SHS girls survive rally, topple AHS

Ron Howell
Sports Editor

Sweetwater led nearly all the way in Tuesday’s non-district girls basketball contest, never trailed and was tied just once after the first quarter against Abilene High at Mustang Gym.
The tie came in the fourth quarter when Abilene pulled into a 41-41 tie with 4:26 to play.
However, a 7-0 run put the Lady Mustangs back in control, and they held on for a 56-52 victory.
Sweetwater improved to 2-8, while 6A Abilene High fell to 5-5.
Following an 0-7 start, the Lady Mustangs are 2-1 in their last three games, with both wins over teams in higher classifications. Yet Sweetwater let leads in its last two home games slip away. Tuesday, though, was a different story.
After Abilene High tied it at 41, Amber Knox hit two free throws followed by a three-point play from Tavis Black and Alex Bell’s putback to make it 48-41 and complete the run. Despite several anxious moments after that, the Lady Mustangs led by at least four points the rest of the game.
“I told (the team) to stay calm and be patient,” said coach Sarah Johnson.
“We were hungry to get a win, and this was a good one for us.”
Sweetwater got off to a great start, taking a 15-6 lead into the second period. Abilene cut it to 23-20 late in the first half, but Black’s layup and a free throw by Knox restored a six-point lead (26-20) at halftime.
Sweetwater was up by 11 points, 39-28, by the end of the third but Abilene tied it with a 13-2 run in the fourth to make it interesting.
Black had 27 points to lead all scorers Tuesday.
Sweetwater also got 10 by Knox and eight from Shavie Green, while Bell had six, Mia Valdez four and Kyla Daniel one. The Lady Mustangs will go to a three-day tournament in Granbury that starts on Thursday.