Hornets get No. 2 berth

Ron Howell
Sports Editor

Two Nolan County boys basketball teams — Sweet-water and Roscoe — saw their seasons end Tuesday.
But the season will continue for Highland, which clinched the No. 2 berth in District 13-1A on Tuesday when the Hornets outlasted Westbrook 43-37.
Roscoe’s 59-55 loss in a head-to-head showdown with Hawley brought the Plowboys’ season to an end as Hawley secured the final playoff seed in 8-2A.
Roscoe lost despite outscoring Hawley 27-13 in the fourth quarter.
Basketball is also over for Sweetwater, which finished 0-8 in District 5-4A after losing to Greenwood 76-35. Jaden Hernandez led Sweetwater with eight points. Elijah Reyes had six, Kei Griffin five, Harrison Foster four, Alex Gallegos and Logan Wedin three and Jon Davis, Darian Carr and Tony Padilla two.
Highland (5-3) finished behind only Hermleigh, the No. 1 seed in 13-1A at 8-0, while Ira (4-4) advances as the No. 3 seed. Westbrook (3-5) could have forced a district tiebreaker by beating Highland, which got a team-high 20 points by Eli Sauer and 10 points from Sam Spaulding. Also scoring were Nolan Montgomery (six), Jacob Hamilton (four) and Richard Fomby (three).
Highland broke a 25-25 tie by outscoring Westbrook 18-12 in the fourth period.
Brayan Medina had 13 points for Roscoe’s boys, who finished 3-7 in 8-2A while Hawley improved to 4-6. Ryan Highsmith added nine, Hunter Anglin and Caleb Gray eight, Barrett Beal five, Brandon Lavalais four, Jayden Gonzales and Jose Ortega three and Tristan Baker two as Roscoe’s late rally fell just short.