|Wildcats drop game to Forney|
|Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer|
Dec. 9, 2006 - WILLS POINT - The Sulphur Springs Wildcats came out slow for the second straight game, losing to the Forney Jackrabbits, 60-48, during the Wills Point Kiwanis Tournament Friday afternoon.
The Wildcats (8-3) were scheduled to face Mount Vernon at 2 p.m. today in their final game of the tournament. The Wildcats defeated Mount Vernon 50-34 in the opening game of the season.
"Mount Vernon is a lot better than they were during the first meeting. I told the kids that if we play them like we did the first half they are going to put it on us," said SSHS coach Rusty Harden. "We have to come out and play a good game if we want to beat them."
Wildcats sophomore Colten Nash scored a team-high 15 points off of the bench as the only double-figure scorer. Senior Bradley Washington had eight points, three rebounds, two steals and two assists.
Sulphur Springs held its only lead of the game, 6-4, with two minutes gone in the first quarter before being held scoreless as Forney's 6-8 center Ben Lewis scored six points during a 13-0 run for a 17-6 lead. Lewis led all scorers with 18 points, two rebounds, one steal, one assist and five blocks.
In the second quarter, Forney continued its hot shooting from the field going 7-of-11 and extended its lead to 37-23 at the half.
"I think it was the way that we started. The first half was not a good half for us, and the second half we came out and played a whole lot better," the coach said. "We got after them and played a lot better defense on them. We held them to 23 points in the second half instead of 37 like the first half."
The Wildcats battled back in the second half outscoring Forney 25-23 and cut the lead to 12 points, 49-37, on a jumper by Aaron Williams with 10 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
"They did some good things and their size hurt us, but we did a lot better job against their size in the second half," Harden said. "I think the second half we came to play and the first half we just didn't come to play."
Sulphur Springs cut the lead to 52-42 with under five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter on a bucket by Drew Biggerstaff off of a Williams assist, but then Forney went on an 8-0 run to put the game out of reach.
Forney shot 25-of-38 (65.8 percent) compared to 19-of-46 (41.3 percent) for the Wildcats. Both teams finished with 17 turnovers in the contest.
Forney shot 5-of-7 from 3-point range and 5-of-8 from the charity stripe. Sulphur Springs was 2-of-8 from 3-point range and 8-of-17 from the free throw line.
The Wildcats will have an off night on Tuesday before their home opener on Friday against Nevada Community. Tipoff for the Friday contest is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.