It was a wild Friday (column)

Ron Howell
Sports Editor

A crazy start to District 5-4A action Friday for the Sweetwater girls basketball team — Sweetwater defeated San Angelo Lake View, 45-44, on a buzzer-beating putback of a missed layup by Tavis Black in overtime —wasn’t the only thrilling, down-to-the-wire girls district game in the area this past weekend.
Blackwell and Roscoe put their fans through the ringer as well.
The Plowgirls lost to Stamford 43-42 after getting the ball with 3 seconds left but failing to get off a shot near their basket as the game ended in their 8-2A opener. Roscoe had taken the lead with a 9-2 run until Stamford hit the game-winning shot with :23 left.
But Blackwell is now 4-0 after rallying to beat Robert Lee, 43-40, in District 11-1A action. The Lady Hornets, trailing 38-30 with three minutes to play, came alive at the end as they finished on a 13-2 run.
Madison Solis gave Blackwell a lead with 13 seconds left. Then Vickie Davis clinched it by hitting two free throws after being fouled with just 2 seconds left. Blackwell’s full-court press was also a factor in overcoming the eight-point deficit.
“The girls just kept believing and fighting and got themselves in a position to win,” said Lady Hornets coach Bud Halfmann, whose team now leads Robert Lee (2-2) by two full games.
Blackwell was ranked No. 12 and Robert Lee No. 23 in Class 1A coming into last Friday’s game by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches. The teams are scheduled to meet a final time in District 11-1A play at Robert Lee on Jan. 29.
Both Solis and Emilee Sanderson had big games on Friday. Sanderson had a team-high 13 points and 15 rebounds, but point guard Solis wasn’t far behind with 12 points and 11 boards. In addition, she collected four assists and four steals.
Roscoe’s girls were paced by Victoria Martinez, who scored 12, and Bonnie Wilkinson, with 11.
Highland’s girls, with a pair of key players out, were defeated by a state-ranked Hermleigh team 76-30 on Friday in District 13-1A in the opener for both teams. Zoe Cornett’s 16 points led Highland, which now has a 10-8 season record.