ABILENE — After going scoreless up to that point, Sweetwater’s Candice Hernandez was fouled and made both free throws with less than a second to play, giving the Lady Mustangs to a dramatic 43-42 win over Class 5A Abilene Cooper on Tuesday night.
Kinsey Browning scored 15 points and Alicia Finn added 12 points and a team-high 10 rebounds for Sweet-water (2-4), which ended a four-game losing streak with the victory.
Browning finished with four 3-pointers in the game. Her last trey got Sweet-water within 42-41 and set the stage for Hernandez’s game-winning free throws.
Lady Mustang coach Jerry McSherry said Hernandez is one of the team’s best free throw shooters. “She was pretty clutch,” he admitted.
So was the defense, which forced a turnover to get the last possession. Browning drove the lane as time ran down before feeding Hernandez, who was fouled and sank her free throws with .68 left to give Sweet-water the win.
The Lady Mustangs had a big edge at the line for the game, making 12 of 20 free throws to Cooper’s 2 of 8.
The winless Lady Coogs (0-5) jumped out to a 13-10 lead at the end of the first quarter, but Sweetwater led 23-20 at halftime and 32-30 after three quarters. Cooper came into the game averaging just 24.7 points a game and just one night earlier had been beaten by Ballinger, 42-13.
Also scoring for Sweetwa-ter were Taylor McKoy with seven points, Suede Shirley with five and Aubra Hendrix with two. McKoy had eight rebounds and Hendrix four; Hendrix had four assists; Browning and Suede Shirley had four steals; and Shirley also had a three-pointer.
C-City girls 40,
Roscoe girls 37
Colorado City held off the Roscoe girls (1-3) Tuesday despite 14 points by Sara Kingston. Also scoring for Roscoe were Kim Norris with nine points, Lynnsi Moses and Lindsey Wil-liams with four and Jacinda Morales, Carolina Perez and Kaitlinn Reed with two.
Roscoe trailed 10-6 after one quarter but outscored Colorado City 12-3 in the second quarter for an 18-13 lead, and led 27-23 after three periods.
Highland girls 54,
Spur girls 40
Highland (2-3) got its second straight win after an 0-3 start. Callie Sandusky (22) and Kara Hughey (11) led the way. Jessica McCain had eight, Shyan Womack six, Sierra Allen four and Lora Stewart three.
Spur boys 69,
Highland boys 13
Highland’s boys (0-3) were led by Landon Row-lett’s eight points while Andrews scored four.