|Wildcats end home stand on losing note|
|Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer|
Jan. 18, 2006 - The Sulphur Springs Wildcats wrapped up their final game of a five-game home stand on a losing note Tuesday night in a 49-35 district loss to the Mount Pleasant Tigers.
"We just didn't take care of the things that we needed to in order to win the game," said first-year coach Jeff Carroll. "We didn't box out and they got some second shots, but the kids played unbelievably hard."
SSHS is now 6-17 on the year and 0-2 in District 12-4A with a critical district matchup Friday at Greenville, which improved to 17-6 overall and 2-0 in district with a 67-45 win over North Lamar.
"We need to defend and continue to play hard, and if we continue to do those two things then we are going to be all right against Greenville," the coach said.
The Wildcats had a tough time containing Mount Pleasant's (11-10, 2-0) senior post Jessie Green, who finished with a double-double of 20 points on 8-of-17 shooting from the field and 15 rebounds — nine of which came on the offensive glass — while teammate Kevin Cheatum and Carliss Robinson scored eight points each. Cheatum had 10 rebounds.
Carroll said he was impressed with the play of Green against them in the game.
"He just killed us on the boards and that is something because of how we play. We had a hard time with him," Carroll said.
Sulphur Springs opened up the game with a 15-10 first quarter lead as the team shot 7-of-11 from the field. Senior Jay Pope scored eight of his team-high 10 points in the opening period. He also had four rebounds, three steals and three assists.
In the second quarter, SSHS held a 17-10 lead as junior Josh Danzer scored on a lay-up off of a Pope assist before Mount Pleasant went on a 9-2 run to tie the game at 19-19 with 3:22 remaining on a basket by Treston Hill.
Sulphur Springs saw a two-point halftime deficit turn into a 10-point deficit at 35-25 after the third quarter of play as the Tigers outscored them 25-10 during the second and third periods.
Carroll said the team got fatigued during that stretch of the game.
"We just got a little tired and we stopped getting deflections," the coach said. "Our defense slowed down a little bit and they started playing better."
Sulphur Springs was able to get to within six points in the fourth quarter at 38-32 on a basket by Pope and then cut the deficit to three at 38-35 on a 3-pointer by Sam Pettit off Pope's assist. Pettit finished with 10 points, two rebounds and two steals.
For Sulphur Springs, Josh Riley saw his first varsity action of the year with two rebounds, and Carroll said Riley brings leadership to the Wildcats basketball team.
"Josh is an important part of this school and he is important not only to basketball but to the school, and with him coming out it has helped us out a lot in terms of his leadership," the coach said. "The opportunity to get him into the game will always be a good thing for our basketball program."
SSHS junior point guard Aaron Williams scored seven points, while classmates Drew Biggerstaff and Josh Danzer combined for seven points, four rebounds and five steals for Sulphur Springs.
The Wildcats shot 14-of-46 for 30.4 percent and were just 3-of-9 from the line. Mount Pleasant shot 17-of-60 (28.3 percent) and made only 15-of-29 charity shots. The Tigers went 0-of-12 from behind the arc, compared to 4-of-14 for the Wildcats.
Mount Pleasant out-rebounded SSHS, 41-29, including 15-7 on the offensive glass, and SSHS committed 25 turnovers compared to 19 for the Tigers.
Mount Pleasant 49, SSHS 34
Sulphur Springs sophomore Andrew Panter scored a team-high nine points, while teammate Colten Nash scored six points in their loss to Mount Pleasant Tuesday night.
Mount Pleasant was led by Franklin with 16 points and Chisum with 14 points.
Sulphur Springs will look for their first district win of the season Friday night against Greenville.
Mount Pleasant — Chisum 14, Franklin 16, Rodriguez 5, Rogers 2, Stewart 8, Hoskins 4.
SSHS — Colten Nash 6, Tyrick Rollison 3, Rashad Hall 4, Andrew Panter 9, Kaylon Page 2, DeQualin Evans 5, Ladarius Brown 1, Lamarcus Johnson 4.
Mount Pleasant 58, Sulphur Springs 44
The Sulphur Springs freshman fell to 0-2 on the district season with a double-digit loss to Mount Pleasant.
Jonathan Lee was the only double-figure scorer for the Wildcats with 14 points, while teammate Stephen Kramer scored six points.
Mount Pleasant was led by Howard with a game-high 30 points.
Mount Pleasant — Howard 30, Harndon 5, Tarmayne Elliott 6, Craddock 6, Tevin Elliott 4, Walker 5, Bowers 2.
Sulphur Springs — Joe Ross 2, Jonathan Lee 14, Darryl Franklin 7, Jace Jackson 5, Tarron Wright 5, Stephen Kramer 6, Jesse Vasquez 3, Andy Ginn 2.