After a 1-4 start this season, the Sweetwater High School girls basketball team won its second straight game here Tuesday by beating Clyde, 55-52.
Sweetwater (3-4), whose last three games were against Class 5A competition, was in a back-and-forth contest against Clyde until taking a 10-point lead (46-36) after three periods.
The Lady Mustangs then weathered a Clyde rally that cut its lead to three points in the fourth quarter. Junior guard Kinsey Browning had 17 points and senior post Taylor McKoy added 16, while Kendra Crosson had eight points, Suede Shirley seven, Alicia Finn six and Brittany Lashinski one. Finn had a team-high eight rebounds before fouling out in the fourth quarter, while Browning had five steals and McKoy and Shirley four. Crosson had four rebounds, while Shirley also dished out five assists and Browning three. In addition, Browning hit two 3-pointers and Shirley and McKoy one. But Sweet-waterâ€™s three-point edge actually came on free throws, as the team made 17 of 24 to Clydeâ€™s 14 of 19. Sweetwater is back in action at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Ballingerâ€™s three-day tournament (see schedules below).
Sweetwaterâ€™s sub-varsity teams also won Tuesday. The JV girls now have a 7-0 record after a 37-24 win and the freshmen girls (7-2) beat Wall 40-19.
The JV girls kept their record unscathed by getting 12 points from Kelsi Crosson, eight by Shelby Cason and Janell Walker, five by Elise Lawrence and two by Kathleen Campbell and Destiny Osteen.
The freshman girls, who led 23-6 at halftime and 34-10 after three quarters, were paced by Shaneese Brown with 16 points and Larissa Locklar with 14. Kayla Chowning and Taylor McPherson had three points and Micaela Reschman and Sydney Vanderbilt two.
The JV girls will play at Big Springâ€™s one-day tournament Saturday while the freshman girls are scheduled to play a single game at Roscoe on Friday.