Wildcats snap two-game losing streak with win over Mount Vernon
Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Dec. 11, 2006 - WILLS POINT - For the second time this season, the Sulphur Springs Wildcats picked up a double-digit win against the Mount Vernon Tigers on Saturday.

This time, the Wildcats won 56-35 in their final game of the Wills Point tournament and ended a two-game losing streak.

"I talked to the kids and we wanted to come out and play a good ball game because the first time we played them we didn't play a good ball game," said SSHS coach Rusty Harden. "We played a zone most of the night and did a good job rebounding the basketball. We did a good job moving the ball around and getting some good shots."

Senior Bradley Washington led the Wildcats (9-3) with a game-high 18 points to go along with five rebounds, two steals and one assist, while teammate Colten Nash had 12 points, six rebounds and one steal.

Harden went with a different starting lineup against Mount Vernon with Ladarius Harrison, Josh Danzer, Drew Biggerstaff, Nash and Washington for a quicker pace in the game.

"I mixed it up to and went with a different starting lineup to get off to a quick start," the coach said. "In games like this, you are able to get everybody in, and you tell the kids to play harder so that everybody can get in the game."

Sulphur Springs jumped out to a 9-0 lead behind the zone pressure and had four points from Nash during the run.

Mount Vernon's Zack Jaggers scored the first basket for the Tigers on a jumper with 3:46 remaining in the first period for the 9-2 deficit.

The Wildcats continued to put on the pressure in the second quarter as Mount Vernon committed eight turnovers and fell behind, 32-17, at the half.

Nash gave Sulphur Springs a 27-15 lead with 2:10 remaining in the half on an offensive rebound. Following a Danzer free throw, Mount Vernon's Austin Taylor nailed a jumper for the final basket of the half.

Taylor finished with a team-high 10 points, four rebounds and one steal for the Tigers.

In the third quarter, the Wildcats put the game out of reach as Nash scored on the old-fashioned 3-point play with an offensive putback and free throw for a 38-21 lead with 5:07 remaining.

With time winding down in the third quarter, Tyrick Rollison drained a 3-pointer from near midcourt off an assist from Andrew Panter to give SSHS a 47-27 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Sulphur Springs shot 20-of-42 in the game (47.6 percent) compared to 12-of-34 (35.3 percent) for the Tigers. Sulphur Springs committed 13 turnovers, compared to 23 for the Tigers and had more steals (14-8), more assists (13-4) and more offensive rebounds (11-8) in the contest.

SSHS returns to the court Friday night against the Nevada Community Braves with a 7:30 p.m. tipoff.

"It is the first time in a while that we have had a break, and we will get after it and get ready for Community," the coach said. "It is a big thing for the kids to play in front of your friends and family, and hopefully they will come out and play a good game."

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