SHS girls lose tiebreaker, face Graham in bi-district

Ron Howell
Sports Editor

ANSON — Going scoreless for over half the first quarter put Sweetwater in a big early hole Friday against Snyder when the teams met in a District 5-4A seeding tiebreaker.
Shavie Green’s basket with 3:27 left in the period came after the Lady Mustangs gave up the game’s first 12 points. And it never got that much better as Snyder held off a mild late rally for a 52-37 victory, giving the Lady Tigers the No. 2 seed.
Sweetwater — as the No. 3 seed — will face Graham in the bi-district playoffs on Monday with the tipoff at 8 p.m. at Breckenridge High School. Snyder will play Burkburnett at the same location at 6 p.m. Monday to begin the playoff doubleheader.
Sweetwater (13-18), a 52-42 winner the last time the teams met in their final regular season matchup just 10 days earlier, pulled within 44-37 on a free throw by Tavis Black with 1:28 left but Snyder ended the contest on an 8-0 run.
The Lady Tigers went to a mini-delay after Black’s free throw, then nailed down the win by going 8-for-8 at the line. Snyder, which got a game-high 21 points from Natalee James, was 13-of-13 overall with James’ 11-for-11 effort leading the way. The Lady Tigers also hit seven 3-pointers to Sweetwater’s 3.
Sweetwater — playing for the first time in seven days after a bye Tuesday — was led by Black with 12 points and Green with 11. Amber Knox had six, Kyla Daniel and Kyrsten Smith three and Alex Bell two.

Tavis Black (15) puts up a running shot for Sweetwater in Friday's game with Snyder.
Photo by Kevin Wright