The Sweetwater boys basketball team unveiled a new lineup against first-place Wylie here Monday as a pair of recent JV callups, Ryan Linebaugh and Kyle McSherry, started for the first time. The Mustangs also got a 20-point effort for the second straight game from junior guard Taylor Jones, who had 22 after dropping a season-high 28 on Big Spring just two nights earlier.
Sweetwater coach Al Hunt had to shuffle his lineup since two players were unavailable for Monday’s makeup game due to a previously-scheduled event while another was too sick to play. That left the Mustangs with seven available bodies, half as many as Wylie, which won 80-47 to improve to 6-0 in District 5-3A. Sweetwater — which will play again at Brownwood (2-3) today starting at 6:30 p.m. — dropped to 0-6.
Sweetwater led just once, 3-2, when Paxton Kelley con-verted a three-point play in the opening minute of the contest. But the visiting Bulldogs ran off the next nine points en route to a 22-12 lead after one quarter. The lead kept growing from there, as Wylie led 39-20 at halftime and enjoyed a 63-38 advantage after three periods.
After today, Sweetwater gets another break until ending its season by hosting Snyder next Tuesday. Kelley finished with 11 points, while Linebaugh had seven, McSherry five and Ryan Mercer two.
“We played hard,” said Hunt. “But we played with seven and they played with 14. But I was proud of the effort by the guys we had on the floor.”