|Cavalry helps Cats defend home court|
|Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor|
Nov. 24, 2004 - With the cavalry finally having arrived, the Sulphur Springs Wildcats were able to defend their home court Tuesday night.
After losing their first two games of the season with just six players, SSHS head basketball coach Steve Glover welcomed four new additions fresh off the gridiron as the Wildcats beat Quinlan Ford, 59-47.
Glover got contributions from everyone who suited up, and 6-4 center Rolaundo Wright will join the team after Thanksgiving as he recovers from minor injuries suffered during the Wildcats' 12-game football season.
Senior guard Jon Gammill led the Cats with 14 points and was one of four players in double figures, joined by Ryan Allison with 13, Jay Pope with 12 and Tremayne Jones with 10.
The Wildcats took the lead for good, 32-31, with 40 seconds remaining in the first half on a 3-pointer by Pope and never trailed after that.
Pope, Allison, Gammill and Jones each hit a pair of 3-pointers. The Cats went 8-of-21 from beyond the arc, compared to 0-of-5 for Ford. That more than made up for the 15-5 advantage Quinlan had in free throws.
Ford took a 19-12 lead early in the second quarter, as they were able to 15 first-half turnovers by the Wildcats, which led to several fast break buckets. But, Sulphur Springs went on a 14-2 run midway through the second period to take a 26-22 lead. The run was started by Jones' driving bucket, followed by a 3-pointer from Allison, back-to-back putbacks by Pope and Derek Dickson, another trey from Allison and a pair of free throws from Gammill.
Ford used the foul line to go up, 31-29, but Pope's trey gave SSHS the one-point halftime lead.
The Wildcats increased their advantage to 48-38 by the end of the third period as Allison scored the team's first five points, including a nifty baseline feed from Gammill. Gammill, meanwhile, scored seven of his points in the quarter.
Tallan Askew recorded two steals and two assists in the period and was instrumental in a six-point run the Cats made in a span of 90 seconds.
Ford's deficit reached 12 points, but the Panthers cut it to six on three straight buckets from Kris Hokerk, who with 10 points was one of three Panthers to score in double figures. Brad Jennings had a team-high 12 points.
Pope, though, stopped the Ford run with a fast break bucket off a midcourt steal to put the Wildcats up, 52-44, with 5:22 to play.
The Wildcats out-rebounded Ford, 38-28, with Jones and Dickson both grabbing seven boards and 6-8 junior Jeff Kramer coming down with six.
SSHS also came up with 18 steals (Allison had a game-high six, while Pope, Gammill and Askew had three each), and Askew led the team in assists with three.
The Wildcats will take the holiday off before hosting Terrell next Tuesday.
SSHS JV 40, Quinlan Ford 29
The Wildcat junior varsity improved to 2-1 as they outscored the Panthers 12-4 in the final period to seal the win.
Aaron Williams led SSHS with 12 points, while Chris Kerr had 10 and Colby Strain eight. Drew Biggerstaff added five points, Ryan Gibson three and Ledarius Harrison two.
In their 70-64 win over Prairiland on Saturday, Kerr bucketed 29 points and Williams had 19, while Harrison added six, Strain seven, Kyle Taylor four, Ivan Beard two and Cameron Cash two points.
Ford Freshmen 37, SSHS 29
Andrew Panter scored 14 points for the SSHS freshmen, but the Cats' record fell to 0-2.
DeKarryon Harrison and James Lambert each bucketed four points, Joseph McCann added a 3-pointer, while Kaylon Page and Dalton Abner scored one point each.