The Brownwood Lady Lions are running out of time to find answers if they hope to extend the volleyball program’s string of consecutive playoff appearances to nine by the end of the 2012 campaign.

The Lady Lions slipped to 0-2 in District 8-3A action, and 4-17 overall, with a 25-19, 25-18, 25-16 home loss to the Burnet Lady Bulldogs Tuesday night at Warren Gym. Burnet climbed to 2-0 in league action with the victory.

“Defensively we played the best that I think we’ve played,” Lady Lions head coach Jackie Lang said of Brownwood’s performance. “Offensively, I’m still waiting on someone, anyone, to step up and show me they want a front row position. We’re really lacking in desire to put some balls down.”    

Offensively, Brooklyn Stewart led the Lady Lions with eight kills followed by six each from Katie Pevehouse and Devin Lyons, four by Brooke Montemayor, two from Makayla Hight and one by Paxton Vaughn.

Vaughn also dished out 14 assists while Naomi Rosato was credited with 11. Mabree Moore served Brownwood’s only ace of the night.

On the defensive end, Moore’s 20 digs were a team-high trailed by five each from Vaughn and Lyons, four apiece by Pevehouse and Cassandra Mendez, three from Rosato and one each by Stewart and Montemayor.

Stewart also finished with two blocks, while Pevehouse recorded one.

In the opening set, a kill from Pevehouse evened the score at 7-all, but Burnet went on a 9-3 run to open a 16-10 advantage as the Lady Lions got no closer than three points.

The second set was nightmarish for the Lady Lions as they surrendered the first seven points overall and 12 of the first 13 to find themselves in a quick double-digit hole.

The final set saw Brownwood jump out to a 9-6 edge following a block for a point by Stewart, but Burnet stormed back with a 7-1 surge to grab a 13-10 lead that later grew to 24-13.

The Lady Lions will attempt to snap a five-game skid, notch their third home victory and — most importantly — earn their first 8-3A triumph at 5 p.m. Friday when Lampasas comes calling.

“Hopefully we can get a home win on Friday,” Lang said. “I know homecoming is a crazy time, so hopefully we can focus and beat Lampasas. After tonight they are probably 0-2 in district also, so it should be a battle. I’m hopeful we’ll come out with a little more desire than we had tonight and put some balls on the floor.”