|SSHS Senior Night ends prematurely: Texas High wins after fan disturbance halts game|
|Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer|
Feb. 12, 2005 -Senior Night did not go the way the Sulphur Springs Wildcats would have liked Friday night.
With 6:22 remaining in the fourth quarter, the game was called due to a fan disturbance that lasted for about five minutes with Texas High up, 63-43.
The Wildcats are now 6-20 overall and 1-8 in district play with one game remaining at North Lamar Tuesday night. Tipoff for the game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Texas High, under coach Jim McManus, is 16-12, 5-4 with a key match-up against Mount Pleasant Tuesday night in the regular season finale.
After a 28-point loss (90-62) earlier in the season at the Tigers Den, Sulphur Springs opened up the first quarter determined to keep the game within striking distance behind strong play from senior Rolaundo Wright.
Wright got the game to within a bucket at 9-7 nailing a pair of free throws with 2:07 remaining, but that would be the closest they would get for the rest of the night.
Wright recorded another double-double in the shortened game with 18 points on six-of-14 shooting and 10 rebounds to go along with two steals and one assist.
Texas High controlled the second quarter of play outscoring SSHS 25-15 and took their biggest lead of the first half with 25 seconds remaining when Steven Tucker scored on a lay-up for the 39-23 halftime advantage. Tucker finished with a team-high 13 points for the Tigers.
In the third quarter of play, both teams scored 18 points each, but Texas High held on to their 16 point lead at 57-41.
Wright scored nine of the Wildcats' 18 points in the third quarter and got them to within 48-30 on a offensive putback with 4:16 remaining.
Senior Ryan Allison scored 13 points in his final game, shooting five-of-nine from the field, with three rebounds, one steal and one assist.
Eight seniors played their final game at Wildcat Gymnasium in Keelan Green, Allison, Tremayne Jones, Derek Dickson, Keenan Clayton, Wright, Jon Gammill and Zay Harrison.
Chase Hildreth was the only other double-figure scorer for Texas High with 12 points coming off the bench.
Texas High 54, Sulphur Springs 42
The Texas High Tigers led going into every quarter in the final home game of the year for the Wildcats Friday night.
Drew Biggerstaff led the way for Sulphur Springs with 15 points and Aaron Williams with 10 points in the loss.
Texas High had a game-high 21 points from Owens as their only double-figure scorer of the game.
Texas High 12 12 9 22 -54
Sulphur Springs 11 7 7 17 -42
Texas High - Fowler 6, Coker 4, Owens 21, Strong 4, Farris 2, Grissom 6, Hilborn 2, Brown 7, Murphy 3.
Sulphur Springs - Aaron Williams 10, Drew Biggerstaff 15, Ledarius Harrison 4, Ricky Willis 2, Damon Nash 7, Colby Strain 4.
Texas High 53, SSSHS 37
A 17-13 third quarter push was not enough for the Sulphur Springs Wildcats in their final home game.
Evans led the Wildcats with nine points and Andrew Panther chipped in eight points, while teammates Dalton Abner and Darius Porter pitched in seven points.
Texas High was led by Jackson with 16 points and Bock with 15 points in the win.
Texas High 13 15 13 12 -53
Sulphur Springs 8 4 17 8 -37
Texas High - Stuckey 5, Bock 15, Lane 4, Greenwood 3, Brown 3, Cornelius 2, Jackson 16, Manning 1, Cardwell 2, Fueust 2.
Sulphur Springs - Dalton Abner 7, Darius Porter 7, Dequalin Evans 9, Kaylon Page 1, Tyler Wilson 4, Andrew Panter 8, Adarious Gordon 1