|Wildcats fall in second half to Texas High, 77-60|
|Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer|
Jan. 25, 2006 - For 16 minutes Tuesday night, the Sulphur Springs Wildcats looked like a team ready for their first District 12-4A win.
The second half was a whole different ballgame.
Tied 30-30 heading into the locker room, the Wildcats were outscored 47-30 in the second half and committed 12 of their 28 turnovers in the game in a 77-60 loss to the Texas High Tigers at Wildcat Gym.
"In the second half we didn't take care of the basketball, and if you don't do that then they get wide open layups the other direction and that is tough to defend, and that hurt us," said SSHS first-year coach Jeff Carroll.
Sulphur Springs (6-19, 0-4 in district) received a double-double from junior Drew Biggerstaff with 21 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and one steal, while classmate Chris Young pitched in 14 points, pulled down five boards and had three assists.
Texas High (17-8, 2-2) was led in scoring by Leon Harris with 22 points, eight steals, three boards and one assist, while teammate Daniel Glover scored 18 points, pulled down four rebounds and had one steal. T-High's Joe Anderson scored 14 points, had six rebounds - all on offensive - and four steals.
Carroll also praised the play of 6-7 senior post Jeff Kramer, who finished with one point and six blocks for the Wildcats.
"Jeff may not necessarily show up in the blocks category, but the things that he does on the defensive end are huge for our basketball team. People sometimes don't see it, but he does so much for us that it is immeasurable," the coach said.
Biggerstaff came out in the first half on fire for the Wildcats as he scored 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting from behind the arc and pulled down five rebounds as both teams headed into the second quarter tied 17-17.
The Wildcats went on a 12-0 run in the second quarter and held as much as an eight-point lead at 29-21 as Kramer hit one-of-two free throws with 2:38 remaining in the half.
Carroll said Sulphur Springs' downfall in the second half was Texas High being able to take control of the game.
"The pace of the game changed and we didn't control the pace because they did. We can't allow that to happen, and if we let them control the pace we won't have a chance," he said. "We cannot allow the game to be in the 70s, and when the game is in the 70s, then nine times out of 10 we are going to be in trouble."
Texas High held a 50-43 lead heading into the final quarter as Glover had a fast-break layup with under a minute remaining in the third quarter.
Sulphur Springs cut the lead to 10 at 68-58 with 1:06 remaining in the fourth quarter on a layup by junior Chris Young.
Carroll said Bradley Washington and Josh Riley impressed him during the game as Washington finished with five points and two rebounds and Riley had four points, two rebounds, two steals and two assists.
"I can't say enough about how Brad came in and gave me good minutes and he stepped up and played really hard," the coach said. "Josh came in off the bench to add a spark and to change the pace of the game a little bit and I thought he played really well."
Sulphur Springs shot 20-of-57 for 35.1 percent compared to 31-of-83 (37.3 percent) for Texas High, was out-rebounded 42-37 and had less steals (19-8).
The Wildcats travel to North Lamar Friday night looking for their first district win. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
SSHS 74, Texas High 53
Sulphur Springs had a game-high 16 points from freshman Colten Nash and 14 points from Tyrick Rollison in their double-digit win over Texas High Tuesday night.
The Wildcats held a 33-25 lead at the half, a 55-38 lead after three quarters and outscored T-High 19-15 in the final quarter.
Texas High was led by M. Brown with eight points.
Texas High - Stulley 2, Jones 7, Williams 2, Pierce 4, Stilson 2, McClain 2, Lane 6, Helborn 2, Rortner 5, Brown 2, Tolliver 5, Manning 6, M. Brown 8.
SSHS - Tyrick Rollison 14, DeQualin Evans 8, Rashad Hall 9, Ladarius Brown 6, Cameron Cash 2, Kaylon Page 2, Demarcus Johnson 6, Andrew Panter 8, Justin Blount 3, Colten Nash 16.
Texas High 72, SSHS 44
The Tigers used a stifling defense in the second half to extend a 33-28 lead at the half for a double-digit win.
Jace Jackson scored a game-high 19 points for the Wildcats and teammate Stephen Kramer scored eight points.
Texas High was led by Fant with 16 points and Lux with 14 points.
Texas High - Fant 16, Dudley 6, Lux 14, King 2, Garrett 5, Minniefield 6, Banks 10, Thomas 1, Brown 7, Foxworth 1, Davis 4.
SSHS - Jace Jackson 19, Jonathan Lee 5, Stephen Kramer 8, Darryl Franklin 4, Joe Ross 2, Jessie Vasquez 3, Finnie 3, Dee Harrison 1.