Both the Brownwood Lions and Lady Lions were able to head into the Thanksgiving break with victories, and will look to build on that momentum tonight.
The Lady Lions held off the Bangs Lady Dragons, 45-43, and the Lions pulled away from the Bangs Dragons, 48-31, seven days ago. Now, the state-ranked Jim Ned Lady Indians and Indians come calling.
The Lady Lions (3-4) will battle the Class 2A No. 6 Lady Indians at 6:30 p.m. at Warren Gym, followed by the Lions’ (1-2) encounter with the Class 2A No. 4 Indians at 8 p.m.
The Lions’ victory over Bangs last week was the first of the season, coming on the heels of losses against Class 4A San Angelo Lake View and Class 3A No. 17 Waco Connally.
In the win, Kye Healer led the Lions with 14 points followed by Andrew Branham’s 10, nine from Bryant McDaniel, six from Andre Allen, four from Bryce Vickers, two each from Tyler Jackson and Bryan Johnson and one point from Jeff Newton.
The game marked the first with the full roster for the Lions, who played with their football additions.
“It’s huge to get some guys back,” Lions head coach Josh Alcorn said following the game. “It’s only three guys, but it changed the mentality of the team. They played hard, gave good effort and it’s good to know there are some guys on the bench.”
The Lady Lions have earned wins over Bangs, Coleman and Marble Falls thus far, with losses at the hands of Early, Cisco, Mason and Llano.
In Brownwood’s most recent win over Bangs, Keeta Vaccaro posted a game-high 22 points to lead the way trailed by seven points from Ashley Vaccaro, six each from Kacie New and Cherita George and two points apiece from Victoria Henry and Unique Jefferson.
Ashley Vaccaro, the Lady Lions’ starting point guard, did not play the second half due to a knee injury, which aided in Bangs’ rally from a 14-point third-quarter deficit.
“It was tough because I knew Ashley was hurting and she wasn’t going to play in the second half, but I’m proud of the other girls for stepping up,” Lady Lions head coach Heather Hohertz said following the game. “We have to get in better shape so we can play for four quarters and finish. Overall, it was a good effort, but we have to keep getting better.”