|Wildcats win streak snapped at three games|
|Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer|
Jan. 14, 2006 - After a three-game win streak, the Sulphur Springs Wildcats opened up District 12-4A play with a 70-54 loss to the Paris Wildcats Friday night at Wildcat Gym.
"The things that we had to do to get a win, we didn't take care of tonight," said first-year coach Jeff Carroll. "They killed us on the glass and that is something that we have to do better at."
Paris out-rebounded Sulphur Springs 35-26 overall and 15-6 on the offensive glass.
Paris (13-5, 1-0 in district) received double-doubles from junior post Marshall Carrell with 16 points and 12 rebounds to go along with one assist and one block and sophomore forward Courtney Jackson with 14 points and 11 rebounds to go along with two steals and one block. Senior Thurman Taylor scored 13 points, grabbed four rebounds, had three steals and one assist.
SSHS is now 6-16 on the year and 0-1 in district play with a match-up against the Mount Pleasant Tigers in the final game of its five-game home stand. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday night.
"We have to play a little harder, smarter and play together Tuesday night, and if we do that we will be OK against Mount Pleasant," Carroll said.
Senior Jay Pope led the way for the Wildcats with 15 points, four rebounds, four assists and one steal, while classmate Jose Vargas had 10 points, four rebounds and one steal off the bench before fouling out of the game.
"Jay has done a great job for us and he came out and struggled in the first half and then his shot came on in the second half," the coach said. "We knew it would, and once it does he helps us a ton, and that is what we need from him."
The Wildcats were without the services of junior Chris Young, who is averaging 10 points per game and 3.7 rebounds, and Carroll said the remaining players need to step up on the team.
"Anytime you have a player out like Chris, it really affects your team and we got to make sure that as a family we stay together and tread along and hopefully somebody will step up and take care of the business at hand," he said.
After a basket by Vargas off a Josh Danzer assist made the score 20-12 with 6:40 remaining in the second quarter, the Wildcats were held scoreless for more than four minutes as Paris went on a 9-0 run to take a 29-12 lead. Drew Biggerstaff stopped the Paris run with a jumper off of a Jay Pope assist.
Biggerstaff finished the game with eight points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals.
With under a minute remaining in the first half, Carrell slammed home a dunk over Jeff Kramer and was fouled on the play to give Paris a 20-point lead at 35-15.
The two teams will meet again Jan. 31 at Paris, and Carroll knows what changes need to be made.
"It will be a lot tougher at their place and hopefully we can shoot the ball better in the first half," he said. "We won the second half (34-32) tonight and we could have made a game out of it if we would have shot the ball better."
Both teams were almost identical in field goal shooting as Sulphur Springs went 24-of-54 (44.4 percent), compared to 27-of-61 for 44.3 percent for Paris.
Paris 75, SSHS 74 (OT)
Down 65-62 with under 10 seconds remaining in the game, Sulphur Springs guard Tyrick Rollison drained a 3-pointer to send the game into overtime, but Sulphur Springs was outscored 10-9 in the extra frame.
SSHS is now 10-7 overall and 0-1 in District 12-4A play and will play Mount Pleasant Tuesday night.
Sulphur Springs post Colten Nash had a game-high 29 points while DeQualin Evans had 13 points and Rollison finished with 12 points.
Paris was led by Sims with 20 points and Tyson with 19 points.
Paris - Easter 10, Sims 20, Gamble 4, Moore 11, Agha 3, Porter 2, Stallings 6, Tyson 19.
SSHS - Colten Nash 29, DeQualin Evans 13, Andrew Panter 4, Tyrick Rollison 12, Rashad Hall 10, Ladarius Brown 6.
Paris 60, SSHS 49
Sulphur Springs post Stephen Kramer had his second straight double-figure game with 13 points while teammate Darryl Franklin pitched in 10 points in the loss Friday night.
SSHS is now 7-5 overall and 0-1 in district play.
Paris was led by Barr with 16 points and Rollerson with 12 points.
Paris - Barr 16, Rollerson 12, Martin 8, Carrell 3, Yates 8, Harrison 4, Barry 2, McCleary 5, Mallory 2.
SSHS - Jace Jackson 5, Stephen Kramer 13, Joe Ross 2, Johnny McSheffery 4, Jonathan Lee 6, Tarron Wright 8, Seth Welborn 1, Darryl Franklin 10.