The Sweetwater girls bas-ketball team is a hard team to figure.
The Lady Mustangs came into Fridayâ€™s game against Greenwood â€” which is in second place behind only Wylie in District 4-3A â€” with three straight losses of between 23 and 35 points, and a 2-4 record.
To be sure, they seemed to be a far cry from the team that began District 4-3A ac-tion with a 44-40 win over Big Spring â€” state-ranked at the time â€” while winning two of their first three games. But they also lost at Greenwood, 66-18, after their stunning victory over Big Spring. And Sweetwater was coming off a 54-21 loss at Big Spring on Tuesday.
Few could have seen what was coming here Friday.
Coach Al Miller called it â€śthe best all-around game weâ€™ve played this year.â€ť
Just 17 days after the teamâ€™s most lopsided loss, the rematch could not have been more different as the Lady Mustangs shocked Greenwood, 53-47, to stay in a third-place tie with Snyder in District 4-3A and end its three-game losing streak. Snyder, Sweetwater and Big Spring are all 3-4 with three games left.
Big Spring didnâ€™t help the Lady Mustangsâ€™ cause on Friday, losing 49-40 against a Snyder team that will host Sweetwater this Friday.
Wylie (7-0) has a two-game lead over Greenwood (5-2) after its 70-28 win on Friday over last-place Monahans (0-7), which comes here for Sweetwaterâ€™s last home game Tuesday.
After taking a 2-0 lead against Greenwood on a hoop by Taylor McPherson, Sweetwater was in charge for most of the game. They had 18 points â€” their entire total in the first meeting â€” by the 7:31 mark of the sec-ond quarter, when Cierra Knox hit a 3-pointer to give Sweetwater an 18-11 lead.
Greenwood then tied the game, 19-19, when Regan Shockley hit a 3-pointer later in the period. Sweet-water fell behind 24-23 with 1:29 left, but responded to the adversity as McPherson scored with 29.4 to play to give Sweetwater a 25-24 halftime advantage over the Rangerettes.
After falling behind 26-25 to start the third quarter, Sweetwater used a 13-3 run to take its biggest lead over Greenwood, 38-29, only to see the lead cut to 38-34 by the end of the quarter.
The lead was still five over Greenwood (40-35) when Nisha Williams scored with 7:12 left, and Sweetwater withstood a final run after Greenwood tied it 45-45 on a three-point play by Oriana Ortiz with 2:47 to play in the game. Shaneese Brown hit a three-pointer to regain the lead, 48-45.
Greenwood cut the lead 48-47 with 1:48 left, but didnâ€™t score another point. The Lady Mustangs exten-ded the lead to 49-47 with 37.3 seconds left on a free throw by Kayla Chowning and a short time later Brown hit a layup for a 51-47 ad-vantage after forcing a turnover on a tie ball. Greenwood had several chances after that but Sweetwater nailed down the win when Brown â€” who was the teamâ€™s top scorer with 12 points â€” hit two free throws with 0.7 seconds to play. Sweetwater connected on eight 3-pointers to Greenwoodâ€™s one.