The Steers may have fallen to 0-3 in District 4-3A play Friday at Steer Gym, but they still gave the fans their money's worth during the 54-49 loss to Greenwood.
Big Spring started off strong, outscoring the Rangers 15-9 in the first quarter. Greenwood mounted an attack and went on a 15-6 run in the second period, including a three-point shot which gave them the lead four minutes before the halfway mark. The Steers went into the locker room at the break down 26-21.
Tavaris Walker — who led the Steers with 19 points — accounted for 15 of the Steers' points in the first half. Ty'Ral Menefield added nine points during the affair and newcomers Chris Sledge and Tyler Bryan — who were plucked from the J.V. Ranks — had strong showings. Sledge put up five points and Bryan had two.
The Steers fell further behind in the third stanza, as Greenwood increased their lead to 11, but the Steers weren't going down without a fight.
Tyler Wigington caught an elbow in the paint and hit the ground hard. According to BSHS Head Coach Cliff Thompson, it is uncertain whether it was an intentional jab, but no foul was called. Wiginton required two stitches for the cut sustained above his eye.
Down by eight in the final minutes of regulation, Wigington reentered the game just as the Steers were mounting a rally.
Menefield hit a three-point shot to cut the Rangers' lead to five. Greenwood responded with a layup, but Sledge added another two point for BSHS, making it a four-point game.
Tyler Graves made an open-court layup with just over a minute to play. Ty Sealy drew a foul and made one-of-two free throws, but that would be all for the Steers, as Greenwood would tack on three more points — all free throws — to end the game.
It was a tough loss for the Steers, who are still looking to establish their place in district, but Thompson was pleased with the level of intensity his team showed.
“If we had the kind of effort we played with in the fourth quarter earlier, we'd have probably won the game,” Thompson said. “Every year, there is kind of a turning point where everyone starts playing together. For us, it's taken a little longer with all of our roster changes, but if we can play like that every game, we have a chance against everyone we play.”
Bryan and Sledge — who each made the jump to varsity in the past week — are just two of the many talented players Thompson is fortunate enough to have access to.
“Tyler is a real smart player,” Thompson explained. “He's not flashy. He works hard and gets us rebounds and steals. Sledge is now starting to hit his stride. He played well. Physically, I thought those two were ready, but the J.V. Team has a lot of good players. Tobyn Tannehill had 28 points last night. Our freshmen team only played five last night. Some kids were missing. They only lost by 10. Playing with five is tough.”
The Steers will be traveling to Sweetwater on Tuesday to take on the Mustangs. Game time is set for 8 p.m.
“Sweetwater is a good team,” Thompson added. “It should be a fun game to watch.”
A slow start proved to be too much to overcome for the Lady Steers (14-13, 2-3), as the Rangerettes came out on top, 49-32 Friday at Steer Gym.
Big Spring fell behind early and never recovered, as Greenwood held a 23-16 lead headed into the half.
The Lady Steers were unable to stage a meaningful comeback as the Rangerettes kept a comfortable lead throughout the game.
Dyrshae Vanderbilt put up 11 points, Julianna Rodriguez chipped in eight and Alexis Cansino added five in the loss.
Big Spring will face Sweetwater on Tuesday on the road. The Lady Steers will try to avenge a loss to the Lady Mustangs and stay in the District 4-3A postseason running.
Game time is slated for 6:30 p.m.
FORSAN — The Buffs (13-8, 3-1) earned their third district win Friday with a 57-45 victory over Tahoka.
Matthew Mims led Forsan with 16 points, while Kade Fannin added 13 along with 10 rebounds, Aric Hernandez chipped in 13, Tyler Evans had nine and Dillon Bagnall registered six.
The Buffaloes hit 18-of-23 shots from the free throw line in the win.
“The team really focused on Tahoka as a key game in our district,” Head Coach Gary Huckabee said. “They came out firing. I am proud of their intensity and commitment.”
Forsan has a pivotal game against Smyer, who they will host Tuesday at 8 p.m.
FORSAN — The Lady Buffaloes (16-8, 3-2) also notched a district win over visiting Tahoka on Friday, downing the Lady Eagles in convincing fashion, 51-19.
Mary Ashley McDaniel outperformed the whole Tahoka squad with her 20 points, Raegan Haggard had 10 and Brittney Hergert put up eight in the rout.
“We played really good defensively,” said FHS Head coach Lindsey Schmidt. “We had a 20-point third quarter and Tahoka scored zero — that was big for us. The bench played really well, too. It was a team effort. It's nice when all your players are scoring.”
Schmidt is preparing her team for for a rematch against Smyer, who upset Plains on Friday, leaving the district wide open — a concept not lost on Schmidt.
“If we can win, there could be a potential three-way tie for first place,” Schmidt explained.
“The key to beating Smyer is stopping their post players. They are a difficult team to stop and we know we'll have our hands full, but I have a lot of confidence in our girls. Maria Ortiz guarded their 6'3'' girl last time and she never made a field goal.”
Smyer wil be in Forsan on Tuesday. Tip off is set for 6:30 p.m
DENVER CITY — The Bulldogs had their hands full and then some Friday on the road against the Mustangs. Denver City denied Coahoma their first win in District 4-2A action by a score of 74-31.
Tanner Ruiz was largely contained and was held to just 10 points. Devin Ruiz and Braxton Iden each had six points in the loss.
“We didn't play well,” CHS Head Coach Kim Nichols said. “Denver City is one of the district's best teams.”
Coahoma will play host to district leader Brownfield on Tuesday. Game time is set for 8 p.m.
DENVER CITY — Kyla Clanton hit 15 points, Kaeli Yaeger added 10 and Savannah Neff chipped in seven, but it wasn't enough to fend off Denver City, who topped the Bulldogettes 54-42 Friday.
Coahoma (8-18, 1-4) played well, according to Head Coach Paul Hartman, but were tripped up by ball handling errors and mental mistakes.
“The girls played hard,” Hartman said. “But we turned the ball over too much and we couldn't score close baskets.”
The Bulldogs will try to avenge a loss to visiting Brownfield on Tuesday.
Tip off is slated for 8 p.m.
• Garden City defeated Blackwell, 72-24. Corbin Davis 14; Sam Miller 13; Juan Bustos 13; Braden Jones 11. Next vs. Water Valley, Tuesday, 8 p.m.
• Lamesa defeated Stanton, 46-44. Cole Schroyer 11; Scott Smith 11; Jonathan Ramos 8. Next vs. Denver City, Tuesday, 8 p.m.
• Lamesa defeated Stanton, 57-37. Bayli Barnhill 13; Jennifer Henley 7. Next vs. Denver City, Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.
Grady defeated Borden County, 50-44.