SNYDER â€” Sweetwaterâ€™s basketball teams usually donâ€™t have a lot of success winning at Snyder. But both of them posted impressive victories on Tuesday to remain near the top of the District 4-3A standings.
Both teams go to first-place Wylie this Friday.
Sweetwater boys 65, Snyder boys 49
Sweetwater (1-1, 12-8) led from the second quarter on, but Snyder (0-2, 4-16) was able to throw a big scare into the Mustangs until they ended the game on a 16-5 run to claim their first win in district play.
Sweetwater led 30-22 aat halftime, then increased its advantage to 14 (39-25) in the third quarter only to see Snyder stage a furious rally.
The Tigers scored 12 un-answered points to cut the Mustangsâ€™ lead to 39-37 be-fore Deandre Gatson finally scored for Sweetwater to end the run with 6:54 left in the game.
Sweetwater pulled the lead back out to 10 (49-39) only to see Snyder cut it to five, 49-44, on a 3-pointer by Malik Davis with 3:16 to play. But Gatson hit a pair of free throws and Kaleb Hoover rebounded a miss to make it 53-44, and Sweetwater was gradually able to restore a double-digit lead in the final minutes with the help of some solid free throw shooting. The Mustangs went 15 of 24 at the line and also hit four 3-pointers, while Snyder was 6 of 11 at the line.
â€śThat was a big win,â€ť said coach Al Hunt. â€śDown the stretch we made our free throws. Every year we come down here they play hard against us in their gym. We just need to keep taking them one at a time.â€ť
Davis led all scorers with 20 points, but Sweetwater had much better balance.Hoover led the way with 14 points while Dylan Bennett had 12, Cole Maxwell nine, Gatson, Michael Hunt and Rhett Torres eight, Isaiah McGee four and Jack Poe two. Maxwell, Hunt, McGee and Gatson hit 3-pointers for the Mustangs, who have won eight of their last nine games after a 4-7 start.
Sweetwater girls 56, Snyder girls 45
Sweetwater (3-1, 17-10) stayed within a game of Wylie (4-0) in the girls standings and is tied with Greenwood for second after beating Snyder (0-4, 11-14). That sets up a chance for a first-place tie if Sweetwater beats the Lady Bulldogs on their home court Friday.
Snyder kept the game close most of the way, trail-ing just 41-37 with 5 1/2 minutes left until Sweetwa-ter launched a decisive 9-1 run to put the game away. Taylor McPhersonâ€™s basket ended the run with 2:13 left and Snyder never got closer than nine points after that.
Sweetwater went ahead to stay in the third quarter, which it ended with an 8-0 run for a 40-33 lead. Reserve Elise Lawrence had four points during the run, and also began the 9-1 surge after Sweetwater saw its lead trimmed to 41-37.
â€śElise came off the bench and did a good job for us,â€ť said coach Al Miller. â€śWe made some real good deci-sions down the stretch and all the girls came up big for us on defense.â€ť
Sweetwater was paced by Kendra Crosson with 17 points, while Kelsi Crosson had 12 and Suede Shirley 10. Lawrence finished with eight points while Shelby Cason had three and Janell Walker, Taylor McPherson and Kathleen Campbell two for the Lady Mustangs. Shirley and Kelsi Crosson hit two 3-pointers and Kendra Crosson one for Sweetwater, which led 11-10 after one quarter and held a two-point lead (22-20) over Snyder at halftime.