BIG SPRING — Desper-ately needing a win to have any realistic hopes of getting to the playoffs, visiting Sweetwater was down by just four points (26-22) against Big Spring after starting out the third quarter of Tuesday’s District 5-3A game with a 5-0 run.
But Big Spring answered that surge, which included a 3-pointer by Kendra Cros-son followed by Crosson’s steal and layup, with a resounding run of its own. The Lady Steers (3-3) scored the next 23 points to put the game out of reach and claim a 53-31 victory.
Sweetwater, which fell to 1-5 with two games remain-ing, held four leads in the first half — the last (15-13) on Kinsey Browning’s lay-up with 4:36 left before in-termission, until Big Spring ended the half with a 13-2 run to go ahead 26-17.
Sweetwater then came out firing in the third quarter behind the play of Crosson, who led the Lady Mustangs with 13 points, before hitting a drought that lasted until a free throw by Browning ended Big Spring’s run with 4:11 left. By then, Sweet-water trailed by 26 and the issue had been decided.
“I thought we played a pretty good first half,” said coach Candice Wyatt. “We rebounded better than we did the first time we played them. We just couldn’t get our offense going the second half and the pressure by their press hurt us. But we’ve got to keep our heads up. We’ve got two really tough games (Wylie and Brownwood) coming up.”
Browning finished with eight points, but the other three starters totalled just five. Also scoring for Sweet-water were Janell Walker with four points, Candice Hernandez with three, Ali-cia Finn with two and Shel-by Cason with one. Crosson and Finn had six and five rebounds, respectively.
Browning, Crosson and Hernandez hit 3-pointers for the Lady Mustangs, who will travel to Wylie for their final road game Friday.