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Cats lose district finale; playoffs await

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MARSHALL — The Sulphur Springs Wildcats had their seven-game district win streak snapped here Wednesday, falling 77-54 to the hometown Mavericks.
    Javaron Ross got 12 points for top scoring honors for Sulphur Springs.

    Tiandre Jackson-Young and Curtis Kador had 15 points each. Kador was the top outside threat, connecting of 5 of 7 from three-point territory. Shimar Jones added 10 points.
    The Wildcats fell to 16-12 overall, 7-3 in district. Marshall is 27-7 for the season, 6-4 in district.
    Sulphur Springs had a great start in the final regular season 14-4A basketball game of the year. The Wildcats bolted from the blocks, hitting shots at a rapid pace to build a 28-14 lead.
    The Mavs regrouped and went on a scoring run on their own. Sulphur Springs was outscored 31-6 in the second period, falling behind for the remainder of the hard-fought game
    “We played well early, but Marshall starting having success against us. We did not adjust well. We stopped playing good defense,” said Jeremy Josey, Sulphur Springs head boys basketball coach. “We fell behind by 20 at one point, we cut it to 10 points.”
    Josey said, “Marshall was able to get some calls. They shot 24 free throws on the night and we had four. We need not prepared for some of the changes they made. But we’re okay, a game like this might help us get ready for the playoffs.”
    The loss for the Wildcats was the the first for the team since Jan. 14 in Texarkana against Texas High.
    Sulphur Springs advances to the playoffs for the first time since the 2008-09 season.
    Texas High won the district title with the Wildcats in second place.
    Marshall finished in a third place tie with Mount Pleasant. A coin flip will decide playing order. The third place team will play Lovejoy and loser with meet District 13-4A champion McKinney Boyd.
    Sulphur Springs will take on Wylie High School in the postseason opener.
The Wildcats start the playoffs Tuesday vs. Wylie at 7:30 p.m. at Rockwall Heath, Sulphur Springs is the home team. Admission is $5 adults, $4 students.
    The Wildcats are working on a scouting report on Wylie.
    “We know they are big and athletic,” Josey said. “They can really get up and down the floor well.”
    Josey added, “We are excited about being in the playoffs and look forward to it.”
Marshall 77, Sulphur Springs 54
Sulphur Springs  28  6  14  6  -54
Marshall        14  31  20  12  -77
Sulphur Springs - Isaiah Lacy 7, Darian Dial-Hall 7, Jaylon Dugan 6, DeAndre Wright 6, Larry Pryor 8, Javaron Ross 12, Ross Cody 8.

Next up - Sulphur Springs vs. Wylie, bi-district Class 4A playoffs. Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. Rockwall-Heath High School Gym.




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