The crowd at Steer Gym on Friday wasn't happy with the officiating late in the game, which drew boos from Big Spring natives who thought a couple of traveling calls were omitted for Lubbock Cooper, while the Steers were being unfairly called for fouls.
In the end, the Pirates held on to defeat the Steers 59-51.
Cooper's Brent Carlson made 14-of-18 free throws during the game and the Pirates never relinquished the lead.
After a see-saw first half, the Steers found themselves trailing by 12 with under three minutes to play in the third stanza.
Tyler Graves led the charge for the Steers as they rallied in the final quarter of play, cutting the Pirates' lead to just four points twice.
It was too little, too late.
“We've done this all year,” said BSHS Head Coach Cliff Thompson. “We did a good job of fighting back after falling behind, but we have to put four quarters together.”
And that remains the focus as the Steers prepare for District 4-3A action.
“We played well,” Thompson added. “Our big guys were out for disciplinary reasons, but I felt we had a strong inside presence, but we could have made some more stops.”
Graves led the Steers in scoring with 11 points. Tyler Wigington added 10.
The Steers will resume play Monday on the road against Andrews. Game time is slated for 7:30 p.m.
It was a wild game for the Lady Steers as well, who lost a close match to district foe Sweetwater 35-33 — but not before taking the Lady Mustangs to the wire.
BSHS started strong, outscoring Sweetwater 11-8 in the first stanza and held an 11-5 early in the game.
In the second quarter, the Lady Steers' offense was silent, as SHS held them scoreless, while putting up 12 points of their own.
Big Spring wouldn't score again until three minutes left in the third period. Sweetwater went on a 19-0 run.
The Lady Steers weren't finished.
They matched the Lady Stangs' six-point third quarter and exploded in the fourth quarter, in which they outscored SHS 16-9.
It looked like BSHS had a chance to pull out a win when with 1:29 left in the final period, Diamonique Mayes sank one to take a 33-32 lead.
Sweetwater's Kendra Crosson produced a three-point play after being fouled on a field goal and hitting the free throw to give the lead back to the Lady Mustangs.
It came down to the buzzer as Big Spring's Julianna Rodriguez went the length of the court unguarded but missed a running jump shot. Time expired before Rodriguez could attempt another shot.
The Lady Steers will face Snyder on Tuesday on the road. Tip off is scheduled for 7:39 p.m.
FORSAN — Aric Hernandez put up 16 points and Kade Fannin chipped in 11 points and had nine rebounds, but it wasn't enough for the Buffs (10-7) as they lost to the visiting Buffaloes (16-3) of Stanton, 66-46.
Cole Schroyer had a game-high 21 points for Stanton as they outscored Forsan in the first three quarters. Scott Smith added 15 points, Jonathan Ramos — who returned from an injury — put up 14 points and Drew Snellgrove contributed 10.
According to FHS Head Coach Gary Huckabee, his Buffaloes didn't play up to their potential.
“We were out of sync from the get-go,” Huckabee said. “(Hernandez) had a pretty good game. We kept fighting, I like that, but Stanton is a good team and they came out on fire andhit seven 3s on us. They played a great game.”
Forsan will open district play against Sundown on Tuesday on the road.
“Sundown is always a good, solid team,” Huckabee added. 'They aren't as big as they usually are, but it will be another tough one.”
SMYER — The Lady Buffs (14-7, 0-1) were also stymied Friday as they were bested by the Lady Bobcats 54-40, despite a strong showing by Jahnia Willard (12 points) and Maria Ortiz — who had the unenviable task of guarding a 6'3'' Smyer player for the duration of the outing — as well as putting up 10 points in the loss.
“(Ortiz) played a really good ball game,” said Lindsey Schmidt, FHS head basketball coach. “I thought we played a good first half, but we got into some foul trouble. We had three good quarters, actually, and one not-so-good quarter.”
The loss to Smyer didn't discourage Schmidt, as they are a perennially powerful squad.
“They have won state three out of the last five years,” Schmidt added. “Right now I think they are No. 9 in the state. I was proud of the girls' effort. We had a really good post game. We can compete with anyone in our district if they all just come out and play.”
Forsan will play Sundown on Tuesday on the road.
COAHOMA — In the battle of the Bulldogs, Ira came out on top of host Coahoma on Friday, defeating the 'Dogs — who were missing two starting players — 71-47.
Namen McCullough led CHS with 15 points in the Bulldogs' last outing before beginning District 4-2A play Friday at rival Stanton.
BROWNFIELD — The Bulldogettes were outscored by the Lady Cubs in the first three quarters, but despite fourth quarter rally, Coahoma came home with a 47-37 loss.
Coahoma will welcome Lamesa on Tuesday.
• Temple College defeated Howard College, 63-55. Next vs. Midland College, Dorothy Garret Coliseum, HC campus, Monday, 5:45 p.m.
• Grady (boys) defeated Wellman-Union, 72-19. Glaze, 11; Rodriguez, 11; Lucas, 11. Next at Loop, Tuesday 8 p.m.
• Grady (girls) defeated Wellman-Union, 60-16. Avery, 17; Sawyer, 15; Oppegard, 12; Arnold, 10. Next at Loop, Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.
• Garden City (boys) defeated Bronte, 60-40. Davis, 16; Miller, 11; Bustos, 10. Next at Robert Lee, Tuesday, 8 p.m.
• Garden City (girls) defeated Bronte, 46-27. H. Halfmann, 13; K. Halfmann, 10. Next at Robert Lee, Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.