SNYDER — SHS basketball teams enjoyed a big night on Tuesday. But it was the Snyder High School squads who came away with victories as the host Tigers and Lady Tigers teamed up to sweep a District 5-3A doubleheader against Sweetwater.
Snyder’s girls improved to 2-3 in district (16-9 overall) with a 56-40 win, while the boys romped to a 71-33 victory over Sweetwater for their first district win.
For the Lady Mustangs, Tuesday’s defeat was a setback to their playoff hopes.
Sweetwater (1-4, 16-14) is now a full game behind Snyder and trails Big Spring (1-3), which played out of district Tuesday, by a half-game in what shapes up as a three-team race for the No. 3 and final playoff berth in 5-3A.
Sweetwater, which has three games left, receives an open date on Friday, giving the team extra time to prepare for a huge matchup next Tuesday when the Lady Mustangs host Big Spring.
Kendra Crosson’s basket gave Sweetwater an early 2-0 lead on Tuesday, and hoops by Taylor McKoy and Alicia Finn pushed the Lady Mustangs’ advantage to 10-7 later in the period. But it soured quickly after that as Snyder went on an 11-0 run over the final 3:18 of the quarter for an 18-10 lead and never looked back in beating Sweetwater for the second time in 5-3A play.
The Lady Tigers led 32-24 at halftime and were up by 13 points, 45-32, after three periods. Snyder led by 19 points on three different occasions in the final quarter, as Sweetwater was scoreless from the field until the final seconds.
Finn scored 10 points to pace the Lady Mustangs despite fouling out with 6:20 left in the game, while Kendra Crosson had nine and Kinsey Browning eight. Taylor McKoy, who also fouled out in the fourth quarter, and Brittany Lashinski had four points, Kelsi Crosson three and Candice Hernandez two.
Snyder was paced by Jacoree Brooks’ 14 points, while Xalee Northcutt had 11 and Jentri Driggers and Karissa Medina nine.
Snyder boys 71,
Sweetwater boys 33
Paxton Kelley scored seven of Sweetwater’s first nine points, the last two giving his team a 9-8 lead with 4:34 left in the first quarter. But Snyder (1-2, 11-8) scored the last 10 points of the period for an 18-9 lead, and was ahead by 14 (23-9) before Sweetwater ended its drought early in the second quarter. But it was 38-16 by intermission, and the Tigers were up 51-28 after three periods before pouring it on with a 20-5 flourish over the final eight minutes.
Sweetwater, which fell to 0-4 in district and 6-18 for the season, had only one player — Kelley with 14 points — in double figures and he scored just four in the second half. Taylor Jones had nine points for the Mustangs while Dylon Adames and Gabe Medellin each scored four points and Tino Martinez and Ryan Mercer had one. Kelley, a 6-8 post, hit two 3-pointers for Sweetwater.
Sweetwater takes a break from district competition Friday, then begins the second half of play by hosting Big Spring next Tuesday.
The Sweetwater freshman boys and junior varsity girls continued their winning ways Tuesday. The freshman boys won, 52-41, to go 16-2 overall, 3-1 in district. The JV girls, meanwhile, pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 52-38 victory after leading just 36-33 after three quarters and being tied, 23-23, at halftime and 14-14 after one quarter. The Lady Mustangs improved their season record to 22-2, and they are now 4-1 in district thanks to Tuesday’s strong finish.
Elise Lawrence scored 14 points to lead Sweetwater, while Shelby Cason and Janell Walker had 12 points to give the team three double-figure scorers. Also scoring were Kathleen Campbell with six, Larissa Locklar with five, Destiny Osteen with three and Ashley Kin-cheloe with two.
Kaleb Hoover scored 21 points to lead the freshman boys. Dylan Bennett had 11 points, Deandre Gatson eight, Marquees Jenkins and Tre Taylor four and Johnathan Browning and Michael McCoy two for the Ponies.