SNYDER â€” Just call the Big Spring Steers and Lady Steers the Road Warriors.
The Steers and Lady Steers both won their second road game in succession Friday night at Snyder to pull back into District 5-3A contention.
The Lady Steers evened their district record at 2-2 with a 51-41 win over Snyder, while a big second-half rally propelled the Steers to a 51-36 win over the Tigers which improved Big Spring's league record to 2-1.
Both teams returning to action to district action Friday at Abilene Wylie.
BSHS 51, Snyder 36
It was a tale of two halves for Big Spring's boys Friday â€” the first half was forgettable, but the final two quarters were a thing of beauty.
BSHS coach Cliff Thompson had a one-word description â€” â€śuglyâ€ť â€” for the first half, which ended with the Steers trailing 23-17.
And the second half didn't start much better. Late in the third quarter, the Tigers led by 10 points and two of Big Spring's starters â€” Marc Segundo and Ty''ral Menefield â€” were on the bench with foul trouble.
Turns out the Steers had Snyder right where they wanted them.
Fueled by the play of freshman Ty Sealy and reserves Ryan Pollard and Morgan Ausbie, the Steers abruptly reversed course and outscored the Tigers 29-4 the rest of the way to take the win.
Among those impressed with the Steers' second-half efforts was their coach.
â€śThe next thing I know, I look up and we're up by 10 in the fourth quarter,â€ť Thompson said. â€śThe guys really got after them in the second half. That was probably our most complete effort of the season. Everybody, from top to bottom, contributed.â€ť
Segundo had 14 points and Sealy 12 for the Steers, who improved to 12-14 overall with the win.
Combined with Tuesday's road win at Sweetwater, it's been a very good week for the Steers.
â€śIn a five-team district like ours, you have to win your road games if you're going to make the playoffs,â€ť Thompson said. â€śAnd we're going to have to do it again next Friday against a great Wylie team.â€ť
Game time Friday is 7:30 p.m.
BSHS 51, Snyder 41
There was no need for late heroics in the girls' game â€” the Lady Steers raced out to an 18-6 lead after one quarter and maintained a double-digit advantage the rest of the way.
Big Spring's effort was fueled by its guard play; Ambra Hill scored 15 points and mackenzie Stone added 11 to lead the Lady Steers, who improved to 18-7 overall with the win. Hill and Stone combined for six of the team's seven three-point goals.
After losing their first two district games at home against state-ranked Wylie and Brownwood, the Lady Steers have found a second home of sorts on the road with wins over Sweetwater and Snyder. At 2-2 in the district standings, Big Spring finds itself in good position for a playoff spot heading into the final half of the league schedule.
Big Spring will play Monahans in non-district action at 6 p.m. Tuesday at home. Game time Friday at Wylie also is 6 p.m.
BIG SPRING (51)
Logan Yarbar 1; LaShaunte Anderson 2; Cerbi Ritchey 7; Bridgette Tuitt 7; Diamond Mayes 8; Mackenzie Stone 11; Ambra Hill 15.
Karyss McCullar 2, Sydney Parker 5; Zoi Malone 5; Heather Medrano 6; Candice Freeman 8; Jencri Driggers 15.
Three-pointers â€” Big Spring (Ritchey, Stone 3, Hill 3), Snyder (Medrano, Parker, Driggers 2); Total fouls â€” Big Spring 16, Snyder 14; Fouled out â€” Hill.
Big Spring 18 11 14 8 â€” 51
Snyder 6 10 12 13 â€” 41
BIG SPRING (51)
Tyâ€™ral Menefield 2 2-2 6, Marc Segundo 3 5-8 14, Morgan Ausbie 4 0-0 8, Tyler Graves 0 4-4 4, Tyler Wigington 0 0-1 0, Tavaris Walker 0 1-2 1, Richard Lewis 2 1-2 6, Ty Sealy 6 0-6 12. Totals 17 13-25 51
Zach Harris 0 1-2 1, Brandon Davis 1 0-0 2, Malik Davis 2 2-2 6, Dillon King 0 2-2 2, Javon Brown 0 1-2 1, Robbie Rinehart 4 1-3 13, Jordan Gaines 3 1-2 7, Spencer Williams 3 1-2 7. Totals 11 10-19 36
Three-pointersâ€”Big Spring 4 (Segundo 3, Lewis), Snyder 4 (Rinehart 4). Team foulsâ€”Big Spring 19, Snyder 21. Fouled outâ€”Snyder (Brown, Malik Davis). Technical foulsâ€”none
Big Spring 10 7 11 23 â€” 51
Snyder 12 11 6 7 â€” 36