|Wildcats lose to Texas High|
|Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer|
Jan. 26, 2005 - TEXARKANA - The Wildcats find themselves in a must-win situation Friday night against the North Lamar Panthers after falling to Texas High on Tuesday.
"North Lamar is totally different than any of the teams that we have played so far this season and if we can get our shots to fall and play with the intensity that we have been playing with, we can get the win on Friday," coach Steve Glover said. "We need some good things to happen, and we need to believe that we can get that win Friday night."
Down by 13 at the half against Texas High (47-34), the Tigers outscored Sulphur Springs 42-17 in the second half for a 90-62 victory at the Tiger Center.
"Texas High is always a long road trip and they always play pretty well in their own gym," Glover said. "They just shot really well last night and ran their offense really well. We fought hard and played hard, but they just outshot us and outran us up and down the floor last night."
SSHS (7-16 overall, 0-4 in District 12-4A) will play four of their final six district games at Wildcat Gymnasium.
"Starting Friday night, we will have four of six district games at home to finish out the season and we would love to be in the playoff hunt, but it is going to be really tough right now because there is a team right now at 4-0 and two teams at 3-1 and one of them will be 4-1, so we are going to be three games out with five to play," the coach said.
Wildcat senior Rolaundo Wright, coming off an injured ankle against Greenville Friday night, picked up his third double-double in district play with a game-high 21 points on nine-of-14 shooting and 11 rebounds, and senior Tremayne Jones pitched in 14 points and five rebounds against Texas High.
"Rolaundo is one of our leaders and the guys look to him on the inside because they know he can score and he is a ferocious rebounder," Glover said. "He is trying to provide that for us every night, and Tremayne has been in double figures for two games now."
Sulphur Springs was behind 25-15 after the first quarter as Texas High's Justin Williams put 10 points at the intermission. He finished with 15 points.
Glover said coming out for the third quarter with the Wildcats down by 13, he felt the team had a good chance to come back, but then on the opening possession T-High's Leon Harris nailed a 3-pointer with a defender in his face for a 50-34 lead.
During the first half of the district season, the Wildcats will have played three of five contests on the road, and Glover said that has been a disadvantage for the team.
"We have played four district games so far and three of them have been on the road," Glover said. "The biggest thing is we need to keep working and we need to get a district win somewhere. We have struggled the last three or four weeks now, and we have have been in a lot of games during that stretch."
Senior guard Ryan Allison was the only other Wildcat in double-figures with 11 points on five-of-nine shooting. He also had five rebounds, five assists and two steals.
Texas High had 18 points from Harris, while Daniel Glover and Ryan Mallett, back for his first game of the year after surgery, scored 11 points apiece, and Steven Tucker pitched in 10 points.