Sulphur Springs loses to Commerce in final game of tournament
From Staff Reports

Dec. 5, 2005 - QUINLAN - The Sulphur Springs Wildcats lost all three of their games at the Quinlan Ford tournament, but played one of their best games against Commerce Saturday morning.

The Wildcats lost 59-49 to the Tigers, but held a 26-24 lead at the half, and coach Jeff Carroll said the third quarter was the deciding factor.

"We came out playing pretty hard and went through a stretch where we took a solid lead, but in the third quarter we just had a defensive lapse," the coach said.

The Wildcats (1-6) return to the court tomorrow night against Commerce at Wildcat Gym, and Carroll said adjustments will be made today to get ready for that game. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

"I actually saw them play twice this weekend and then we played them, and so I have a pretty good idea how I want to play them tomorrow," Carroll said. "We are going to make some adjustments from the game on Saturday. Their starting point guard actually was not playing Saturday and we are going to have to make adjustments to make do for that."

Seniors Sam Pettit and Jay Pope were the only double-figure scorers in the game for the Wildcats with 14 and 13 points, respectively, as Pope had seven of his points in the first quarter.

"They both scored well at times and we all need to pick up that part of our game right now," the coach said. "I didn't feel like we shot as poorly as we did in our previous two games, but I think it was more of a stretch like we didn't defend like we need to and they got up on us and we had a hard time fighting through it."

For the third straight game, junior Drew Biggerstaff did not play for the Wildcats due to injury, and Carroll hopes he can get back in the lineup in the coming weeks.

"Drew has a nagging muscle strain that he is trying to fight through and he is just a huge part of what we do," he said. "I have been trying to hold him out as much as I can and trying to get him through it. The sooner he gets out their the better we will be."

Anthony Henry led Commerce with 16 points, while Dean pitched in 13 points in the win.

The Wildcats return to tournament action at 10 a.m. Thursday against Princeton in Wills Point, and Carroll said defending the perimeter will be a concern.

"Princeton shoots the ball very, very well and they have several kids who can shoot the three and they like to play very up tempo," he said. "Defensively, they do a lot of different things and so we need to be prepared for being able to see different things and defend their shooters."

Carroll said he sees the winner of the Wills Point Kiwanis Classic coming from the upper half of the bracket.

"The bracket is wide open and actually I think the winner will come from our half of the bracket with ourselves, Forney, Greenville and Stephenville, and if we play well we will definitely have a chance at it," Carroll said.



SSHS - Day Day Porter 2, Aaron Williams 7, Jay Pope 13, Josh Danzer 2, Chris Young 9, Sam Pettit 14, Jeff Kramer 2.

Commerce - Dean 13, Dizer 12, Luckey 6, Longoria 2, Dowdy 8, Anthony Henry 16, Hemphill 2.

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