Thanks largely to a pair of big scoring runs — one in each half — Sweetwater gave Candice Wyatt a successful debut as head girls basketball coach here on Tuesday, as the Lady Mustangs held on to beat Highland 40-30.
With the game tied 11-11 early in the second quarter, Sweetwater ran off 15 straight points en route to a commanding 26-12 halftime advantage.
Highland trimmed the lead to eight, 27-19, mid-way through the third period but Sweetwater got hot again, launching a 12-0 run — capped by a 3-pointer by Candice Hernandez — to increase its lead to 39-19 and all but secure the win, though Highland used a late 11-1 run to make the final score more respectable. Sweetwater also won last year’s all-Nolan County opener in Highland, 57-45.
Sweetwater outscored the Lady Hornets 21-10 in the middle two periods Tuesday. Wyatt was “very pleased” afterward, though she admitted there is room for improvement.
“We’ve got some ground to cover before district,” she said. “We’ve got to get in better shape. We had our moments of intensity, and also a few breakdowns. But it’s early in the season and that stuff is correctable.”
Kendra Crosson scored 10 points to pace Sweetwater while Kinsey Browning finished with nine, Alicia Finn eight, Hayley Brownlow five and Hernandez and Shelby Cason four. Brownlow also hit a 3-pointer.
Highland was led by Sier-ra Allen’s 10 points while Kara Hughey had eight and Lora Stewart, who sank two treys, had seven. Jessica McCain had four points and Beth Richburg one. Sweet-water’s JV also won, 55-9, in its season opener on Tuesday with 12 different players scoring points. The hosts led Highland by 30, 34-4, at halftime.
Lexi Castillo scored eight points while Mikki Resch-man, Shaneese Brown and Cierra Knox had six. Elise Lawrence scored five while Maddie Jones, Sydney Van-derbilt, Taylor McPherson, Whitnee Murff and Claire Williams had four and Lar-issa Locklar and Karlee Murff two. For Highland, Madison Mosely had three and Mia Herrera, Tarin Weldy and Schyler Kimbrell two. Sweetwater hosts San Angelo Lake View on Friday, while Highland returns to its home gym on Friday to take on Eula.