|Wildcats tough start leads to loss over Tigers|
|Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer|
Feb. 4, 2006 - MOUNT PLEASANT - A tough start lead to a disappointing finish for the Sulphur Springs Wildcats in their 41-29 loss to the Mount Pleasant Tigers Friday night in District 12-4A action.
Sulphur Springs fell behind 10-0 before scoring their first basket of the game with 1:55 remaining on a 3-pointer by senior Josh Riley off of a Jay Pope assist and were outscored 12-5 after the first quarter of play.
Riley scored all five of the Wildcats' first quarter points and finished with nine points, three rebounds and one assist, while classmate Jose Vargas scored seven points, pulled down eight rebounds and had two steals. Pope finished with six points, three boards, two steals and two assists.
Mount Pleasant (15-12, 5-2 in District 12-4A) received 12 points, seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and three blocks from Scooter Van Dyke, and 10 points, five rebounds, seven steals and three assists from Carliss Robinson. Jessie Green also added eight points and seven rebounds off the bench.
In the second quarter, Green was involved in the first three scoring plays to give Mount Pleasant an 18-7 lead with 4:12 remaining.
After Vargas cut the deficit to 22-11 with an offensive putback, Van Dyke slammed the ball on their next trip down the court for a 24-11 halftime advantage.
The Wildcats started to play a more aggressive style of basketball in the third quarter and went on an 8-0 run to cut a 28-13 deficit into a 28-21 deficit with 2:15 remaining. Pope scored four points during the run and capped it off with a steal and lay-up as Mount Pleasant called a timeout following the score.
Sulphur Springs shot 13-of-45 in the game for 28.9 percent, compared to 20-of-60 (33.3 percent) for the Tigers and were out-rebounded 38-27 in the game with a 13-4 disadvantage on the offensive glass.
The Tigers had more blocks than SSHS (7-1) and more steals (12-7) in the contest.
The Wildcats (7-21, 1-6) return to the court Tuesday night for Teacher Appreciation Night against the Greenville Lions. Tipoff for the game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Mount Pleasant 64, Sulphur Springs 59
The Sulphur Springs Wildcats received 19 points from DeQualin Evans and 15 points from freshman Colten Nash in their loss.
SSHS (11-11, 1-5) fell behind 34-28 at the half and 48-42 after three quarters of play.
Mount Pleasant had 19 points from Rogers.
Sulphur Springs - Colten Nash 15, Tyrick Rollison 7, Rashad Hall 7, Andrew Panter 6, DeQualin Evans 19, Ladarius Brown 2, Demarcus Johnson 3.
Mount Pleasant - Chisum 13, Rogers 19, Stewart 6, Hoskins 10, Hill 2, Brown 8, Dudley 2, Bower 2, Show 2.
Mount Pleasant 73, Sulphur Springs 33
Without the services of freshman post Stephen Kramer for a UIL band competition, the Wildcats received a team-high 17 points from Clay Hansford in their loss.
The Wildcats (8-9, 1-5) fell behind 51-14 at the half and scored under 10 points in three-out-of-four quarters against Mount Pleasant.
The Tigers received 21 points from Craddock and Savage in the contest.
Sulphur Springs - Joe Ross 2, Jace Jackson 7, Andy Ginn 3, Clay Hansford 17, Johnny McSheffery 2.
Mount Pleasant - Howard 6, Harndon 6, Tarmayne Elliott 11, Craddock 21, Tevin Elliott 9, Walker 9, Bowers 6, Brannon 4, Savage 21, Wilkerson 6, Chisum 2.