With a 15-10 record and just eight games left, the Sweetwater High School girls basketball team has a good chance for its first above-.500 season in five years. But what the Lady Mustangs would like even more is to reach the state playoffs for the first time since 2005. They can take a step toward that goal by beating Snyder (14-7) in todayâ€™s District 5-3A opener at Mustang Gym.
Sweetwater â€” which has won nine of its last 11 games â€” tips off at 6 p.m. following a JV girls game at 4:30 p.m. Sweetwaterâ€™s boys, who start district play at Abilene Wylie on Friday, host San Angelo Lake View at 7:30 today.
Despite a 55-47 loss at Mineral Wells on Friday, the girls have shown im-provement under head coach Jerry McSherry as evidenced by a 42-30 win on the road over 1A power Roby three days earlier. But the schedule is about to get even tougher with a district that also includes perennial power Wylie, as well as Big Spring, Brownwood and Snyder. Wylie made it to the state title game this past year.
In Fridayâ€™s game at Mineral Wells, senior Taylor McKoy led Sweet-water with 15 points while sophomore Suede Shirley had 11, including three 3-pointers, and sophomore Kendra Crosson 10.
The Sweetwater boys (6-13) lost at Ballinger 60-42 this past Friday despite 19 points by 6-8 senior post Paxton Kelley, while Class 4A Lake View (4-15) defeated Snyder 62-53 in its last outing.
Meanwhile, all six of the Nolan County teams outside Sweetwater have district games today.
The Roscoe boys will host Haskell in their In District 9-A, Division I opener and the girls (0-1) also try for their first district win when they start the twinbill. In District 12, Division II, Blackwellâ€™s teams host Water Valley while in District 11, both Highland teams travel to Westbrook. The High-land girls (4-1) trail only first-place Roby and lead third-place Loraine (3-1) by a half-game.