BIG SPRING â€” Desper-ately needing a win to have any realistic hopes of getting to the playoffs, visiting Sweetwater was down by just four points (26-22) against Big Spring after starting out the third quarter of Tuesdayâ€™s District 5-3A game with a 5-0 run.
But Big Spring answered that surge, which included a 3-pointer by Kendra Cros-son followed by Crossonâ€™s steal and layup, with a resounding run of its own. The Lady Steers (3-3) scored the next 23 points to put the game out of reach and claim a 53-31 victory.
Sweetwater, which fell to 1-5 with two games remain-ing, held four leads in the first half â€” the last (15-13) on Kinsey Browningâ€™s lay-up with 4:36 left before in-termission, until Big Spring ended the half with a 13-2 run to go ahead 26-17.
Sweetwater then came out firing in the third quarter behind the play of Crosson, who led the Lady Mustangs with 13 points, before hitting a drought that lasted until a free throw by Browning ended Big Springâ€™s run with 4:11 left. By then, Sweet-water trailed by 26 and the issue had been decided.
â€śI thought we played a pretty good first half,â€ť said coach Candice Wyatt. â€śWe rebounded better than we did the first time we played them. We just couldnâ€™t get our offense going the second half and the pressure by their press hurt us. But weâ€™ve got to keep our heads up. Weâ€™ve got two really tough games (Wylie and Brownwood) coming up.â€ť
Browning finished with eight points, but the other three starters totalled just five. Also scoring for Sweet-water were Janell Walker with four points, Candice Hernandez with three, Ali-cia Finn with two and Shel-by Cason with one. Crosson and Finn had six and five rebounds, respectively.
Browning, Crosson and Hernandez hit 3-pointers for the Lady Mustangs, who will travel to Wylie for their final road game Friday.