SHS girls host Snyder in 5-3A opener; boys to entertain Chiefs in final tuneup

With a 15-10 record and just eight games left, the Sweetwater High School girls basketball team has a good chance for its first above-.500 season in five years. But what the Lady Mustangs would like even more is to reach the state playoffs for the first time since 2005. They can take a step toward that goal by beating Snyder (14-7) in today’s District 5-3A opener at Mustang Gym.Sweetwater — which has won nine of its last 11 games — tips off at 6 p.m. following a JV girls game at 4:30 p.m. Sweetwater’s boys, who start district play at Abilene Wylie on Friday, host San Angelo Lake View at 7:30 today.Despite a 55-47 loss at Mineral Wells on Friday, the girls have shown im-provement under head coach Jerry McSherry as evidenced by a 42-30 win on the road over 1A power Roby three days earlier. But the schedule is about to get even tougher with a district that also includes perennial power Wylie, as well as Big Spring, Brownwood and Snyder. Wylie made it to the state title game this past year.In Friday’s game at Mineral Wells, senior Taylor McKoy led Sweet-water with 15 points while sophomore Suede Shirley had 11, including three 3-pointers, and sophomore Kendra Crosson 10.The Sweetwater boys (6-13) lost at Ballinger 60-42 this past Friday despite 19 points by 6-8 senior post Paxton Kelley, while Class 4A Lake View (4-15) defeated Snyder 62-53 in its last outing.Meanwhile, all six of the Nolan County teams outside Sweetwater have district games today. The Roscoe boys will host Haskell in their In District 9-A, Division I opener and the girls (0-1) also try for their first district win when they start the twinbill. In District 12, Division II, Blackwell’s teams host Water Valley while in District 11, both Highland teams travel to Westbrook. The High-land girls (4-1) trail only first-place Roby and lead third-place Loraine (3-1) by a half-game.