Lady Stangs stay on a roll

Ron Howell
Sports Editor

With four wins in their last five games heading into the Class 4A state playoffs — the latest a 55-39 victory Friday over Big Spring — the Sweetwater girls basketball team appears to be hitting its stride at the right time.
The Lady Mustangs (5-3) will go in as either the No. 2 or No. 3 playoff seed out of District 5-4A.
Friday’s win put Sweetwater in second place ahead of Snyder (4-3), which lost to Greenwood 66-46. However, it’s very likely that the teams will meet later this week in a head-to-head tiebreaker matchup to decide playoff seeding.
The reason: Snyder hosts Lake View (0-7) to wrap up its regular season Tuesday.
Sweetwater and Snyder split their two district meetings this year, each team winning at the other’s gym.
Sweetwater led Big Spring from the 3:31 mark of the first quarter to the end, and Sweetwater led 29-10 at intermission after holding the Lady Steers without a field goal — and to just one point — for over nine minutes.
But as good as things were looking at that point, Friday’s game got a bit scary for the Lady Mustangs once the third quarter got underway. Tavis Black’s basket at the 7:24 mark was the last for Sweetwater until a 3 — also by Black — finally ended the drought with 19.9 seconds left in the period.
Black’s trey gave Sweetwater a 37-23 lead. Though Big Spring cut the lead to 10 early in the fourth quarter, it never got closer than that after the Lady Mustangs went to the free throw line and pulled away by hitting 12-of-15 at crunch time.
Sweetwater hit 23 of 36 to Big Spring’s 8 of 22 at the line. Black led the way for Sweetwater, going 7-for-7 in the fourth quarter to keep the Lady Steers (2-5) at bay and scoring 11 of her game-high 25 points.
“I felt that our second half was not near as good as the first but we hung in there and kept the lead,” said head coach Sarah Johnson, whose team is 13-17 overall.
“I didn’t know we were shooting that good from the line. That’s definitely something that we do every day in practice. I feel like we’re coming together now.”
Shavie Green finished with 12 points, while Kyla Daniel scored eight, Amber Knox seven and Kierstyn Thompson three. No Big Spring player made it into double figures, with Logan Terrazas and Madison Kuykendall each scoring seven points.
Johnson said after Friday's game she hasn’t talked to Snyder yet about playing this week, but a decision — if needed — will be made after the Lady Tigers finish their game with Lake View.

Pictured: Nevaeh Sarabia (5) of Sweetwater fires a pass between two Big Spring defenders in Friday's 5-4A girls game at Mustang Gym.
Photo by Kevin Wright