|Wildcats face three-day break after loss to Sherman|
|Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer|
Dec. 13, 2005 - SHERMAN - For Sulphur Springs head coach Jeff Carroll, the three-day break from game action could not have come at a better time after a 77-58 loss to the Sherman Bearcats Monday night.
"I have really been looking forward to this time because we haven't had a three-day set of practice in what seems like forever," the coach said. "There are so many things that we have to work on that we haven't gotten to work on, and I am really looking forward to preparing for Friday."
The Wildcats (3-10) will return to the court Friday night at Van looking for their fourth win of the season. Tipoff for the pre-district contest is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Sherman opened up the first quarter with a 33-3 lead as senior guard Spencer Oestreich scored 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting in the quarter.
Carroll said the team needs to work on starting out better in every game the remainder of the season.
"We didn't open up the way that we need to and we can't continue to do that," he said. "It is something that we are going to have to address, and we can not open up games like that and expect to have success through district."
In the second quarter, junior Chris Young scored 11 of his game-high 22 points as the Wildcats outscored Sherman 18-14 and were down 47-21 at the intermission.
The Wildcats found a way in the second half to outscore Sherman 37-30, but were never able to get the deficit below 20 points.
Senior Sam Pettit scored seven points in the fourth quarter and with 2:23 remaining got his second assist as Drew Biggerstaff nailed a 3-pointer for a 75-52 deficit. Pettit finished the game with 10 points, five boards, one steal and two assists.
The Bearcats had four players in double-figures led by Oestreich with 17 points, four rebounds, six steals and four assists, Marcus Shannon with 13 points, four rebounds, one steal, one assist and one block, and Eric Kennedy and Jeff Ellis with 10 points each.
Carroll said Sherman was a very sound basketball team and committing 30 turnovers gave the Bearcats many scoring opportunities.
"They shot the ball real well and they have a lot of different guys that can score and they have beaten some pretty good teams this year," he said. "They play amazing defense and if we can defend like they defend, we would have some easy looks on the offensive end."
Sulphur Springs shot 18-of-56 from the field (32.1 percent), while Sherman shot 30-of-71 (42.3 percent). The Wildcats committed 17 more turnovers (30-13), had 10 fewer steals (17-7) and eight fewer assists (15-7).
"I don't necessarily know if it was something that we didn't do in the game or something that they did do," the coach said. "They do play unbelievably good defense and we just have to value the basketball more on every possession."
Sherman 72, SSHS 56
SHERMAN - Freshman Colten Nash scored a game-high 23 points for the Wildcats in their loss Monday night.
Sulphur Springs was down 37-31 to Sherman at halftime and were outscored 35-25 in the second half.
Teammate Andrew Panter had eight points and LaDarius Brown pitched in seven points for Sulphur Springs.
Sherman was led by Phelps with 20 points, Claud with 15 points and Millerick with 12 points.
Sulphur Springs - Tyrick Rollison 6, DeQualin Evans 4, Demarcus Johnson 4, LaDarius Brown 7, Andrew Panter 8, Rashad Hall 4, Colten Nash 23.
Sherman - Adlof 2, Edwards 2, Escobar 2, Millerick 12, Phelps 20, Claud 15, Ballard 5, Bowden 2, Egulefo 3, Banner 9.
Sherman 77, SSHS 43
SHERMAN - Jace Jackson and Teren Wright were the only double-figure scorers for the Wildcats with 12 and 11 points, respectively.
Sherman held a 42-27 lead at the intermission and outscored Sulphur Springs 35-16 in the second half.
The Bearcats were led by Adams with 18 points, Dick with 14 and Mask and Eleby with 11 points each.
Sulphur Springs - Jonathan Lee 6, Jace Jackson 12, Teren Wright 11, Colton Jones 3, Johnny McSheffrey 3, Ross Hicks 2, Stephen Kramer 6.
Sherman - Little 2, Eleby 11, Adams 18, Mask 11, Dick 14, Hamm 4, Thompson 2, Giger 2, Wienck 4, Blalock 9.