Mustangs, Lady ‘Stangs are both 4th at Ballinger

The Sweetwater boys and girls basketball teams both finished in fourth place at their respective weekend tournaments in Ballinger.Sweetwater’s boys (2-3) lost to Clyde 59-46 in their third-place game Saturday. Deandre Gatson led Sweet-water with 16 points.The Mustangs had defea-ted Hawley 43-29 to open the tournament on Thurs-day and advanced to Frid-ay’s semifinal before losing to Ballinger 50-48. Jim Ned won the title by defeating Ballinger 63-29 on Satur-day. Two Sweetwater play-ers were named to the all-tournament team — junior Dylan Bennett and sopho-more Rhett Torres.Meanwhile, Sweetwater’s girls got their fourth-place finish by winning three of their six games at Ballinger’s tournament. On Saturday, the Lady Mustangs (7-5) nipped Llano 31-29 in their first game before losing an equally close game to Bal-linger 30-28 in their finale.Kendra Crosson and Elise Lawrence had 10 and nine points, respectively, to pace Sweetwater’s victory ag-ainst Llano while against Ballinger, Sweetwater was led by Crosson again as she scored 13 points. Both Sweetwater teams will go to Merkel on Tues-day and will play at tourn-aments in Stanton Thursday through Saturday.