first frame. Dial-Hall scored on a nice dribble penetration move to the rack. Damian Willis canned a 3-pointer for Texas High, but Sulphur Springs answered with a long range shot from Dial-Hall for the left wing. Sulphur Springs continued to get good shots as Cody kept supplying teammates with the ball from a strong rebounding effort. Lacy scored after he worked deep into the lane. Dial-Hall connected on another quick drive and then canned a late 3-pointer off the window. The first period ended with Sulphur Springs up 17-11, Cody had already pulled down six rebounds for the Wildcats.
    In the second quarter, the visitors were able to cut into the lead as they outscored the Wildcats 21-16. Darian Kidd  and Willis both had 3-pointers during the span with Jaylen Rhone as picking the Tigers up with six points in the frame. Sulphur Springs responded with Dugan and Cody connecting on free throws. Cody scored six points in the paint. Dugan added another 3-pointer. The first half ended with Cody of Sulphur Springs  and Keilon Bunn of Texas High trading buckets. Intermission came with the hometown Cats clinging to a one point lead, 33-32.
    The third quarter was more of the same and almost a dead heat. Cody and Lacy made good on charity shots and Dugan canned an open 3-pointer. Success Blevins popped a 3-pointer and a regular field goal to keep Texas High close. The Wildcat led went to 47-41 when Lacy pulled up and swished a 3-pointer with 3:32 to go in the third. Texas High got two free throws and driving bucket from Ray. The Wildcats had a 47-45 lead as action shifted to the final quarter.
    The Wildcats closed out the game with a 14-12 run, but it certainly wasn't easy. Texas High continued to press as they had the whole game and also went to a trap on the ball forcing Sulphur Springs to work hard on every possession.
    Blevins scored the first bucket of the final period and the game was tied at 47-all  with 6:57 to play. Dugan gave the home team a little breathing room with his fourth 3-pointer of the contest to make it a 50-47 lead.  Dial-Hall added throw free throws, but Texas High got free throws from Ray and Bunn to tie the game at 52-all. In one 90 second span, the Wildcats twice beat the Tigers down the court and made them pay with Cody scoring transition buckets. With 2:36 left in the final quarter, the Wildcats were up 58-52. Sulphur Springs started to take some time off the clock, but were careful to protect the ball against the quick Tiger team. Ray scored three points late, but the Wildcats were able to pull down key rebounds of Texas High misses to preserve the 61-57 victory in the hard-fought district game.
    "This was one game and a big win. But we can't take anybody for granted. We have Hallsville next and that will be a tough game over in their place," Josey added. “It’s a tough atmosphere.”

Sulphur Springs 61, Texas High 57 (varsity)
    Texas High     11  21  13  12  -57
    Sulphur Springs  17  16  14  14  -61
    Sulphur Springs - Isaiah Lacy 15, Darian Dial-Hall 15, Jaylon Dugan 16, Javaron Ross 3, Cain Cody 12.
    Texas High - Damian Willis 6, Jaylon Rhone 8, Jamal Ray 17, Darian Kidd 7, Javarion Anderson 2, Malik Gailes 2, Success Blevins 9, Keilon Bunn 6
    Texas High 68, Sulphur Spring 38 (JV)
    Ale Rosales 4,  Mason Buck 2, Zach Haywood 4, Derrick Weeks 22, Zaccheus Petty 3, Tyler Follis 3.
    Texas High 83, Sulphur Springs 57 (9th)
    Sulphur Springs - Willie Black 4, Tyrese Peters 8, Michael Arnold 4, Jackson Kinsey 19, Heston Golightly 12, Azar Myles 8.
    Next up  - Tuesday at Hallsville, 9, JV, V, first game 5 p.m.




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