After barely surviving Big Spring in their 4-3A opener and giving up a fourth-quarter lead against Midland Greenwood, the Sweetwater girls basketball team needed a statement win here Friday to regain their footing in the district race.
And that’s what they got in a dominating 53-24 win over Monahans that kept the Lady Mustangs (2-1 district, 16-10) within striking distance of the 4-3A lead held by both Wylie and Greenwood, who are 3-0.
“The girls were very determined tonight,” said Sweetwater coach Al Miller. “They were determined to take care of business.”
No one did it better than senior Kendra Crosson, who matched Monahans’ total by pouring in 24 points.
Crosson, who was limited to two points in her previous game against Greenwood due in part to foul trouble, had no such problems Friday. She got her first points just 10 seconds into the game, and scored again at the end of the period to give her team its first dou-ble digit lead (15-4).
Crosson had 15 points by halftime, when Sweetwater held a 23-14 lead. That was as close as Monahans got after Kelsi Crosson, Kendra’s twin sister, hit a 3 to start the second half.
Sweetwater held Mona-hans (0-3, 6-16) to six or fewer points in three separate quarters in one of its best defensive efforts of the year, and led 35-18 heading into the fourth quarter.
And while Kendra Cros-son was definitely the headliner, eight other players scored and Sweetwater had just nine turnovers. Also scoring were Kelsi Crosson with seven, Shelby Cason with six, Kayla Chowning with four, Elise Lawrence and Suede Shirley with three and Hayley Brown-low, Kathleen Campbell and Taylor McPherson with two apiece. Kendra Crosson also had 11 rebounds.
“We got a little stagnant in the second quarter,” Miller said. “But we responded in the third quarter. We didn’t want to let it get close.”
Sweetwater visits Snyder (0-3) on Tuesday, then travels to Wylie to end the first half of district play.