Wylie gets pair of wins vs. SHS

By: 
Ron Howell
Sports Editor

Wylie is still in first place in the boys and girls District 5-4A basketball standings after a pair of victories over Sweetwater here Friday.
Wylie boys 76,
Sweetwater 45
Wylie, ranked No. 8 in Class 4A by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches, used a fourth-quarter surge to subdue a stubborn Sweetwater squad which held its own with the Bulldogs in the middle part of the contest.
Wylie (2-0 district, 22-3) went on a 15-0 run in jumping out to a 19-point lead, 28-9, in the second quarter.
Sweetwater held on, and it trimmed Wylie’s lead to 15, 34-19, at halftime and 48-33 entering the fourth quarter. Kobe Clark cut it to 48-35 at the start of the period, and the Mustangs had a chance to make it even closer with over seven minutes to play.
But Wylie basically ended any suspense with a 12-2 run that included two three-pointers, and won by 31.
Sweetwater, which is off this Tuesday, is now 1-2 in district and tied for third with Snyder, which lost its game on Friday against co-leader Brownwood 39-37.
J.L. Solis had 13 points, Clark 12, Kiante McCoy and Tristan Morrow six and Ky Hoover and Jackson Foster four each for the Mustangs.
Coach Bryan Loera said his team will spend all next week preparing to take on Brownwood (2-0) when it plays again here on Friday. “It’s by far the biggest district game for us yet,” the first-year mentor said.
Wylie girls 76,
Sweetwater 42
Early in the game, Wylie and Sweetwater went back and forth with five lead changes in the first period.
The fifth started a 14-0 Wylie run to go up 24-12, and this time the Lady Mustangs could not respond to the challenge as they fell to 1-3 in district play. Wylie is now 4-0 as it maintained a one-game lead over Brownwood (3-1).
Sweetwater got 21 points from Tavis Black to lead all scorers, and she received double-figure support from Jessica Poe with 13. Shavie Green (six) and Amber Knox (two) were the only other Lady Mustangs to score, though, while a total of 10 Wylie players had points. Lauren Fulenwider, with 20 points and six of Wylie’s 11 three-pointers, led the way.
Sweetwater is idle Tuesday before hosting Brownwood — which beat Snyder 69-37 — on Friday.
“We competed very well the first quarter,” said coach Devin Griffin. “But they had some big time required shots and we just dug ourselves into a hole that we couldn’t get out of.”

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