Sweetwaterâ€™s basketball teams split non-district games with Colorado City on Tuesday, with the girls playing at Mustang Gym and the boys on the road.
The girls improved to 10-9 on Tuesday as they came away with a solid 54-39 victory, but the boys (5-11) fell 47-45. The local teams are off until they play in holiday tournaments at Breckenridge and Anson, respectively, that are sched-uled to begin Dec. 28.
A decisive 35-15 advan-tage in the middle periods keyed the girlsâ€™ victory as moved back over .500 for the season. Colorado City led 11-10 after one period, but Sweetwater was up by six points (28-22) at the half and won the third stanza 17-4 for a 45-26 lead, allowing them to coast to a relatively easy win. Suede Shirley led Sweetwater with 12 points. Kendra Crosson had 11, Candice Hernandez nine, Kinsey Browning sev-en, Alicia Finn six, Kelsi Crosson four, Janell Walker two and Hayley Brownlow, Kathleen Campbell and Shelby Cason one. Also, Shirley had nine steals and four assists. But the boys came up short against a Wolves team that they had defeated 49-47 when the squads met in Sweetwater, on a buzzer-beating shot by Taylor Jones on Nov. 21.
Despite 23 points by Kal-eb Hoover in the rematch, the Mustangs were unable to get back in the winning column. Colorado City was up 9-7 after the first quarter and stretched its lead to seven points (20-13) at half-time before Sweetwater cut it to two (33-31) after three periods. Dylon Adames had 14 points and Dylan Bennett and Jones four each.