Black, Green help SW girls top Snyder

Ron Howell
Sports Editor

SNYDER — When Tavis Black and Shavie Green are both hitting on all cylinders at the same time, the Sweetwater girls basketball team is pretty tough to beat.
Tuesday night at Snyder, Black scored a team-high 20 points while Green had 16 points and dominated on the boards in a 52-42 win over the Lady Tigers. But everyone made solid contributions for Sweetwater, which improved to 4-3 in district play. Snyder is 4-2.
“I thought we played really well as a team tonight,” coach Sarah Johnson said.
“I felt that we really connected, and executed well. We were hungry for that rival win and took care of business.”
Green had 11 points in the first half, which saw the lead change hands on eight separate occasions and end up in a 27-27 deadlock.
But it was all Sweetwater in the second half, as the Lady Mustangs (12-17) took the lead for good by ending the third period on an 8-2 run to make it 39-33. A free throw by Green followed by a 3-pointer from Kyla Daniel increased it to 43-33 in the early part of the fourth quarter. Four points from Black, three by Amber Knox and two by Green finished off the win.
Sweetwater, which entertains Big Spring in its final regular season game Friday, still has a chance at claiming the No. 2 playoff berth in District 5-4A behind first-place Greenwood (6-0), an easy 66-31 winner against San Angelo Lake View on Tuesday night. But the Lady Mustangs must beat Big Spring (2-4) to avoid possibly slipping to the No. 4 berth.
Black, who is Sweetwater’s leading scorer this season, had eight points in the third quarter as the Lady Mustangs took control with a 12-6 run.
In addition to Black and Green, Sweetwater got six points from Knox, four by Kierstyn Thompson and three by Daniel and Nevaeh Sarabia. Natalee James and Hayley Humphrey led Snyder with 10 points.
Sweetwater took a 5-0 lead to begin Tuesday’s contest, but Snyder came back to score the next six points for a one-point lead and it went back and forth the rest of the first half with neither team establishing control.