SHS teams to host Snyder in first DH

Ron Howell
Sports Editor

The Sweetwater girls have already played two district basketball games. They are joined by the boys for the first time to host Snyder in a 5-4A doubleheader this evening at Mustang Gym.
Both the Sweetwater and Roscoe boys teams will be making their district debuts tonight as part of basketball doubleheaders. Roscoe travels to Albany to start District 8-2A play.
Highland’s girls go to Trent minus the boys, however, in 13-1A. Trent’s boys cancelled their season, leaving Highland with an unexpected open date.
Both Blackwell teams are hosting Veribest in 11-1A and it’s a big game for the first-place girls, who are 5-0 while Veribest is 4-1. Blackwell's boys, meanwhile, have a 2-2 district mark that is the same as Veribest.
Tonight’s girls game at Mustang Gym will also be a beginning of sorts for Sweetwater, which is 1-1 in district. It will be the Lady Mustangs' 5-4A home opener, and also their first home game of 2019 and the first since Dec. 4. Snyder is at 1-0 and a half-game up on Sweetwater and Big Spring, tied for first with Greenwood.
Sweetwater’s boys (2-18), after a brutal non-district schedule, are also getting a fresh start in 5-4A and for Kevin J. Wright it will be his first district game as head coach. The Mustangs face a Snyder team that is 18-6 overalll and ranked 24th in Class 4A by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches.
Roscoe’s boys also face a tough challenge at Albany — currently ranked 21st in Class 2A. The Plowboys (7-10) are entering district play on a high, however, as they rallied to defeat Forsan 49-40 on Tuesday.
Roscoe won despite trailing 16-2 at the end of the first quarter and they didn’t catch up until the fourth period. Veribest led 37-34 entering the quarter, but was outscored 15-3 over the last eight minutes.
Roscoe was led by Jose Ortega, who had 15 points including a trio of 3-pointers. Jayden Gonzales, Ryan Highsmith and Brandon Lavalais had eight and Junior Martinez and Brayan Medina five. The Plowboys also hit 11 of 16 free throws, all in the second half, to pull away from Forsan.