Whitehouse does it to Wildcats again: No. 8 team in state gives SSHS its worst loss of the season

By JOSEPH ELERSON | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Dec. 12, 2007 - WHITEHOUSE - The Whitehouse Wildcats proved on Tuesday why they are ranked No. 8 in the state in Class 4A in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches poll released this week.

Whitehouse (9-1) outscored Sulphur Springs in every quarter en route to a 73-30 victory at Wildcat Arena for the Wildcats worst loss of the year.

"The way we started the game wasn't too bad for the first three minutes," said SSHS first-year coach Braughn Curtis. "We were right there with them because we were being patient with the ball and getting good looks, but we are still turning the ball over.

"Midway through the first quarter, we got tired of being patient and didn't want to do what I asked them to do. We got embarrassed because we didn't play very hard and very smart."

Anthony Mills led the Wildcats in scoring with 10 points to go along with four rebounds, one steal and one assist off of the bench. Teammate Dequalin "Boo" Evans added six points on 2-of-5 shooting from 3-point range and one steal.

For Whitehouse, 6-8 junior post Jacob Holmen had 20 points, three rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block, 6-6 senior post Cade Clark had 18 points, five rebounds, four blocks, and senior guard Kyle Ford had 13 points, three steals and two assists.

In the hostile environment of Wildcat Arena, SSHS never scored more than 10 points in any quarter as Whitehouse held a 23-10 lead heading into the second quarter.

WHS held an 11-5 lead midway through the opening quarter on a layup from Clark off an assist from Holmen, before Evans cut the lead to three at 11-8 on his first 3-pointer off an assist from Rashad Hall. Whitehouse then went on a 12-2 run to close out the quarter.

Sulphur Springs shot 2-of-11 in the second quarter and found themselves down by 20 points (36-16) heading into the locker room.

SSHS shot 6-of-18 (33 percent) in the first half, compared to 15-of-28 (53 percent) from the field for Whitehouse. SSHS also had 17 of their 25 turnovers in the first half compared to eight for Whitehouse.

"We are not being confident with the ball," Curtis said. "With their 2-2-1 press, it is meant to slow the ball down and it is not an aggressive press. Right now, the guys are getting bored with it and they make turnovers and do not take care of the ball."

In the third quarter, Whitehouse continued its aggressive play under coach Wally Dawkins as they pounded the ball in the paint or found ways to get into fast break situations with a 23-9 advantage as Holmen scored eight points on jump shots from the left block and layups.

With Sulphur Springs down, 59-25, heading into the final quarter, Bryant "Day Day" Jackson scored two of his four points in the opening minute off an assist from Mills and then Mills drained a 3-pointer late for the Wildcats only buckets of the quarter.

Sulphur Springs shot 12-of-43 from the field for 28 percent, compared to 31-of-54 (57 percent) for Whitehouse. Whitehouse had more rebounds (30-26), more steals (13-4), more assists (19-6) and more blocks (5-0).

SSHS (11-4) will return to the court on Friday night at Nevada Community. Tipoff for the varsity action is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

"I don't know anything about Nevada except for they are in a district with Wills Point," the coach said. "I am sure that Community is going to be a competitor in that district, and I am not saying this is a game that we are going to win. If we will play hard and do the things that I am coaching them to do, we will win the game."

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