SW girls tip off 5-4A

Ron Howell
Sports Editor

Sweetwater’s girls will get a stiff test when they go to No. 13-ranked Brownwood today for their District 5-4A basketball opener. It’s the team’s first game in 12 days after a game last week was cancelled, and first of 2018.
Brownwood (22-4) is 0-1 in district entering today’s 6:15 p.m. tilt. The Lady Lions fell to Wylie in their 5-4A opener, 52-29, Friday after beating Wylie twice last year en route to the district title. Sweetwater, which had a bye Friday, last played in the Anson holiday tournament Dec. 27-28, going 3-1 under first-year coach Devin Griffin with wins over S&S Consolidated, Baird and Post to take the Silver Bracket championship.
Sweetwater is 7-15 overall, but after a 1-12 start has posted six wins in its last nine games.
Sweetwater’s boys (5-14) end non-district today with an 8 p.m. game at Merkel. The Mustangs beat Monahans, 55-40, here on Friday and will return to their gym to play their District 5-4A opener against Big Spring this Friday.
With the exception of the Highland boys, the other Nolan County teams have begun district play.
In District 14-1A, Blackwell’s girls are 3-1 after suffering their first loss, 48-37, to No. 11 Robert Lee Friday despite 19 points from Kiley Cummings and Blackwell’s boys are 1-2 after beating Robert Lee 43-36 Friday.
In District 8-2A, Roscoe’s boys are 1-1 after the Plowboys’ first win, 37-26, over Hamlin on Friday. The girls are 0-4 after losing 48-33 to Hamlin on Friday.
Highland’s boys will host Borden County this Friday to begin District 12-1A play. The girls began district this past Friday with a 64-25 loss to Hermleigh.
The Blackwell girls, who trail Garden City (4-0) and are tied with Robert Lee for second place in 14-1A, were the only area team to make the playoffs a year ago.