Lady Mustangs defeat another 6A foe as they slip past Midland High

Ron Howell
Sports Editor

Sweetwater has just four wins in 15 games this season. But against 6A schools, the Lady Mustangs are 3-0 the past week on the basketball court.
Sweetwater used a strong start Tuesday to defeat Midland High 57-55, despite outscoring their foe in only the first quarter. But the Lady Mustangs built a double-digit lead in the first half, then barely held off a Midland team that made it a little uncomfortable at the end.
But the Lady Bulldogs never got closer than the final two-point margin.
Sweetwater led 50-43 at the 3:18 mark before Midland cut it to 51-49 with under two minutes left.
But Amber Knox hit both ends of a one-and-one and Tavis Black banked a layup to restore the lead back to six points, 55-49. Kyla Daniel hit two free throws with 19.6 seconds left, and Sweetwater held on for the win.
Tuesday’s game started out great for Sweetwater, which led 17-8 after one quarter and held two 13-point leads prior to intermission, the last at 27-14 on a pair of free throws by Black in the second period.
It was never that comfortable in the second half, but the lead was between five and nine points until the final two minutes.
Black paced Sweetwater with 23 points and Shavie Green had 14 for the Lady Mustangs. Both Daniel and Knox had seven, Alex Bell four and Nevaeh Sarabia two.
Kobe Powell led Midland with 14 points while Taysha Rushton and Za’Riyah Gilmore had 12.
Sweetwater — which defeated Class 6A Abilene High 56-52 in its previous home game and also beat Class 6A Weatherford, 37-34, this past Friday at a tournament in Granbury — plays at Merkel on Friday.

Tavis Black (15), who scored a game-high 23 points, in pictured for the Lady Mustangs in Tuesday's game.
Photo by Kevin Wright