SHS girls win OT thriller

Ron Howell
Sports Editor

SAN ANGELO — Sweetwater led Friday’s 5-4A girls basketball opener against San Angelo Lake View by as many as 10 points on two different occasions, but needed overtime — and a second-chance putback by Tavis Black — to finally get a wild 45-44 road win over the feisty Maidens.
Trailing 25-17 at the end of three periods, Lake View won the fourth stanza 22-14 to force overtime, overcoming a six-point deficit after Sweetwater held a 39-33 advantage with just over a minute to play. Three free throws by Lake View’s Alaysia Capuchina at the end of regulation tied up the game and sent it to OT.
But when the dust finally cleared, it was Sweetwater — thanks to Black’s putback that followed her missed layup just before the buzzer — who came away with a heart-stopping win and 1-0 start to district play.
In overtime, the lead traded hands five times and the biggest lead was a single point with Lake View’s final lead, 44-43, coming on two Capuchina free throws with a mere 13.8 ticks left.
The Maidens couldn’t get their lead to stick, however, as they left Black time to attempt a game-winning layup she finally converted on the second try. Black — who had all six Sweetwater points in OT — poured in 21 points to lead all scorers.
Lake View was paced by Capuchina with 15, all of it in the second half plus the overtime, including 9-of-9 at the free throw line. But she was ultimately out-performed by Black, who made her last seven free throws and was 13-of-16 at the line.
“We didn’t play our best,” coach Sarah Johnson said of her team, which was 25-of-39 at the line but hit just nine field goals. Despite that, Sweetwater ended the first half up 16-6 and on a 13-0 run, thanks partly to hitting eight free throws to none for Lake View.
The Maidens led 6-3 early in the second period, but the Lady Mustangs were able to shut them down until the start of the second half.
However, the Maidens went on a 9-0 surge at the start of the fourth period to take a 26-25 lead and it was back-and-forth after that.
Shavie Green, who fouled out at the end of regulation, finished with nine points and Kyla Daniel had seven, including a pair of treys. Amber Knox had five points and Alex Bell three.
Both teams were assessed technicals in the second half as things got chippy.
Sweetwater goes to Midland Greenwood Tuesday, and returns home Friday when it entertains Snyder.