|Wildcats pull of upset over Paris|
|Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer|
Feb. 2, 2005 - The Sulphur Springs Wildcats got a small measure of revenge over the Paris Wildcats Tuesday night in the final meeting of the season.
Behind a double-double from senior Rolaundo Wright with 20 points and 11 rebounds, Sulphur Springs picked up its first district win, 68-55, and snapped an eight game losing streak to improve to 8-17 and 1-5 in District 12-4A.
"I thought overall the entire team gave a good team effort and they had a good time playing tonight," SSHS head coach Steve Glover said. "I was really proud of all 10 of my guys in the game tonight."
SSHS will return to the court Friday night to end their three-game home-stand against Mount Pleasant, who sits in second place in the district race, with tipoff scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
"What we didn't do well against Mount Pleasant in the first meeting was we gave up two significant runs so we are going to watch the film and figure out what we did wrong in that game. Right now, they are one of the better teams in the district with their record this season," Glover said.
With the loss, Paris remained in third place at 3-3 in district play, and Glover said the win put Paris in a tough position with four games to go.
"We now have put a major kink in Paris' playoff run, and that is what we had talked about since we knew that we can't be in the playoffs we could make an impact on who goes there," Glover said.
In the first quarter, Sulphur Springs went on an 8-0 run behind four points from Jay Pope to extend their lead to 13-7 with 1:35 remaining in the quarter.
Pope started at point guard for the Wildcats and had 11 points on five-of-seven shooting from the field. Glover said Pope gave Sulphur Springs the spark they needed in the first half before getting into foul trouble late in the game.
Paris kept the game close in the second quarter as Jeremy Wortham tied the game at 22-22 with 2:58 remaining on a jumper, before senior Tremayne Jones gave Sulphur Springs the lead with a lay-up on its next possession.
With Wright in foul trouble in the second quarter, Jeff Kramer scored all five of his points in the quarter and with 30 seconds remaining in the half gave the Wildcats a 31-26 lead with a dunk over a Paris player. Kramer also had three rebounds and two assists coming off the bench.
"I told Jeff Monday to be ready because he was going to get a lot of minutes and he needed to produce, and he did a great job stepping in," Glover said. "We played with a lot of heart and desire tonight and got some confidence back starting the second half of the district season."
In the third quarter, Paris grabbed the lead at 33-31 with 6:11 remaining on a jumper by Michael Savage, and Glover immediately called a timeout. The Wildcats responded with a 7-0 run for a 38-33 lead.
"We started the third quarter a little sluggish and they made a push on us and then we turned it around and made a push on them," the coach said.
During the third quarter, Jones scored eight of his 14 points and gave SSHS a 40-34 lead off an assist from Kramer with 2:42 remaining.
Wright gave Sulphur Springs its biggest lead of the game at 16 points on a dunk with 4:40 remaining for a 59-43 advantage.
"In the fourth quarter, we really turned it on and I was really proud of that because we kept them shooting from the outside and not pounding the ball in the paint," Glover said.
Geremy Robinson led the way for Paris with 11 points, two rebounds and three steals before fouling out of the game, and Savage added 10 points, two boards, two steals and three assists in the loss.
SSHS 49, Paris 38
Drew Biggerstaff pumped in a game-high 19 points as the Sulphur Springs Wildcats picked up their first district win of the season.
Teammate Aaron Williams added nine points and Colby Strain scored seven points in the win.
Intisal Agha led Paris with 10 points, while Ridley and Carrell scored nine points each.
Sulphur Springs - Drew Biggerstaff 19, Aaron Williams 9, Colby Strain 7, Damon Nash 6, Ryan Gipson 6, Demarcus Johnson 2 .
Paris - Agha 10, Tyson 4, Easter 4, Ridley 9, Hargis 2, Carrell 9, McGrew 2.
Paris 59, SSHS 36
The Paris Wildcats held an 11-point lead going into the intermission at 34-23, before outscoring Sulphur Springs 25-13 in the second half to pull out the double figure win Tuesday night.
Andrew Panter scored 12 points for the Wildcats.
La-Dretcus Gray led the way for Paris with 18 points, Furtch had 16 points, and Fields scored 15.
Paris 18 16 13 12 -59
Sulphur Springs 12 11 7 6 -36
Sulphur Springs - Andrew Panter 12, Darius Porter 5, Kaylon Page 6, Savion Thomas 2, Joseph . McCann 5, Ethan Dorsey 2, Tyler Wilson 4.
Paris - Gray 18, Furtch 16, Porter 4, Wallace 2, Fields 15, Hall 4.