|Wildcats fall to 0-3 in district 12-4A play|
|Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer|
Jan. 21, 2006 - GREENVILLE - Sulphur Springs head coach Jeff Carroll knew going into the District 12-4A season it would be a battle every night - he just didn't know it would be this tough.
The Wildcats dropped their third straight district contest - this time to the Greenville Lions, 71-45, at the Lions Den Friday night.
"The biggest disappointment of tonight was we didn't play as hard as we possibly can," the coach said. "The 0-3 start with the three teams that we played is something that is tough, but we didn't play as hard as we could."
The Wildcats had a hard time containing Greenville's Chad Robinson, who scored 16 of his game-high 24 points in the first half and nailed four 3-pointers in the first quarter.
Carroll knew Robinson would be a key player for Greenville.
"He is a really nice player and we knew going in that we had to eliminate his touches and it is difficult because of how active he is," the coach said. "He came out on fire and did his damage. He is a nice player, and he played well."
Kaleb Henderson scored 16 points for the Lions to go along with four rebounds, two steals and two assists, and teammate Raymond Payton scored nine points to go along with four rebounds, one steal and one assist off the bench.
Sulphur Springs held its only leads of the game on an opening steal and lay-up by senior Jay Pope and held a 5-2 lead on a 3-pointer by Aaron Williams off of a Sam Pettit assist with seven minutes remaining in the first quarter.
Pope finished the game with 10 points, four rebounds, three steals and one assist, while Williams finished with three points and two steals. Pettit had three assists, one rebound and one steal for the Wildcats.
Junior Chris Young returned to the Wildcat lineup and scored a team-high 11 points to go along with one rebound and one steal, while junior Drew Biggerstaff scored eight points to go with two boards, two assists and one steal.
The Lions took their biggest lead of the first half at 35-21 as Payton nailed a 3-pointer with 1:30 remaining in the quarter and held a 35-22 lead heading into the lockerroom.
Sulphur Springs came out of the lockerroom flat to start the third quarter as Greenville went on a 13-0 run, fueled by Robinson's six points. Greenville held a 48-22 lead at that point.
The Wildcats shot 16-of-47 from the field for 34 percent, compared to 27-of-63 for 42.3 percent for the Lions and were out-rebounded 37-20 overall and 13-3 on the offensive glass.
With the team at 0-3 in the district race and tied with the North Lamar Panthers for last place, Carroll said the team needs to stick with the goals they made during the offseason and work on their mistakes.
"Our goal this season is that we play hard, play smart and play together, and if we do that everything else will take care of itself," he said. "We don't need to worry about how many wins it will take to get into the playoffs, but us getting better each and every day."
Sulphur Springs (6-18) returns to Wildcat Gym Tuesday night to take on the Texas High Tigers (16-8, 1-2) nearly one year after the fan disturbance incident during Senior Night in a 63-43 loss.
"We are so far removed from that incident now that it is not even an issue any more," Carroll said. "Our team has dedicated themselves to acting the way that they are supposed to act, and we need to forget about the incident."
Carroll said the work ethic of the Wildcats will be the same way it has been all season in preparation for the Tigers.
"I will approach T-High like we approach every game this year and we are going to do what we are supposed to do and act right all the time and do the things that we need to do," he said.
"They are very similar to most of the teams in our district in that they are athletic, big, and we are going to have to box out and defend. They have a couple of really nice players who can step out and shoot it and we have to make sure that we play harder than they do."
Greenville 58, SSHS 45
With the Wildcats up 27-24 heading into the lockerroom, Greenville outscored Sulphur Springs 34-18 in the second half to take the win Friday night.
Tyrick Rollison scored 16 points, while teammate DeQualin Evans pitched in 15 points for Sulphur Springs.
Greenville was led in scored by Turner with 25 points.
The Wildcats are now 10-9 overall and 0-3 in district play and will look for their first district win against Texas High Tuesday night. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.
SSHS - Tyrick Rollison 16, Rashad Hall 6, Colten Nash 2, DeMarcus Johnson 4, Ladarius Brown 2, DeQualin Evans 15.
Greenville - Sharkey 9, Parsons 6, Barrett 2, Turner 25, Roberts 6, Boily 3, Riggins 5.
SSHS 67, Greenville 54
The Sulphur Springs freshman improved to 8-6 on the year and 1-2 in district play with a double-figure win over Greenville.
Stephen Kramer led the way for the Wildcats with 17 points, while teammate Jace Jackson pitched in 15 points.
Bosworth led the way for Greenville with 20 points, while teammate A. Johnson scored 19 points.
SSHS - Jace Jackson 15, Stephen Kramer 17, Darryl Franklin 6, Joe Ross 8, Andy Ginn 2, Jonathan Lee 15, Tarron Wright 2, Finnie 2.
Greenville - Bosworth 20, A. Johnson 19, K. Johnson 2, Smith 9, Isham 2, Martin 2.