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A three-game gauntlet against Class 5A foes is finally over for the Sweetwater girls basketball team.
Tuesdayâ€™s 46-27 loss to Abilene Cooper was the Lady Mustangsâ€™ third in a row after a 3-0 start. The Lady Coogs held Sweetwa-ter to just eight field goals and its lowest point total of the young season.
Sweetwater started well, hitting three first-quarter field goals in a 26-second span to take a 6-3 lead, and trailed just 11-9 at the end of the period. But Cooper held the Lady Mustangs to just one field goal over the next two periods, outscoring them 26-8 to take a 20-point lead (37-17) into the fourth quarter.
Sweetwater rallied some-what at the start of the final period, but the Lady Mus-tangs â€” coming off losses to Abilene High and San Angelo Central â€” never got closer than 14 points.
Alicia Finn led Sweetwa-ter with 12 points and Candice Hernandez had eight, including two three-pointers. Kendra Crosson had four points, Suede Shirley two and Kelsi Crosson one. The Lady Mustangs donâ€™t play again until Nov. 29 at Clyde.
Coach Candice Wyatt said the holiday break will be helpful for her team.
â€śThe hustle was there tonight,â€ť she said. â€śWe just werenâ€™t executing. We didnâ€™t shoot the ball as much as usual, and when we did, it didnâ€™t go in. Weâ€™re a little tired after playing two nights in a row.â€ť
Sweetwater won the sub-varsity games, however. The freshmen are now 6-1 after beating Cooper 48-41, while the junior varsity (5-1) escaped with a 32-31 victory on a last-second shot by Kayla Chowning.
Shaneese Brown had 11 points and Chowning nine for the JV, which led 19-10 at halftime. Mikki Resch-man had four and Maddie Jones, Larissa Locklar, Sydney Vanderbilt and Tay-lor McPherson all scored two for the Lady Mustangs.
Claire Williams scored 26 points for the freshmen, half of them in the third quarter when Sweetwater outscored Cooper 17-7 to break a 19-19 halftime deadlock.
Cierra Knox and Lexi Castillo had eight points, while Abby McPherson had four and Bianca Castillo two. Both Sweetwater teams also play again Nov. 29.