SW hoop squads defeated by Wylie

Ron Howell
Sports Editor

ABILENE — Sweetwater’s teams both lost in their District 5-4A basketball doubleheader at Wylie on Tuesday. The girls ended their season; the boys end Feb. 13 at Brownwood.
For both it was the final time either of them will face Wylie in district play, since it moves to 5A next season.
Wylie girls 73,
Sweetwater girls 48
Sweetwater’s girls aren’t done playing, however, as they await the playoffs that start next week.
And Sweetwater played well for most of Tuesday’s game, holding a one-point lead (39-38) in the third period until Wylie (8-0) finished on a 35-9 run.
Sweetwater (2-6) will play the District 6-4A winner in the playoffs after finishing as the No. 4 seed in 5-4A for Devin Griffin, their first-year head coach. Details are not yet available.
Sweetwater led 4-0 before Wylie rallied, and later led 17-16 in the final seconds of the first quarter until Wylie regained a pair of six-point leads. The Lady Mustangs fought back again, however, and tied it up 30-30 at halftime. They then overtook Wylie on Tavis Black’s hoop with 2:35 left in the third period for a 39-38 lead. But they were unable to sustain their success after that.
Black and Shavie Green led Sweetwater with 14 points. Amber Knox had 12, Jessica Poe five and Kyla Daniel three to complete the scoring.
Wylie boys 83
Sweetwater boys 34
Wylie’s boys (6-0) led all the way against Sweetwater (3-4), which is still third in the 5-4A standings after Brownwood beat Snyder. But coach Bryan Loera’s Mustangs still need a win or a loss by Big Spring (1-5) to make it to postseason play.
Wylie led by just six, 16-10, at the end of the opening period. But a 24-6 second quarter and 29-6 third quarter overwhelmed Sweetwater as the Bulldogs built a 69-22 advantage before emptying their bench.
Kobe Clark was Sweetwater’s leading scorer, finishing with 11 points. None of his teammates hit double figures, however, as Kiante McCoy had six and Jackson Foster, Ky Hoover and J.L. Solis four. Logan Wedin had three points and Tristan Morrow two. The Mustangs will get an open date before going to Brownwood (4-2), which beat Snyder 42-24 to clinch a playoff spot.
Before facing Sweetwater, Brownwood will travel to Wylie in its next-to-last game on Friday.