Sweetwater had the bet-ter district record coming into Tuesday’s 4-3A show-down, but previously win-less Snyder took charge from the start. The Lady Tigers never trailed at Mustang Gym en route to defeating the Lady Mustangs in very convincing fashion, 59-36.
Snyder (1-3 district, 10-9) established its superiority early on by going on a 10-0 run in the first quarter to take a 12-2 lead.
And after re-establishing a 10-point advantage a short time later, the Lady Tigers were in complete command, leading by 22 points at the end of the second and third quarters as Sweetwater dropped to 2-2 in district play and 7-10 for the season.
Sweetwater struggled not only from the field (13 of 41) but also at the free throw line, making just 10 of 29 attempts, and also had 22 turnovers, many of them early on when Snyder was jumping out to a big lead over the Lady Mustangs.
“Their press flustered us a little bit,” coach Al Miller said after the game. “I don’t think we were ready for their speed.”
Miller also admitted that the cold shooting hurt his team. “We settled down a bit in the second half, but free throws hurt us tonight. I told the girls it doesn’t matter if Snyder is 0-and-9,000, they’re going to treat this like a playoff game.”
Snyder was led by Lindzi Clemmer with 16 points, al-though much of it came on 9-of-13 free throw shooting, while six other players had at least five points. Shaneese Brown had nine points to lead Sweetwater. Taylor McPherson had seven, Maddie Jones six, Kayla Chowning five, Abby McPherson three and Hay-ley Brownlow, Nisha Wil-liams and Cierra Knox two.
Sweetwater faces an even tougher assignment Friday when it hosts first-place Wylie (4-0), which beat Greenwood on Tuesday.