|Wildcats fall to 0-5 in district play|
|Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer|
Jan. 29, 2005 - After the first five games of the district season, SSHS head coach Steve Glover's Wildcats are sitting at the bottom of 12-4A with an 0-5 record.
With North Lamar leading 42-36 with 4:02 remaining in the game, the Panthers (11-16, 1-4) went on an 8-0 run to extend their lead to 50-36 and walked out of Wildcat Gymnasium with a a 54-42 win Friday night.
"We came out a little flat and it surprised me since it was an important game and we were on home court," Glover said. "We started to pick it up in the second quarter when we had a lot of shot opportunities that didn't fall and we have free throws opportunities that weren't converted."
Sulphur Springs (7-17 overall) will look to bounce back and pick up their first district win with a rematch against the Paris Wildcats Tuesday at Wildcat Gym. Tipoff for the game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
In their first district meeting, Paris won 56-47 in Paris behind an 8-0 late in that game that sealed the deal for the Lamar County Wildcats as they have won two games over Sulphur Springs this year.
"We are going to study the video and see what we need to work on especially with the run that cost us the ball game," Glover said. "We need to believe going into the game that we are going to win the game and work on a game plan to make that happen."
At 0-5 in district play, the Wildcats are in last place in the district, but Glover believes they are not the worst team this season.
"We want to make an impact in the district somewhere and we still have three home games but this one was tough game tonight, " Glover said. "We are at the bottom of the district and we are not the worst team in the district even though the record shows it right now."
In the second quarter, Sulphur Springs started to get into a rhythm and went on a 8-0 run of their own to cut the deficit to four at 25-21 going into the locker room.
During the run, senior Ryan Allison scored four of his team-high 12 points on five-of-14 shooting.
Richard Ford gave North Lamar a 27-23 lead in the third quarter with a hook shot over Rolaundo Wright with 6:30 remaining before the Wildcats went on a run and took their first and only lead of the game at 28-27 on a 3-pointer from senior Keenan Clayton with 4:45 remaining.
With players in foul trouble throughout the game, Tremayne Jones picked up a near double-double with 10 points, nine rebounds and three steals.
"Tremayne did a great job of really attacking inside tonight and trying to pick up the slack," Glover said. "He has played some really good hard games the past four or five games and everybody played hard."
Clayton scored 10 points for the Wildcats in his best game of the season and also grabbed seven rebounds, one assist and one steal in the loss.
Kenton Beal scored a game-high 14 points for the Panthers, and had two boards, one steal and three assists. Teammate Brandon Kennemer had 10 points on four-of-five shooting, four rebounds and two steals.
North Lamar 44, SSHS 43
The Wildcats junior varsity team stormed back in the fourth quarter but it was too little, too late.
Josh Jordan had a game-high 16 points and teammate Justin Murders pitched in nine points for the Panthers.
Drew Biggerstaff and Aaron Williams scored 12 points apiece for the Wildcats in the loss.
North Lamar 9 7 15 13 -44
Sulphur Springs 7 6 11 19 -43
North Lamar - Tate Turnipseed 4, Blaine McDowell 8, Josh Jordan 16, Justin Thomas 3, Brandon Booker 2, Justin Murders 9, Steven Williams 2.
Sulphur Springs - Drew Biggerstaff 12, Aaron Williams 12, Colby Strain 2, Demarcus Johnson 2, Damon Nash 5.
SSHS 38, NLHS 33
Sulphur Springs picked up their second district win of the season Friday night behind 14 points from Kaylon Page and 11 points from Andrew Panter.
The Wildcats held a 20-17 lead at the intermission and held the lead going into every quarter against North Lamar.
The Panthers were led in scoring by Qualon Fort with a game-high 30 points.
North Lamar 9 8 4 12 -33
Sulphur Springs 14 6 8 10 -38
North Lamar - Nathan Archambeau 3, Qualon Fort 30.
Sulphur Springs - Andrew Panter 11, Darius Porter 7, Kaylon Page 14, Savion Thomas 2, Dalton Abner 2, Joseph McCann 2.