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January 23rd, 2013
To say Sweetwater and Big Spring have been even-ly matched district rivals this season might qualify as an understatement.
The Lady Mustangs had to survive two last-second Big Spring shot attempts to pull out a 35-33 victory at Big Spring in the teamsâ€™ district 0pener Jan. 4.
But on Tuesday, it was the Lady Steers turn to deal some heartache as they held on for a 41-40 overtime win at Mustang Gym, leaving both teams 3-3 and tied for third in District 4-3A with four games left.
Prior to last Fridayâ€™s game at Wylie, the Sweetwater boys had won eight of nine games while scoring 6o or more points in three of their first four games of 2013.
But the Mustangs (12-10, 1-3) have faltered offensive-ly of late, managing just 64 total points in their last two contests. And after a 49-39 loss to Big Spring here on Tuesday, Sweetwater badly needs to regain its shooting touch in a hurry if it hopes to be a factor in District 4-3A play.
Nolan County teams went 3-for-4 in District 13-A, Division II basketball play on Tuesday.
Highlandâ€™s teams swept their doubleheader at home vs. Westbrook. However, Roscoeâ€™s teams had to set-tle for a split against Herm-leigh in their twinbill, with the girls getting the win.
Led by a sensational 34-point effort from Sierra Allen, the Highland girls pulled away in the second half to beat Westbrook 56-33 and move to 6-0 in district. Highland led just 28-24 at halftime.
When Sweetwaterâ€™s teams play host to Big Spring today at Mustang Gym, both ends of the District 4-3A double-header will be critical for the home team.
The 3-2 girls need a win over 2-3 Big Spring to avoid falling into a third-place tie, while the 1-2 boys will try to keep Big Spring (0-3) win-less in district and possibly gain a third-place tie with Greenwood (2-1), which will travel to 3-0 Monahans.
Members of the 2012-13 Sweetwater freshman girls basketball team are, standing from left, Ashley Parker, Elita Williams, Morgan Rudel, Hanna Hayes, Marissa Moncada, Caroline Guelker, Mickenzie Brownlow, Marissa Sanchez, head coach Jessica Withrow; seated, Payton Moore, Alaina Andrews, Abby Garcia, Kristi Ward, Kristen Brown.
This yearâ€™s team has a 10-6 overall record and ended the first half of District 4-3A play with a 3-2 mark. The Lady Mustangs begin the second half of district by hosting Big Spring at 7:30 p.m. today.
Sweetwaterâ€™s junior var-sity girls basketball team has a perfect 19-0 record entering todayâ€™s 5 p.m. game with Big Spring after winning 38-24 at Wylie this past Friday.
Cierra Knox had 14 points to lead Sweetwater (5-0 in district play), which led 16-12 at halftime and outscored Wylie 14-5 in the third quarter to open a 30-17 lead. Abby McPherson scored seven, Shaneese Brown six, Maddie Jones five, Bianca Castillo four and Nisha Williams two.
Sweetwaterâ€™s girls scored 24 points to win the team title at the season-opening powerlifting meet Thursday in Big Spring, beating out Colorado City (23 points) and Big Spring (22).
The Sweetwater boys also went to Big Spring and fin-ished with 22 points for fourth place. Lake View won the division with 45 points.
The only weight class winner for the Sweetwater girls was Nay Gonzales, who lifted a total of 560 pounds in the 220-pound class.
ABILENE â€” A convincing Sweetwater victory at Snyder on Tuesday, coupled with Wylieâ€™s surprisingly-narrow win at Greenwood, gave the Mustangs hope they could put up a tough fight here Friday.
But the No. 5 Bulldogs had other ideas.
While Sweetwater jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, Wylie was relentless after gaining the upper hand as it rolled to a 76-25 win.
ABILENE â€” For a half, the Sweetwater girls were competitive against No. 18-ranked Wylie on Friday on the Lady Bulldogsâ€™ home floor, trailing by just seven (26-19) as they went to the dressing room.
At that point, the Lady Mustangsâ€™ dream of pulling into a first-place tie with Wylie â€” which actually led by just four points, 23-19, until hitting a 3-pointer just before halftime â€” in District 4-3A seemed possible.
The Highland and Roscoe girls were big winners on the court in District 13-A, Division II basketball action Friday as they won by 54 and 49 points, respectively, against outmatched foes.
The Highland and Roscoe boys, however, lost games by a total of seven points.
Just how dominant have the Highland girls been in district play so far? The Lady Hornets ended the first half of the schedule Friday with an average winning margin of more than 41 points.