SWEETWATER — The Steers have struggled since district play began, but they may have turned a corner Tuesday as Big Spring defeated the Mustangs 49-39 to pick up its first 4-3A victory.
After a hard-fought loss to Greenwood last Friday, the win came in a timely manner for BSHS Head Coach Cliff Thompson.
“We carried over the momentum from the Greenwood game,” Thompson said. “We executed well and we shot the ball well and played good defense.”
Ty Sealy and Tyler Graves each put up 13 points for the Steers, while Tavaris Walker had nine.
Thompson — who was short on man power at the varsity level — was forced to borrow from the junior varsity squad. Three newcomers — sophomores Tobyn Tannehill, Tyler Bryan and junior transfer from Permian, Chris Sledge, have filled key support roles. The trio accounted for eight points during Tuesday's win.
“We played a smart and sound game,” Thompson said. “We spread the ball out and made the plays we needed to without hurting ourselves.”
Thompson will try to keep the ball rolling when they play host to the Snyder Tigers on Friday.
“Snyder is dangerous team, even if their record doesn't show it,” Thompson added. “Their point guard is very good, he's a game-changer. They always play extremely hard. You can't sleep on them or you can get in trouble.”
Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. at Steer Gym.
SWEETWATER — A playoff spot may be awaiting the Lady Steers — who are now 3-3 in District 4-3A action — as Tuesday night's gritty overtime win proved they can handle the pressure.
BSHS (15-13 overall), tied the game at 37 at the buzzer when Alexis Cansino's only basket of the evening fell in as regulation expired to send the game into extra minutes.
A late foul on Big Spring put Sweetwater in a position to force double-overtime, but both free throws had to be good. Only the second shot fell in and with a one-point lead, the Lady Steers held on to win, 41-40.
Julianna Rodriguez led BSHS with 12 points, Logan Yarbar added 11, Dyrshae Vanderbilt hit nine and Diamonique Mayes chipped in six.
The Lady Steers will welcome the Lady Tigers to Steer Gym on Friday. Tip off is slated for 6:15 p.m.
FORSAN — The Bobcats were stymied by both the Buffaloes' offense and defense Tuesday, as Forsan (14-8, 4-1) defeated district foe Smyer, 57-39.
The Buffs took an early lead and never relented, holding a 16-point advantage at the halfway mark.
Forsan struggled at the free throw line, going 13-of-26, but it didn't matter. A 17-2 run in the second quarter created an insurmountable deficit for the Bobcats.
Tyler Evans and Aric Hernandez put up 17 points apiece for the Buffaloes, Matthew Mims added 13 and Kade Fannin had seven points and nine rebounds.
“We came out strong on defense and hot on offense,” FHS Head Coach Gary Huckabee said. “Smyer is an excellent team, but we were focused from the opening tip until the final buzzer.”
The Buffs will play host to Sundown on Friday at 8 p.m.
FORSAN — The No. 4 ranked Lady Cats of Smyer had already beaten the Lady Buffaloes and held a perfect district record heading into Tuesday's game, but FHS Head Coach Lindsey Schmidt said earlier in the week that if her team could play put on a strong defensive performance, they could end Smyer's run.
They did just that and Forsan pulled off a 52-45 upset over Smyer, improving their district record to 4-2 (18-8 overall).
“I can't say enough about the girls and their effort,” Schmidt said. “They didn't play scared. Defensively, I just can't say enough. It was a group effort. They double-teamed and helped each other out. It was a team effort all the way around.”
Forsan was hot from the three-point area as well. Brittney Hergert sank three 3s, Ali Knight hit two and Jahnia Willard and Mary-Ashley McDaniel each had one in what Schmidt described as a “huge” win.
The well-rounded performance was key to the game according to Maria Ortiz, who added 16 points for the lady Buffs.
“I think we executed really well,” Ortiz said. “We played really well together and we hit a lot of outside shots.”
Ortiz and her teammates had to contend with a tall Smyer squad — she was charged with guarding a 6'3'' post throughout the evening.
“We had to make sure we put on a lot of pressure,” Ortiz explained. “We had to keep the ball out of their hands as much as possible and we did really well. We kept them off the boards and we got them into foul trouble early."
“To start out this year, we were looking at maybe not even making the playoffs,” Schmidt added. “That's what everybody was saying: 'who's Forsan', you know? So now to come in and have this win, there could potentially be a three-way tie for the district championship in one of the toughest districts.”
McDaniel agreed with Schmidt's assessment.
“We feel a lot better about where we stand in district,” McDaniel added. “I think Plains will be tough, but we just have to keep going and anything's possible.”
Next up for the Lady Buffs will be a visit from Sundown, whom they will meet Friday at 6:30 p.m.
COAHOMA — The Bulldogs (10-13, 0-4) remain winless on the season in District 4-2A action as a tough Brownfield squad proved to be too much for Coahoma, who lost 66-38.
The Dogs fell behind early and found themselves in a 40-20 hole at halftime.
Tanner Ruiz accounted for 10 points and Shanen Warneke added nine, but were outmatched by BHS.
Coahoma will have a chance to claim a district win Friday against Lamesa on the road.
Game time is set for 8 p.m.
COAHOMA — CHS (9-18, 2-4) Head Coach Paul Hartman and his team earned their second District 4-2A victory against the Lady Cubs defeating Brownfield 44-43 in a thrilling matchup in front of a home crowd.
Savannah Neff led the Bulldogettes with 14 points, Kyla Clanton chipped in 11 and Kaeli Yaeger had 10.
“It was a close game,” Hartman said. “We played very good defense for the most part. We held on to win a close game and matured as a team.”
Next up for Coahoma will be a road trip to Lamesa. Tip off is slated Friday at 6:30 p.m.
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