Estacado girls pull away in 3rd quarter to defeat S’water

Ron Howell
Sports Editor

In Tuesday’s game at Mustang Gym, the Sweetwater girls stayed close to Lubbock Estacado for the first two-thirds of the contest despite being at a noticeable height and rebounding disadvantage.
But those factors, plus the 1-2 scoring punch of Tye Perryman and C’Kyra Sims, eventually did in the Lady Mustangs as Estacado won, 71-56, in the final non-district game for Sweetwater before the holiday break.
Sweetwater trailed by nine, 23-14, in the first minute of the second quarter but rallied near the end of the half. The Lady Mustangs tied it at 31-31 on a layup by Tavis Black and trailed by just three, 36-33, at intermission.
But Estacado began to pull away again in the late stages of the third quarter, using an 11-2 run for a 13-point (59-46) advantage, en route to the win.
Sweetwater, which is now 4-14, was hurt by the Perryman-Sims duo, which combined for 51 of the Lady Matadors’ points. Perryman finished with 27 points and Sims 24 for Estacado, which was in Sweetwater’s district before the last UIL realignment in 2016.
Black led Sweetwater with 20 points and Shavie Green had 15 for the Lady Mustangs, who were 19-of-33 on free throws to Estacado’s 11-of-21, but were outscored 60-37 from the field. Also scoring points were Jessica Poe with eight, Amber Knox with seven and Kyla Daniel and Jazzy Villa with three apiece.
Coach Devin Griffin said that Estacado’s superior height and rebounding eventually wore down Sweetwater. “Their coach has done a very good job,” Griffin said. “I told the girls we have to maintain (a high level) for four quarters. We can’t have a bad quarter against a good team.”
The Lady Mustangs will return from the break on Dec. 27-28 to be in Anson’s two-day holiday tournament. The first 2018 game is at home Jan. 2 against Ira, which is Sweetwater's final non-district game.
The team's first District 5-4A game is the following Tuesday, Jan. 9, at Brownwood.