Harrison looking to contribute as season winds down
Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Feb. 1, 2005 - For Wildcats senior Zay Harrison, the end of this basketball season will lead straight into the spring tennis schedule.

Harrison is a member of the Wildcats basketball team as well as the tennis team and also was a member of the teen court last year, but is staying with basketball and tennis his senior year.

In 24 games for the Wildcats this season, Harrison has come off the bench in 17 games, scoring in eight of those for coach Steve Glover.

Harrison's best all-around game of the season was five points, three boards, one steal and one assist in limited minutes against Woodrow Wilson, and Harrison said he was expecting more playing time in the back-up role for the Wildcats.

"I was expecting a little bit more playing time this year, but I am OK with what I have received, but I could have gotten more," Harrison said.

The Wildcats are 7-17 overall and 0-5 in district play with a rematch tonight against the Paris Wildcats, who have swept the previous two meetings this season from Sulphur Springs.

The teams meet tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Sulphur Springs, and Harrison hopes he can improve on his 0.8 points per game district average this season starting against Paris.

Sulphur Springs is out of the playoff race this year, but Harrison hopes to make a big impact for the Wildcats during the last half of the season when he is asked to step into a game.

"It has been pretty tough because sometimes when I have come off the bench I have scored a couple of points and I guess I don't have any control over that this year," Harrison said. "I would like to have more rebounds and more points this last half of the season coming off the bench."

Harrison said he plans to attend Tyler Junior College in the fall majoring in dental hygiene and would like to play for the Apache's basketball team.

With 10 players on the SSHS roster, and eight of them being seniors, Harrison said he has tried to help underclassmen Jay Pope and Jeff Kramer in any way that he could during this season.

"The other seniors tell me to try harder and when I do something good they congratulate me, and that has been a real help this year, and when I play good defense they tell me that too.

"All I can say to Jay and Jeff is to keep trying on the court and that's pretty much it this year," Harrison said.

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