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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.
But that dream quickly crumbled in the first 5 1/2 minutes of the third quarter, as Wylie went on a 17-1 run to seize control before Sweetwater got its first field goal of the half.
Wylie (5-0, 18-7) enjoyed a 50-26 lead after three periods, and had a 16-2 run over the final eight minutes to complete a 66-28 win.
Sweetwater (3-2, 17-11) now finds itself trailing not only Wylie but also Midland Greenwood (4-1), which is alone in second following a 49-32 win over Big Spring on Friday.
Against Wylie, the Lady Mustangs cut a 13-6 deficit late in the first quarter to a single point, 14-13, in the second quarter on consecutive 3-pointers by Suede Shirley and Kelsi Crosson, and made another mini-run in the final minute of the half before disaster hit.
â€śWe had six straight possessions with turnovers and they scored 13 points right off the bat, and we look up and weâ€™re down 20,â€ť coach Al Miller said in describing the start of the third period. â€śWe got a little lackadaisical even though we knew it would be an uphill battle.
â€śThey made that 3 to end the half, then the first 3-4 minutes of the third quarter did us in.â€ť
Sweetwater now has a key home game with Big Spring (2-3) on Tuesday and heads to Greenwood this Friday.
The Lady Mustangs were led by Shirley and Kelsi Crossonâ€™s eight points in Fridayâ€™s game.
Also scoring were Hayley Brownlow with five, Kendra Crosson with four, Janell Walker with two and Kayla Chowning with one.
â€śThe girls knew it would be a tough one tonight,â€ť said Miller, whose team has five games left until the season ends. â€śWeâ€™ve just got to put this one behind us.â€ť