SW plays Merkel closer, but still loses first-round games

Two days after suffering lopsided defeats at Merkel, Sweetwater’s boys and girls basketball teams got first-round rematches Thursday at the Stanton tournament and this time, both of the games were much closer.But Merkel still won the boys game, 45-43, in overtime and also defeated the Sweetwater girls 35-30.The Mustangs (4-5) were to play either Tahoka or Midland Classical at 3 p.m. today, while the Lady Mustangs (6-8) faced Midland Chris-tian this morning in their consolation semifinal.Paxton Kelley scored 16 points and Dylon Adames 14 for the Mustangs against Merkel, which scored the only two points in overtime to break a 43-all tie at the end of regulation. Sweetwa-ter forced the extra period by outscoring Merkel 10-6 in the fourth quarter.The Sweetwater girls, meanwhile, outscored Mer-kel 15-12 in the second half of their first-round rematch but couldn’t overcome a 23-15 deficit at halftime. Alicia Finn led Sweetwater with 12 points and Taylor McKoy had seven.Callie Sandusky scored 17 points and Sierra Allen 10 to lead Highland’s girls (5-6) to a 56-29 win over Rotan in Thursday’s first round game at the Highland tournament and Highland’s boys (1-8) got their first win Thursday by defeating Rotan, 37-17, as Landon Rowlett had 12 points. At the same tourna-ment, Roscoe’s girls lost to Sands 26-25 and Roscoe’s boys lost to Sands 54-31.