SAN ANGELO â€” The Sweetwater boys won their seventh straight game on Tuesday, but just barely. The Mustangs escaped with a thrilling 60-58 road win at San Angelo Lake View to improve to 11-7 overall.
Kaleb Hoover scored a season-high 23 points, including a tie-breaking layup as time ran out, to give Sweetwater the victory in its final tuneup for the start of District 4-3A action that begins Friday.
Sweetwater led 47-37 en-tering the fourth quarter after outscoring Lake View 24-13 in the third stanza, but the Chiefs rallied and tied it at 58 on a 3-pointer with 14 seconds left.
Sweetwaterâ€™s junior varsity girls made it 16 straight wins without a loss here on Tuesday as the Lady Mus-tangs crushed Greenwood, 53-23, to also improve to 2-0 in district play.
Shaneese Brown had 14 points and Bianca Castillo and Maddie Jones 10 for Sweetwater, while Cierra Knox had seven, Lexi Cast-illo five, Abby McPherson four, Morgan Whitley two and Nisha Williams one. The team also won 45-32 in its district opener at Big Spring on Friday as Brown scored 18, McPherson 12, Knox and Jones four, Jasmine Reddic three and Bianca Castillo two.
Sweetwaterâ€™s Lady Mustangs resume play with an early district showdown at home against Greenwood at 7:30 today in the main high school gym after winning their opener at Big Spring. The freshman girls will play at 5 p.m. and the Junior Varsity girls will play at 6:30 p.m., both games at Sweetwater Middle School.
Sweetwater and Greenwood are two of three 1-0 teams in District 4-3A along with Wylie, which plays at Monahans today.
TUESDAY, JAN. 8
Sweetwater girls host Greenwood â€” JV at 5 p.m., varsity at 6:15 p.m., freshmen at 7:30 p.m.
Sweetwater boys at Lake View â€” freshmen & JV at 6:30 p.m. (Junior High gyms), varsity at 8 p.m. (High School gym)
Roscoe JV and varsity girls host Westbrook, 5 and 6:15 p.m.
Highland JV and varsity girls will host Ira starting at 5 p.m.
Highland varsity boys at Paint Creek, 8 p.m.
Blackwell JV boys and varsity teams at Bronte starting at 5 p.m.
THURSDAY, JAN. 10
Sweetwater 7th and 8th grade â€˜Aâ€™ and â€˜Bâ€™ girls play at San Angelo Lincoln, 5 and 6 p.m.
BIG SPRING â€” Visiting Sweetwater out-scored Big Spring in only one of the four eight-minute quarters the teams played when they opened District 4-3A basketball play on Friday.
Still, the Lady Mustangs did just enough to outlast the Lady Steers, 35-33, in a game that was in doubt until the final seconds.
Sweetwaterâ€™s big quarter came in the second when it blanked Big Spring 12-0 to take a 20-11 halftime lead.
But the Lady Mustangs actually ran off 19 straight points â€” beginning late in the first quarter and ending early in the third stanza â€” to turn an 11-5 deficit into a 24-11 advantage.
The Roscoe and Highland girls tipped off District 13-A, Division II basketball play with lopsided victories on the road Friday.
Roscoe routed Hermleigh 75-34, while Highland was a 53-21 winner at Westbrook. Roscoe and Highland share the early district lead with Ira, which beat Loraine 63-41 in its opener.
The 75 points was the highest output of the season for the Plowgirls (12-8), whose 41-point victory just missed equalling a season-best margin. Individually, Roscoe got scoring from nine different players.
Sweetwater High School will honor its 2012 fall sports athletes with a banquet Thursday, Jan. 10 starting at 6 p.m. The banquet will be held at the Nolan County Coliseum annex.
Athletes in football, cross country and volleyball will be recognized for their hard work and dedication.
Also, Sweetwaterâ€™s cheerleaders and trainers will be introduced and thanked for their support.
A highlight video will be shown at the banquet and the Mustang Booster Club will also have a silent auction during the banquet to support the athletes.
Six senior football athletes from Sweetwater and two from Roscoe have garnered academic all-state recogni-tion from the Texas High School Coaches Association. The eight athletes are listed:
Alex Garcia: Class 3A, 2nd team
Kyle Lambert: Class 3A, 2nd team
Ryan Linebaugh: Class 3A, 2nd team
Cole Maxwell: Class 3A, 2nd team
Sean Morrow: Class 3A, 2nd team
Nick Nemir: Class 3A, Honorable mention
Jose Rangel: Class 1A, Division 2; 1st team
Brant Burnett: Class 1A, Division 2; Honorable mention
Sweetwater girls at Big Spring (district openers) â€” JV at 5 p.m., varsity at 6:15 p.m., freshmen at 7:30 p.m.
Roscoe JV and varsity girls at Hermleigh (district openers), 5 and 6:15 p.m.
Highland varsity girls at Westbrook (district opener), 6:30 p.m.
Highland varsity boys host Paint Creek, 6:30 p.m.
Blackwell JV boys and varsity teams host Robert Lee starting at 5 p.m.
The start of a new year means the high school bas-ketball season is about to enter the critical stage.
Thatâ€™s certainly true for Nolan County as girls teams from Sweetwater, Highland and Roscoe all begin district play tonight.
Sweetwater (14-9) plays at Big Spring (11-10) start-ing at 6:15 p.m. It will be the first game of 2013 for the Lady Mustangs, who have been idle since going 2-2 at the Slaton tournament this past weekend.
Sweetwater opened the tournament with victories over Tahoka (52-30) and Petersburg (48-33), but lost to Slaton 49-32 and Whitharral 44-22 in its last two games.