The Wildcats’ basketball team wraps up the first half of district play against Lindale Friday night (January 25) at 7:30 p.m. in the Main Gym on the campus of Sulphur Springs High School. In the Main Gym, action begins at 5 p.m. as the Wildcats JV takes on the Eagles JV. Then the Lady Cats Varsity plays the Lady Eagles Varsity at 6:15 p.m. with the Wildcats Varsity game to follow.
The Wildcats, ranked #5 in Class 5A, come in with a district mark of 4-0. Their season record is 18-8. They have won their last two district games by two points and one point. The Wildcats are expected to play without their top two scorers. Keaston Willis has a small fracture in his right ankle and Sadaidriene Day Day Hall is in a concussion protocol. The Lindale Eagles are tied for third place in the district with a 2-2 district record and they are 20-6 for the season.
Wildcats Basketball Coach Clark Cipoletta noted that Lindale defeated Royse City by 20 points and played Texas High a good game. The Eagles also defeated Greenville and lost a close game to Mount Pleasant. Coach Cipoletta called the Eagles really solid, well coached and a fundamental team. He said they play well at both ends of the floor, take good shots and run a lot of sets. They have a 7-foot-1 post player. Coach Cipoletta said the Eagles have spacing and shooting and make up for not being the most athletic of teams by playing hard. Concerning having to play without Willis and Hall, Coach Cipoletta said his guys will have to step up and rise to the occasion.
The Lady Cats’ basketball team will be looking to end a two game district losing streak Friday evening as they play Lindale in the Main Gym at Sulphur Springs High School at around 6:15 p.m. The Lady Cats come into the contest in third place in the district standings with a 3-3 record. Their season mark is 21-6. The Lady Eagles are 1-5 in district play. The Lady Cats will be going for a sweep of the Lady Eagles in district play. The Lady Cats won at Lindale, 57-35 back on January 8. In that game Sadavia Porter had 19 points and Danielle Godbolt added 15 points.
In the SSHS Auxiliary Gym Friday, the Lady Cats JV will play the Lady Eagles JV and the Wildcats Freshmen Team plays the Lindale Freshmen Team with games starting at 5 p.m.
KSST will bring you all of the action of back to back Lady Cats and Wildcats games against Lindale beginning at around 6:15 p.m. It will come to you live on KSST Radio and by video streaming. There is a video link on the ksstradio.com website. The game will also be videotaped for replay later on Channel 18 on Suddenlink Cable.