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Sweetwater fell behind 22-10 at Abernathy in the teamsâ€™ non-district girls basketball game Tuesday in part because of difficulties handling the press.
Though the Lady Mus-tangs were able to close the gap to six points in the sec-ond period, they never com-pletely recovered and lost the game, 66-51.
â€śWe had 24 turnovers,â€ť said Sweetwater coach Al Miller, whose teamâ€™s record dropped to 2-3. â€śWe kind of shot ourselves in the foot and we got outhustled a bit. They were a little quicker than we were.â€ť
Abernathy (5-1) still led by 12 points, 36-24, at half-time and was up 55-35 after three periods. Shaneese Brown (14 points) was the only Sweetwater player to score in double figures.
Abby McPherson, Hay-ley Brownlow and Kayla Chowning each finished the game with seven points, while Bianca Castillo and Taylor McPherson had six points and Nisha Williams and Maddie Jones two.
â€śIt was little things that got us,â€ť Miller said. â€śJust basic basketball. Weâ€™d turn it over a couple of times, then break (the press) three or four times in a row, then turn it over twice. We were never consistent.â€ť
Despite 17 points from Kensi Chowning and 10 by Abby Garcia, Sweetwaterâ€™s JV girls (2-3) also came up short in their game Tues-day, losing to Abernathyâ€™s JV girls 46-38. Marissa Sanchez had four points, Jasmine Reddic three and Gabby Fuentes and Payton Moore two apiece.
Both Sweetwater teams will entertain Merkel next Tuesday, along with Sweet-waterâ€™s freshman girls.