Lady Stangs begin season with loss to IC

Ron Howell
Sports Editor

The first game of Devin Griffin’s tenure as the new Sweetwater head girls basketball coach Tuesday had a good start, as a 3-pointer by Amber Knox and inside basket by post Rashavia Green staked the Lady Mustangs to an early 5-0 lead over Irion County.
But Sweetwater wasn’t able to protect its lead very long, and by the end of the period the Lady Hornets led 15-13 en route to a 63-49 win at Mustang Gym.
There were two big reasons why Irion County prevailed Tuesday. Senior posts Macy McNutt and Hadley Miller had 32 and 25 points, respectively, for the Lady Hornets, ranked 16th in the Class 2A preseason poll by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches. McNutt hit five treys and scored 25 points in the opening half, which ended with Irion County up 37-22. Sweetwater never got closer than 11 points in the second half.
Defensive lapses, according to Griffin, were the big problem. “I thought we made a lot of mistakes that led to them being successful,” she said. “(McNutt) made at least three 3s that were uncontested. I felt like we gave up a lot of easy baskets. We have to rotate a lot quicker.”
Tavis Black’s 16 points paced the Lady Mustangs, while Jessica Poe had nine points. Knox, Green and Bri Moriel had six points and Elli Lehnert and Amari Robinson three.
“It’s still early,” said Griffin, who previously coached at Amarillo Tascosa. “(The players) are still in the process of getting comfortable with me, and me with them.”
Sweetwater will travel to Haskell on Saturday for its next game. It will be awhile before the Lady Mustangs’ next home game, which is Dec. 19 against Lubbock Estacado.