BIG SPRING — Going into a hostile gym and faced with an almost must-win situation Tuesday, the Sweetwater High School girls basketball team came through with one of its best games of the season.
Getting a team-high 16 points from Kinsey Brown-ing and Taylor McKoy, the Lady Mustangs streaked to their first District 5-3A win of the season as they routed Big Spring, 59-35, on the Lady Steers’ home floor.
Browning, a 5-3 guard, hit a two and then a 3-pointer to give Sweetwater a 5-0 lead less than a minute in, and the Lady Mustangs (16-12 overall) never looked back as they improved to 1-2 in district. Sweetwater is now tied for third place with Snyder, which lost 57-31 to Wylie on Tuesday.
Big Spring (0-3, 15-6) was never closer than four after Sweetwater’s big start and the last time came when it cut the lead to 20-16 early in the second quarter.
But Browning connected on back-to-back treys at that point, sparking a 9-0 run that effectively put the game away. Sweetwater led 31-18 at halftime, and built its lead to 29 twice in the fourth quarter, the last time on a trey by Candice Hernandez to make it 59-30 with 2:35 to play.
Browning scored 14 of her points in the opening half, while McKoy had 12 of her total in the second half to keep Big Spring from getting back in the game.
Browning hit four of Sweetwater’s seven 3s, with Suede Shirley making two and Hernandez one. Both Hernandez and 5-11 post Alicia Finn had nine points, while Shirley scored six and Kendra Crosson three.
The Lady Mustangs have another big game Friday, when they return home to take on Brownwood (2-1) at Mustang Gym.