S’water hoop teams start 3-0 at Ballinger tourneys

Sweetwater teams had a perfect first day of basket-ball competition Thursday at their respective tourna-ments played in Ballinger.Sweetwater’s boys (2-1) beat Hawley 43-29 as they advanced into today’s 7:30 p.m. semifinal against host team Ballinger. Today’s winner will play for the championship against either Jim Ned or Clyde at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Isaiah McGee led Sweetwater with 10 points. Quentin Wetsel added nine, Rhett Torres seven, Dylan Bennett six, Cole Maxwell four, Deandre Gatson three and Michael Hunt and Tre Taylor two. Sweetwater was up by 22, 28-6, at halftime.In the girls tournament, Sweetwater (6-2) beat Abil-ene High’s JV 41-18 in its first game and was just as dominant in its second game of the day, defeating Hawley’s varsity 44-21.Sweetwater faced a much tougher task at 10:30 a.m. today against Merkel, the No. 1-ranked team in the state in Class 2A, followed by a 3 p.m. game today vs. Clyde. The girls’ tournament has a round robin format, and Sweetwater will play Llano and Ballinger at noon and 3 p.m., respectively, on Saturday to end the tournament.In Thursday’s first game, Suede Shirley led Sweetwat-er vs. Abilene JV with 17 points. Kelsi Crosson had six and Kendra Crosson, Shelby Cason and Kathleen Campbell four, while Janell Walker, Hayley Brownlow and Taylor McPherson all scored two. Kelsi Crosson had 14 and Kendra Crosson 13 points in the second game vs. Hawley while Walker and Cason had six, Shirley four and Campbell one for the Lady Mustangs. Sweet-water has won its last three games by at least 19 points.Highland girls win opener at BronteThe Highland girls picked up their fourth straight win and are 6-2 overall after beating Hamlin, 56-30, in their opening game Thurs-day at Bronte’s tournament. Sierra Allen had 27 points for Highland, which was up 16-5 after one quarter, 32-9 at halftime and 44-19 at the end of three periods.Highland played Miles at 2 p.m. today, followed by Bronte and Winters at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., respectively, on Saturday.Roscoe splits at R-LeeRoscoe’s teams split with Eden at Robert Lee. Carolina Perez scored 14 as the girls won 43-21, but the boys lost 59-32, despite nine points by Shelton Toliver.The girls played Colorado City at noon today in the semifinals, with the winner facing Eula or Robert Lee for the title on Saturday.The boys played Eldorado in a consolation semifinal this morning, and were to play again Saturday against either Westbrook or Robert Lee’s JV team depending on whether they won or lost.Blackwell teams win at Oak Creek ClassicThe Blackwell girls and boys got their first wins of the season Thursday after beating Loraine in opening games Thursday at Black-well’s Oak Creek Classic.Stephanie Metcalf’s 30 points paced the Blackwell girls as they won 48-22, while the boys won 39-27 in their game with Loraine as Mason Magness had 14 points. Castelo scored five, Rozzlle four, Breaux and Harris three, McGlothlin two and Bennett one for the girls, who improved to 1-3 with their victory. The Lady Hornets led 13-6, 23-14 and 34-18 at the breaks en route to their win on Thursday.But it was a different story for the Hornets, who trailed 13-12 at halftime until rally-ing. Jayden Jones had nine points, Mark Monroe six, Ethan Andrews and Ted Chambliss four and Franck Cano two points for Blackwell (1-2).Both teams will now play Jayton in today’s semifinals with the girls’ game at 6 p.m. and the boys contest at 7:30 p.m. The girls will play either Hermleigh or Paint Rock for the title if they win today and the boys will face either Hermleigh or High-land if they win. The girls’ title game will be at 4 p.m. Saturday and the boys’ title contest will tip off at about 5:30 p.m. Highland’s boys (2-3) defeated Paint Rock 29-25 to advance to their semifinal at 4:30 p.m. today. The Hornets got eight points each from Ron Covington and Jacob Richburg.Highland’s JV girls played a consolation semifinal this morning with Panther Creek after losing 26-16 to Paint Rock on Thursday in their first game. Highland was led by Romero’s six points.In other girls contests on Thursday, Hermleigh beat Panther Creek 34-24 and Jayton edged Rotan 47-45, while the other boys games saw Hermleigh knock off Panther Creek 49-30 and Jayton nip Rotan 34-33.The girls’ and boys’ con-solation finals and third-place games will also be played Saturday prior to the championship games.