The first quarter of Tues-day’s District 5-3A basket-ball game between Sweet-water and Big Spring featured five lead changes and ended with the visitors up by just a point, 11-10.
Midway through the sec-ond quarter, it was still a contest as the Mustangs trailed by just three (17-14). But the Steers caught fire at that point, going on a 15-1 run to lead by 17, 32-15, at halftime, and never looked back en route to a 64-35 win at Mustang Gym.
Big Spring (1-1, 11-14) was deadly from 3-point range all night, making 11 of their attempts to none for Sweetwater. Junior Ty’ral Menefield was the deadliest, making four treys and scoring a game-high 24 points.
Meanwhile, Sweetwater shot just 21 percent (10 of 47) from the field as it fell to 0-2 in district and 9-16 overall. Big Spring took advantage to lead 56-21 after three periods, until the Mustangs rallied slightly to cut the Steers’ final victory margin to 29.
“I’d like to know what their shooting percentage was. They couldn’t miss and we had a hard time finding it,” said Sweetwater coach Al Hunt. “Several times we had hands in their faces, and they still dropped it.”
Kaleb Hoover led Sweet-water with 11 points. Taylor Jones and Dylan Bennett scored seven, Dylon Adames six and Tino Martinez four to round out the scoring. The Mustangs will go to Brownwood on Friday.