Playoffs could be on the line in the opener of today’s Sweetwater vs. Snyder doubleheader at Mustang Gym, at least for the home team. Pride will be the primary motivation in the nightcap.
Sweetwater’s girls face a must win against Snyder if they are to make it to the postseason.
The Lady Mustangs and Big Spring are tied for third place in the District 4-3A standings as both are 4-4 with two games remaining, and the teams have split in their two meetings, with each winning on the road.
If the teams finish the regular season still tied, they will meet in a play-in game to decide the No. 3 playoff berth in the district.
Sweetwater, after a 3-1 start, had lost three straight before rallying on Tuesday for a 54-43 win over 0-8 Monahans. Sweetwater trailed 19-17 at halftime and was still down 24-20 in the third quarter before ending with a 34-19 run.
The win moved Coach Al Miller’s Lady Mustangs back into a third-place tie with Big Spring, which lost at Wylie 60-24 on Tuesday. Big Spring will travel to Monahans today and goes to Greenwood (7-1) Tuesday to end the regular season, while Sweetwater wraps up by hosting Wylie (8-0) in its finale. Wylie hosts Green-wood today.
The Sweetwater boys and Snyder, meanwhile, are at the bottom of the district. Sweetwater is 1-5 and Snyder 0-6 with four games left, with Sweetwater’s only win coming at Snyder on Jan. 15. The Mustangs will try for a repeat to avoid falling into a tie for last place and also build momentum for the last three games with Wylie (6-0), Big Spring (2-4) and Greenwood (5-1). Sweetwater has lost four straight games since beating Snyder 65-49, dropping the team’s season record to .500 at 12-12. Sweetwater lost at Monahans 62-43 on Tuesday to fall three games behind the Loboes, who with the win improved to 4-2 in district.
In District 13-A, Highland hosts a twinbill with Roscoe today and the girls game pits the first-place Lady Hornets (8-0) against the second-place Plowgirls (6-2). Both teams have two games left to play in the regular season, and Roscoe will join Highland in the playoffs with a win.
The Highland boys (4-2) can also sew up a playoff berth in tonight’s nightcap by beating Roscoe (1-5). The Hornets have lost only to first-place Ira (6-0) and Hermleigh (5-1).
In District 14-A, Black-well plays its final home games today against Bronte. The boys are 2-8 while the girls are 1-11.