After taking a five-point lead (38-33) early in the fourth quarter of Tuesday’s key District 4-3A contest with Midland Greenwood, Sweetwater’s girls saw their hopes of a a 2-0 start and a share of the district lead slip away here Tuesday.
Greenwood rallied to go on an 11-2 run and stun the Lady Mustangs, 44-40, to improve to 2-0 in district.
Sweetwater (1-1, 15-10) took its last lead, 40-38, when Kayla Chowning hit a shot with 3:08 to play, but the Lady Mustangs were held scoreless from then on. Greenwood took the lead, 41-40, with 2:08 left, and eventually iced the win at the free throw line as the Rangerettes went 3-for-4 in the final 20 seconds.
Sweetwater also led by five (24-19) at intermission after ending the first half on a 9-1 run.
Down 18-15, the Lady Mustangs tied it with three free throws until Shelby Cason’s hoop gave Sweet-water a 20-19 lead, and Cason and Kelsi Crosson both scored in the final minute of the half to end the run. Sweetwater also held five-point leads on four other occasions in the sec-ond half, equalling the lar-gest lead for either team in Tuesday’s contest.
But instead of recording a second straight narrow win — Sweetwater edged Big Spring, 35-33, when it began district play Friday — the Lady Mustangs fell one game behind Greenwood and pre-district favorite Wylie, which knocked off Monahans on Tuesday.
Big Spring defeated Sny-der, 51-47, on Tuesday to tie Sweetwater at 1-1 while Monahans — which comes to Sweetwater on Friday — and Snyder are both 0-2.
Cason had 11 points and Kelsi Crosson 10 for the Lady Mustangs, who were outscored 11-4 by Green-wood in the fourth quarter. The Rangerettes built their winning margin by making 12 of 18 free throws, while Sweetwater was 7-for-14.
“We had too many missed opportunities,” coach Al Miller said after the game. “We worked our tails off to get the lead, then nonchalantly let them come back. Several of their points came on second and third chances. We just let (the game) slip through our fingers.”
Suede Shirley scored eight, Chowning six, Tay-lor McPherson three and Kendra Crosson two. Cros-son, the team’s leading scorer this season, got her only points early in the third quarter and spent much of the game on the bench due to foul trouble.
Morgan McKee was the top scorer for Greenwood with 12 points.