SW hoopsters have big nights, but teams come away with split

December 14, 2011

Sweetwater Mustang basketball highlights

Sweetwater’s Kaleb Hoo-ver and Alicia Finn both had big individual games on the road in non-district basketball action Tuesday, but only Finn’s team was able to pick up a victory.
Finn scored a career-high 30 points, and also grabbed 13 rebounds while getting five steals as Sweetwater defeated Lamesa, 51-44, thanks to a huge rally in the fourth quarter. A 21-8 finish allowed the Lady Mustangs to overcome a 36-3o deficit after three periods and get their third straight win.
Finn, a 6-0 senior post and three-year starter, made 11 field goals and hit eight of her 12 free throw attempts in helping her team rally from a 10-point deficit (31-21) at halftime.
The Lady Mustangs also played outstanding defense in the final two periods to help swing the momentum as they converted Lamesa turnovers into points on the other end. Sweetwater led by three with about a minute left and hit four free throws down the stretch to finish off a 31-13 comeback in the second half, while improving to 9-8 overall.
Giving Finn scoring help were Hayley Brownlow with five, Kendra Crosson and Candice Hernandez with four, Elise Lawrence with three, Kathleen Campbell and Shelby Cason with two and Kelsi Crosson with one. Kelsi Crosson also had several key steals in the second half that contributed to the victory, said coach Candice Wyatt. The freshman girls also won their game 58-42 as Cierra Knox scored 17, Claire Williams 13, Zanisha Williams 12, Bianca Castillo eight, Abby McPherson five and Lexi Castillo and Gabby Reyes two. Knox had eight rebounds and Zanisha Wil-liams had five steals.
At Breckenridge, Hoover’s 22 points for Sweetwater’s boys proved to be not nearly enough as the Mustangs lost, 50-32.
The Mustangs, now 5-9, were held to their lowest point total of the year as they never got untracked against the host Buckaroos, who led 17-6, 30-12 and 40-21 at the period breaks.
Taylor Jones and Gabriel Medellin had three points apiece for Sweetwater, while Tino Martinez and Anthony Palacios both scored two points. The boys host Bangs while the girls will travel to Ballinger on Friday.

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