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February 4, 2013

Sweetwater’s Elise Lawrence scored a team-high 15 points in Friday’s 48-39 win over Snyder. (Photo by Clint Parks)

It looks like the Sweet-water and Big Spring girls might be on a collision course to play each other for a third time this season in District 4-3A.
And this time, it would decide which team will ad-vance to the playoffs as the district’s No. 3 seed.
For now, the two squads — who split their first two meetings — are locked in a tie for third place with iden-tical 5-4 records.
After frittering away an early nine-point lead against Snyder on Friday, Sweetwater (19-13 overall) used a 9-0 run at the start of the final period to break open a tight game and defeat the Lady Tigers, 48-39, at Mustang Gym.
Big Spring, meanwhile, had an easier time as the Lady Steers beat last-place Monahans 63-32 to main-tain a share of third place.
Sweetwater hosts Wylie (9-0) and Big Spring goes to second-place Greenwood (7-2) on Tuesday. Barring an upset win by one of them, the Lady Mustangs and Lady Steers will meet later in the week in a “play-in” game to decide the third-place team in this year’s playoffs.
Knowing it had to win on Friday, Sweetwater found itself in a tough battle until finally catching fire with its big run to open the fourth quarter, extending its lead from 32-29 to 41-29.
Snyder finally ended the run by hitting a field goal with 2:32 to play, then got within 43-36 when Lindzi Clemmer hit a 3-pointer with 97 seconds left.
But the Lady Tigers had to foul at that point and Sweetwater’s Elise Lawrence made them pay for it on her three trips to the free throw line. Lawrence, who had a team-high 15 points, made 5-of-6 at the line — the last one with 25.1 seconds left — to nail down the victory.
Snyder (1-8) rallied to tie Sweetwater 19-19 at half-time after trailing 13-4 late in the opening quarter.
Lawrence came off the bench and hit back-to-back 3-pointers at the end of the run as Sweetwater seemed to be firmly in control.
But the Lady Mustangs were unable to keep that pace as Snyder tied it twice in the second quarter, the first time at 15-all. Sweetwater led the entire second half, but the game was still in doubt until the end. The Lady Mustangs also got 10 points in Friday’s game from Kendra Crosson, nine from Shelby Cason, eight from Kelsi Crosson and two points each from Janell Walker, Suede Shirley and Kendra Chowning.

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