Brownwood showed again here Tuesday why it is the No. 6-ranked team in Class 3A girls basketball.
Sweetwater scored the first basket on a shot by Candice Hernandez just 16 seconds into the game. But things went downhill quickly from there for the homestanding Lady Mustangs as the Lady Lions came back to beat Sweetwater, 70-29, in the teams’ season finale.
After Hernandez scored, Brownwood (24-7, 6-2 dis-trict) limited Sweetwater to just one more field goal in the first quarter in taking an 11-4 lead, and never looked back. Brownwood built its lead to 30-9 at halftime and 49-19 after three periods. Sweetwater, which ends up 15-18 overall and 1-7 in district, was held to its lowest district point total. Alicia Finn, one of three seniors playing her final game, and Kelsi Crosson each had eight points to lead Sweetwater though Finn fouled out in the fourth quarter.
Eight players scored despite the fact that no one hit double figures. Also scoring were Janell Walker with three points and Kinsey Browning, Kendra Crosson, Suede Shirley, Shelby Cason and Hernandez with two. In addition to Finn, Browning and Hernandez also played their final game.
“It’s not exactly the way we wanted to finish up,” said Sweetwater coach Can-dice Wyatt. “There were a few emotions tonight with it being Senior Night, and that can be a good thing or not be a good thing once the game begins.
“But all and all, I’m very proud of them,” Wyatt con-tinued. “We just shot the ball terrible and made way too many turnovers, and that’s been the same old story for us this season.”
Despite losing three sen-iors, the future looks bright with nine returning players and some good talent up from the JV squad. “I hope we’ll develop and get better,” Wyatt said. “We definitely know what we need to work on.”