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BIG SPRING â€” An en-couraging 2-1 start in district play for the Sweetwater girls basketball team began with the Lady Mustangsâ€™ stunning 44-40 home win on Jan. 3 over Big Spring in their District 4-3A opener.
But Tuesdayâ€™s rematch at Big Spring saw Sweetwater unable to repeat that magic. Instead, the team suffered its third straight defeat.
Big Spring won big, 54-21, looking like a team that was state-ranked until recently. Sweetwater (2-4, 7-12) was held to 8-of-35 shooting by Big Spring, which improved to 3-3 in district, 16-7 for the season.
In the teamsâ€™ first meet-ing, the Lady Mustangs led most of the way and were able to answer every chal-lenge thrown their way. But on Tuesday, the Lady Steers led 12-0 before Sweetwater scored its first points. It was 27-7 at halftime and 43-15 after three quarters.
Big Spring had three play-ers score in double figures, led by Dyrshae Vanderbilt with 13 points. Sweetwater, held to its second-lowest point total of the season, was led by Maddie Jones with five points. Also scoring on Tuesday for the team were Kayla Chowning with four points, Hayley Brownlow and Taylor McPherson with three and Abby McPherson, Shaneese Brown and Cierra Knox with two. Sweetwater faces another tough game on Friday. when the team hosts Greenwood (5-1) to begin its final homestand of the season.