Sweetwater and Roscoe used big fourth-quarter rallies to claim season-opening wins in area girls basketball action Tuesday.
Sweetwater opened up by going to nearby Highland and the Lady Mustangs won, 42-37, after overcoming a nine-point deficit late in the third quarter. Sweetwater finished the game on a 16-2 run. Kendra Crosson had a game-high 23 points to pace Sweetwater, while Highland was led by Hannah Allen with 10 points and Sierra Allen with eight.
Highland sent a boys and girls team while Roscoe sent an individual girls runner to the Region II-A cross country meet held last Saturday in Arlington and they all fared well, although none were able to advance to this weekâ€™s state meet.
Their results follow:
(18th out of 24 teams;
176 individual runners)
19. Sheldon Hall 18:33.04
60. Eli Shelton 19:49.74
140. Brenden Huckabee 22:41.83
146. Jeremy Hall 22:51.94
148. Kevin Box 23:04.94
(9th out of 24 teams;
185 individual runners)
38. Lora Stewart 13:34.89
43. Beth Richburg 13:52.32
Ex-Sweetwater High School athlete Alicia Finn will play for the Hardin-Simmons Uni-versity womenâ€™s basketball team this season.
Finn, a 6-0 fresh-man center, twice won first team all-district and second-team all-Big Country honors in basketball at SHS.
HSU opens its season on Nov. 16 by playing Chapman University in Redlands, Calif. The teamâ€™s first home game will be played on Nov. 29 against the University of the Ozarks in Arkansas.
A few Nolan County girls basketball teams tip off to-day, with Sweetwater and Highland facing each other at Highlandâ€™s gym at 6:30 p.m. A JV game starting at 5 p.m. is also on tap.
Roscoeâ€™s girls host Eula today in their season open-er, with the varsity game at 6:15 p.m. after the JV game at 5. Sweetwaterâ€™s freshman girls also host Midland Christian at 5 p.m. today.
7th grade Red 36, Monahans 0
Kiante McCoy, Andrew Melendez, Michael Green, Christopher Thompson and Isak Alvarez scored touch-downs as Sweetwater Red stayed unbeaten at 7-0.
McCoy (60 yards), Green (85 yards), Thompson (20 yards) and Alvarez (15 yards) all had touchdown runs while Melendez caught a 30-yard scoring pass from Thompson. Also, Green had a pair of PAT runs and Kobe Clark one.
TUESDAY, NOV. 6
Sweetwater JV girls play at Highland (season opener for both teams), 5 p.m.
Sweetwater varsity girls at Highland (season opener for both teams), 6:30 p.m.
Sweetwater freshman girls host Midland Christian (season opener), 5 p.m.
Roscoe JV girls host Eula (season opener), 5 p.m.
Roscoe varsity girls host Eula (season opener), 6:15 p.m.
THURSDAY, NOV. 8
Sweetwater JV girls play at Coleman tournament through Saturday, Nov. 10.
Sweetwater 7th grade teams play at Wylie, 4 and 5:15 p.m.
For three quarters, Sweet-water looked like anything but an underdog Friday in its District 4-3A showdown with the Monahans Loboes, piling up a 35-14 advantage that could probably have been even larger.
But the Mustangsâ€™ dream of taking a giant step tow-ard their first playoff berth in four years took a drastic turn in the fourth quarter and resulted in a nightmar-ish finish at Mustang Bowl.
Instead of a Sweetwater blowout, Monahans rose up to score 25 unanswered points and leave the Bowl with a stunning 39-35 win, clinching a postseason spot for the Loboes (5-4 overall, 3-1 in 4-3A).