Wildcats take down Hirschi, 47-39
Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Dec. 18, 2006 - The Sulphur Springs Wildcats head into the Christmas break on a three-game winning streak after a 47-39 win over the Wichita Falls Hirschi Huskies Saturday afternoon at Wildcat Gym.

Coach Rusty Harden's team is now 11-3 on the season and will return to the court Dec. 28 against Pine Tree in the opening round of the Mount Pleasant Tiger Classic

"I had no idea these kids would have this record, but these kids don't give up and they play hard," the coach said. "I am glad that we played a team like this because this is one of the more athletic teams that we are going to see."

Senior Ladarius Harrison led the way for the Wildcats with 13 points, three rebounds, three blocks and one assist.

Teammates Colten Nash had eight points, eight rebounds, one assist and one block, while Drew Biggerstaff added eight points, three rebounds, two steals and two assists.

SSHS once again had over 20 turnovers in a game as they had 21 miscues in the contest, compared to 18 for the Huskies.

Harden said turnovers were talked about during the halftime session.

"We talked about how, like Friday, we were just giving them the basketball. I told the guys that they played good defense holding them to 20 points but the offense just wasn't very good," Harden said.

"I think we go in spurts with turnovers. Sometimes we do a good job at handling the ball and sometimes we don't. We've got to settle down and take care of the ball, and I know that they can do it."

After Sulphur Springs jumped out to a 5-0 lead with a putback basket by senior Bradley Washington and a 3-pointer from Biggerstaff, the Huskies went on a 12-0 run over the next five minutes as Le'Mon Evans - who scored a game-high 15 points, along with six rebounds, four steals and three assists - and Dorian Dargan scored four points each during the run.

In the second quarter, the Wildcats outscored Hirschi, 7-6, to cut the deficit to 20-15 heading into the intermission.

During the quarter, Hirschi went on a 6-0 run to take a 20-11 lead before Nash scored on an assist from Tyrick Rollison and Rollison scored on a lay-up with 20 seconds remaining in the half.

The Wildcats picked up their second lead of the game in the third quarter after being down 25-17 with 5:01 remaining in the quarter

Sulphur Springs scored nine straight points on a free throw by Biggerstaff, two putbacks by Nash, a jumper by Rollison and a lay-up by Harrison off a Rollison pass for a 26-25 advantage.

In the final period, Hirschi tied the game at 37-37 with 3:15 remaining on a jumper by Evans, but Sulphur Springs sealed the victory scoring 10 of the final 12 points in the game.

Sulphur Springs went 8-of-15 from the charity stripe and Harden said that was a key statistic in the game.

"I was pleased with the guys making their free throws down the stretch," the coach said.

The Wildcats ended the game hitting 17-of-41 shots from the field (41.2 percent), while holding Hirschi to 30 percent (15-of-50).

Junior Varsity

SSHS 58, Hirschi 28

A 28-2 third-quarter run helped the junior varsity pick up the win Saturday afternoon.

Keedrick Dial scored a game-high 16 points for the Wildcats and teammate Johnathan Lee added 11 points.

Sulphur Springs held a 22-19 lead at the half and a 50-21 lead after three quarters.

Hirschi 10 9 2 7 -28

SSHS 16 6 28 8 -58

Hirschi - Scott 2, Holmes 2, Wade 14, Cooper 6, Hadnot 4.

SSHS - DeQualin Evans 9, Rashad Hall 8, Johnathan Lee 11, Kaylon Page 3, Keedrick Dial 16, Jesse Vasquez 2, Darrell Franklin 2, Anthony Mills 7.

Freshman

Hirschi 51, SSHS 46 (OT)

The freshman dropped their final contest of the Christmas break as both teams were tied 48-48 at the end of regulation.

Bryant Jackson led Sulphur Springs with 17 points as the only double-figure scorer, while teammates Joey Davis and Lemarcus Kendricks scored eight points each.

Robertson led Hirschi with 21 points.

Hirschi 9 12 11 10 9 -51

SSHS 15 8 9 10 4 -46

Hirschi - Ferguson 6, Knox 1, Robertson 21, Darius 19, Lee 2.

SSHS - Jacob Corona 4, Gage Williams 4, Bryant Jackson 17, Joey Davis 8, Lemarcus Kendricks 8, Jordan Lee 5

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