BY DERRICK STUCKLY
The Brownwood Lions were held scoreless during the first period of Wednesday’s season finale against Liberty Hill at Warren Gym, which translated to a 70-34 loss.
The Lions finished the season with an 0-25 record overall and went 0-10 in district for the second straight year.
Trailing 22-0 after one quarter, the Lions tallied their first points of the game a little more than nine minutes after the opening tip. Brownwood faced a 40-7 deficit at halftime and was down 61-23 heading into the fourth period.
Hayden Day scored 15 points to lead the Lions followed by six from Tyler Jackson, four from Bruce Sterling, three each from Kye Healer and Rosavelt Duffie, two points from Colt Garrett and one point from Tanner Donathan. Healer and Donathan, the two Lion seniors, played their final high school games.
Aedan Welch paced District 8-3A co-champion Liberty Hill (25-8, 9-1) with 14 points, trailed by 12 each from Quentin Gillespie and Conner Lowe.
Dragons 65, Coleman 48
BANGS — The Bangs Dragons forced a tie with the Early Longhorns for second place in the final District 6-2A boys basketball standings thanks to a 65-48 victory over Coleman Wednesday night.
Bangs (15-8, 10-4) and Early (19-7, 10-4) will square off at 7 p.m. Friday at the Brownwood Coliseum to decide the district’s second and third playoff seeds. Early won the first meeting at Bangs, 54-45, on Dec. 17, while Bangs picked up the win at Early, 61-60, on Jan. 21.
The winner of Friday’s game will face either Alpine or Reagan County in the bi-district round, while the loser will meet District 5-2A runner-up Kermit.
In Wednesday’s win, Bangs led 15-6 after one quarter, 28-22 at halftime and 44-37 heading to the fourth period.
Dalton Johnson racked up 28 points for the Dragons followed by Keegan Hall with 12, Brayden James with nine, Baylen Horton, Willie Calvin and Frankie Smith with four points each, Chayne Burton with two and Darius Gant and Edo Zanetti with one point each.