One played at home while the other played on the road, and their opponents weren’t the same either.
But Sweetwater High School’s basketball teams did share a few things in common on Friday. Both played schools from the same Class 2A district (3-2A) whose names start with a ‘B’ — and both lost.
Sweetwater’s boys (5-10) played host to Bangs and fell by a score of 58-46. The girls (9-9), meanwhile, went to Ballinger and were beaten 55-37, ending their three-game winning streak.
Kaleb Hoover scored 17 and Taylor Jones added 10 for the boys. But it wasn’t enough to stay with Bangs, which went ahead for good (12-11) at the end of the opening quarter and built a double-digit lead with a 9-0 fourth-quarter run that put the game out of reach for the Mustangs.
Hoover also had eight rebounds and six steals. Gabe Medellin had a team-high 11 rebounds as well as five points, while Tino Martinez, Anthony Palacios and Patrick Palacios had four points and Dylan Ben-nett two for the Mustangs.
Meanwhile, Sweetwater’s girls also fell behind early as they played Ballinger for the second time this month. Two weeks earlier, they had faced Ballinger at a weekend tournament which the Lady Cats hosted and lost a second-round game 56-43.
This time, Sweetwater trailed Ballinger by double digits (17-7) after one quarter and by 14, 27-13, at halftime. Kinsey Browning had 10 points, Kendra Crosson nine, Candice Hernandez five, Shelby Cason and Kel-si Crosson four, Hayley Brownlow three and Kath-leen Campbell two, and Kendra Crosson grabbed 14 rebounds as well. The girls will host Colorado City and the boys go there Tuesday.