Hoopsters go to Big Spring

While their district races are just getting underway, both the Sweetwater girls and boys basketball teams need to start getting wins if they expect to contend for postseason play.And with just eight district games, it’s no secret that the 0-2 Lady Mustangs and 0-1 Mustangs can ill afford many more defeats.Both teams return to 5-3A action today when they travel to Big Spring for games at 6 and 7:30 p.m., respectively, after losing at Wylie this past Friday.The Sweetwater girls (15-12 overall) are facing a Big Spring team that is also off to an 0-2 start after losing to Brownwood, 52-37, in its most recent outing. Both Brownwood (No. 21) and Wylie (No. 8) are among Class 3A’s top 25 teams in the latest TABC poll.The Sweetwater boys (6-15 overall) face a state-ranked Big Spring team as the Steers (17-6, 1-0) are No. 24 in Class 3A. The Mustangs got 23 points from Paxton Kelley on Friday, but still lost to Wylie 79-55 in their District 5-3A opener. Taylor Jones added 17 points.The Lady Mustangs lost to Wylie 63-32 in their game. Kinsey Browning and Alicia Finn were the top scorers with eight points each.Sweetwater’s teams aren’t the only ones in the county that are struggling as only the Highland girls (5-1) have managed to put together a winning record in district play. Highland’s girls and boys (2-2) go to Hermleigh and the Blackwell girls (1-6) and boys (1-4) visit Veribest, while the Roscoe boys (1-1) and Roscoe girls (1-2) host Hamlin today. Blackwell’s girls will face an 0-7 Veribest team after losing to Sterling City 41-21 on Friday. Jessica Morrow and Reccie Roland each scored six points to pace the Lady Hornets and Jennifer Allen had four points. The Blackwell boys face a 1-4 Veribest squad after losing to Sterling City 59-42. The Hornets were led by Caleb Magness’ 23 points.