SHS boys tip off 5-4A with loss to No. 24 Tigers

Ron Howell
Sports Editor

Against a Snyder team ranked No. 24 in Class 4A, an out-manned Sweetwater team managed to keep pace much of the first half.
Sweetwater took a pair of first-quarter leads and was all tied up 11-11 at the end of the period, before a 19-5 run in the second quarter by the Tigers ultimately led to Snyder leaving Mustang Gym with a 45-21 win. It was the District 5-4A boys opener for both teams.
Sweetwater (2-19 overall) — which played a brutal non-district schedule with a roster full of players with little or no previous varsity experience — led 3-2 after an early trey by Darian Carr, and again at 11-10 after a Jackson Foster 3 late in the first quarter.
Snyder (19-6) began the second period on a 5-0 run, but Logan Wedin’s trey cut the Tigers’ lead back to two points, 18-16, with 4:25 left in the first half. But Sweetwater failed to score over the next 3:35 as Snyder launched a 12-0 run to lead by 14, 30-16, at intermission.
Snyder, which was led by Alonzo Wesley’s 22 points and Teafale Lenard with 14, outscored Sweetwater 15-3 in the third stanza to go up by 26, 45-19.
That led to a listless finish as the Tigers did not score again after pulling out most of their starters in a fourth quarter that had just two points — a layup by Carr which came with 1:20 to play.
No Mustang made it into double figures against Snyder. Carr had seven points, Wedin six, Daiman Atkins and Foster three and Tony Padilla two. Fifteen of the 21 points came on five 3s, two by Wedin and one each by Foster, Carr and Atkins.
“Our kids played as hard as they have all year,” coach Kevin J. Wright said. “We’re getting some valuable experience. I’m proud of them.
"We hung with (Snyder) awhile but then the well ran dry. We just ran out of bullets.”

Pictured: Sweetwater's Darian Carr shoots over Snyder's Nathan Kendrick in Friday's District 5-4A boys game at Mustang Gym.
Photo by Kevin Wright