It’s been a very busy week for the Sulphur Springs Wildcats as they’ve fought in the Allen Tournament this week, and it’s far from over. After opening the tournament with a huge 20-point win over Tyler Legacy Tuesday, the Wildcats were handed just their fifth loss of the season against Frisco Independence, losing on a buzzer beater.
Sulphur Springs would get a chance to redeem themselves just a few hours later, however, this time going up against El Paso Andress. So far this season the Wildcats have yet to lose back-to-back games, winning each of their games after a loss by an average score of 60-49.
The Wildcats kept the trend going in Wednesday’s match, once again completely bouncing back after a loss. Sulphur Springs was even able to add to their impressive stat, this time beating El Paso Andress by a final score of 72-51.
Kordrick Turner was the leading scorer in this one, pacing the way with 17 points. Turner had a perfect game shooting wise, going 5-5 from the field and 7-7 from the free throw line. The big man also pulled in four rebounds and dished out a pair of assists, adding yet another impressive outing to his resume.
Just behind him were the usual suspects, as seniors Parker Whisenhunt and Branson Lynn each had double-digit games as well. Lynn, who has been red hot from behind the 3-point lately continued that trend, going 4-5 from beyond the arc to finish with 14 points.
Whisenhunt was the in between of Turner and Lynn’s games, going 3-5 from the field and 2-3 from behind the 3-point line. He also knocked down five of his eight free throw attempts to give him 12 points, along with a pair of assists and one steal.
Senior Malachi Myles had another impressive outing, leading the team with 10 rebounds. Myles, despite being one of the smaller guys on the floor, has an incredible knack for pulling in offensive rebounds, and this game was a great example of that, as he led the team with five offense boards. Myles also shot 3-6 from the field and 1-2 from the free throw line, adding seven points to a stellar outing.
Sophomore Theo McKelvey and junior DJ Wilkerson each scored as well for Sulphur Springs, combining for eight points between the two of them. McKelvey had six points and shot a perfect 3-3 from the field, while both of Wilkerson’s points came from the free throw line.
The win now pushes Sulphur Springs to 17-5 on the season and keeps their streak of not losing back-to-back games alive. This also marks the eighth time this season that the Wildcats have scored 70 or more points in a game. They are undefeated in such games so far.
Sulphur Springs actually has similar success even if you drop the point threshold a bit. If you look at just games in which the Wildcats have scored 60 or more points, their record now becomes 12-0.
They will look to finish the tournament on a strong note, as they face Rowlett at 12:30 p.m. today. Rowlett is a great example of the type of teams that Sulphur Springs has played in pre-district play, as Rowlett is a 6A school.
Earlier this offseason head coach Brandon Shaver spoke about wanting to play the biggest and toughest school’s they can, to help prepare themselves for when the district and postseason portions of the schedule arrive. Stay tuned to Front Porch News for a recap article of the 12:30 p.m. match between Sulphur Springs and Rowlett.