|Wildcats lose to Greenville on Teacher Appreciation Night|
|Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer|
Feb. 8, 2006 - With only two games remaining in the season for Sulphur Springs, the Wildcats dropped a 65-44 decision to the Greenville Lions Tuesday night on Teacher Appreciation Night at Wildcat Gym.
"We struggled a little bit with their pressure, and we had a couple of kids miss practice this week for different reasons and that hurt us in terms of our rotation a little bit," said first-year SSHS coach Jeff Carroll. "We didn't play as well as we needed to in order to get the job done."
Sulphur Springs (7-22, 1-7 in District 12-4A) received 10 points, six rebounds and one steal from junior Drew Biggerstaff and eight points and eight boards from senior Jose Vargas. Day Day Porter also pitched in seven points, four rebounds, three assists and one steal.
Greenville (21-8, 6-2) was led in scoring by Chad Robinson with 21 points, two rebounds, three assists and two steals, while teammate Kaleb Henderson pitched in 11 points, one board, two steals and two assists.
Sulphur Springs opened up the game on a 5-2 run as Biggerstaff nailed a jumper, followed by a 3-pointer from Pope off of a Porter assist with 4:52 remaining in the first quarter.
Greenville then went into a full-court press which held the Wildcats scoreless for two minutes as the Lions went on a 10-0 run to take a 12-5 lead before Porter broke the drought with a lay-up. Greenville closed out the quarter on a 6-2 run for a 18-9 lead.
Sulphur Springs was able to cut the deficit to 18-12 in the second quarter as Vargas scored on a pass from Pope with 7:03 remaining, but Greenville answered with back-to-back buckets by Robinson and Byron Bell to extend its lead back to 11 at 23-12.
Greenville held as much as a 16-point lead in the third quarter on several occasions as Robinson sent them into the fourth quarter with a 45-29 lead on a baseline jumper with 32 seconds remaining.
The Wildcats shot 14-of-51 from the field for (27.5 percent), compared to 26-of-58 from the field (44.8 percent) for the Lions, had fewer steals (10-8) and fewer assists (11-4). Greenville held a 35-34 advantage in rebounding, but were out-rebounded 12-10 on the offensive glass.
"I think that we are in a tough part of our season and we are just trying to fight through and finish this thing up in the most positive way that we can," the coach said. "Really, we want to become better human beings and learn how to be better people by the end of this season."
Carroll said with his first season ending next Tuesday night, he hopes his team will continue to play hard and hopefully end the season with nine wins.
"The most important thing for us is that we maintain our composure and we take care of each other and that we grow as a family," Carroll said. "If we do that and play for each other then we are giving ourself the best shot to give ourselves a chance to end this on a positive note."
SSHS travels to Texas High Friday night in the final road game of the year, and Carroll said the long drive may help them in preparation for the game.
"I haven't made that long drive with these guys, but we have had some long drives and that was one of the reasons that we took the drive to Jacksonville to play Corsicana was so that we got to experience a long bus drive and experience what that is like," he said. "This night will be Senior Night for them, and we are really going to have to pull together to win that game."
SSHS 49, Greenville 42
Down 22-18 at the half, the Wildcats outscored Greenville 31-20 in the second half to take the come-from-behind win.
DeQualin Evans scored 13 points for the Wildcats, while teammate Tyrick Rollison scored 12 points.
Barrett led Greenville with 21 points.
Greenville - Sharkey 2, Cooper 3, Parson 7, Barrett 21, Sneed 2, Turner 3, Roberts 4.
SSHS - Tyrick Rollison 12, DeQualin Evans 13, Rashad Hall 2, Ladarius Brown 7, Cameron Cash 2, Andrew Panter 3, Justin Blount 2, Colten Nash 8.
SSHS 64, Greenville 46
The Wildcats received 16 points from Jonathan Lee and 14 points from Jace Jackson in their win.
Taylor led Greenville with 18 points in the game.
SSHS (9-9, 2-5) travel to Texas High Friday night. Tipoff is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. at the Tiger Center.
Greenville - Taylor 18, Bosworth 7, Johnson 6, Smith 4, Valentin 3, Johnson 3, Kilgore 5.
SSHS - Cedric Finnie 7, Johnny McSheffery 5, Dee Harrison 2, Jonathan Lee 16, Darryl Franklin 8, Jace Jackson 14, Andy Ginn 1, Stephen Kramer 2, Will Long 4, Clay Hansford 5.