|Wildcats wrap pre-district with win over Royse City|
|Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer|
Jan. 11, 2006 - The Sulphur Springs Wildcats wrapped up the pre-district schedule on a winning note Tuesday night with a 48-30 win over the Royse City Bulldogs at Wildcat Gym.
SSHS (6-15) matched their win total from last season after finishing 6-21 last year and are currently on a three-game winning streak after going through an eight-game losing streak during the month of December.
"When I looked at the schedule and I saw that we were going to be gone for the entire month, you don't realize how tough it is going to be," said first-year coach Jeff Carroll. "We are so young with varsity experience and we weren't ready to play on the road. I think playing on the road is going to help us in the long run and this will get our confidence going hopefully through district."
Friday night begins the District 12-4A season with the Paris Wildcats coming to town and Carroll said the momentum hopefully will continue as the games start to count.
"It is all about that marathon and it is not about where we started or where we are in the middle, but where we are in the end," he said. "Hopefully, our guys come out and play as well as they can during district."
The Wildcats defense held Royse City under 10 points in three of the four quarters as Royse City shot 12-of-40 for 30 percent in the game.
After both teams were tied at 20-20 heading into the locker room, Sulphur Springs outscored the Bulldogs 28-10 in the second half and Carroll said foul trouble was a key area in the first half. Royse City's Kollin Padon tied the game on an assist from Jeremy Alexander at the halftime buzzer.
"We just relaxed and had a couple of guys in foul trouble early that really hurt us," the coach said. "With Chris (Young) and Drew (Biggerstaff) out, we weren't able to go back in and change the game the way that they can, then that caused some problems. Defensively, they did some things in the game that hurt us."
Biggerstaff was the leading scorer with 12 points, three rebounds and one assist, while Young scored nine points, pulled down eight rebounds, and had one assist for the Wildcats.
Royse City held their only lead of the game at 22-20 when Alexander had an easy lay-up off a steal with 7:49 remaining in the third quarter.
The Wildcats then went on an 8-0 run to take a 30-22 lead with 2:58 remaining in the quarter as senior Jay Pope scored five of his 10 points during their run. He also had four rebounds, three assists and one steal.
Carroll praised the play of Pope on both ends of the court.
"I thought Jay played unbelievable," he said. "Not only did he shoot the ball well, but he took four or five charges and did some very subtle things in the game."
The Wildcats wrapped up the game on a 12-0 run over the final four minutes as Biggerstaff scored seven points during the scoring run.
Royse City was led in scoring by Kollin Padon and Gary Freeman with seven points each.
SSHS shot 16-of-46 in the game for 34.8 percent, out-rebounded the Bulldogs 40-22, with a 15-6 advantage on the offensive glass, and had more assists (9-7).
Day Day Porter and Jose Vargas each had three offensive rebounds for SSHS. Porter added a pair of assists to go with his six points, and Vargas scored seven.
SSHS 59, Royse City 40
The Wildcats improved to 10-6 on the year with a big win over Royse City as Tyrick Rollison scored 13 points.
Colten Nash pitched in eight points, while teammates Andrew Panter, DeQualin Evans, Rashad Hall, Ladarius Brown and Demarcus Johnson all scored six points for the Wildcats.
Sulphur Springs returns to the court Friday night against Paris, the team that won the Sulphur Springs junior varsity tournament earlier in the year. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Sulphur Springs - Colten Nash 8, Andrew Panter 6, Tyrick Rollison 13, DeQualin Evans 6, Rashad Hall 6, Joseph McCann 4, Ladarius Brown 6, Cameron Cash 2, Demarcus Johnson 6.
SSHS 66, Royse City 25
Stephen Kramer led the way for the Wildcats with 14 points, while teammate Jace Jackson scored 11 points in their win.
The Wildcat defense held Royse City to under 10 points in every quarter, and SSHS outscored Royse City 35-11 in the second half.
Royse City was led by Beck with six points.
Royse City - Rogers 4, Gibson 4, Young 1, Luna 2, Beck 6, McAden 5, Hernandez 5.
Sulphur Springs - Jace Jackson 11, Jesse Vasquez 2, Stephen Kramer 14, Joe Ross 4, Johnny McSheffrey 8, Carlos Harrison 5, Jonathan Lee 8, Tarron Wright 5, Clay Hansford 2, Andy Ginn 2, Will Long 5.