Regular season begins Nov. 7 at home against Granbury

The Brownwood Lady Lions have experienced a countless number of firsts since Heather Hohertz took over the program nine seasons ago. Last season marked the first outright district championship in program history, which came on the heels of the Lady Lions' first berth in the regional tournament the season prior.

The latest first occurred at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday as the Lady Lions held their first Midnight Madness practice to begin a season.

“I was thinking of something fun to kick off the season with to get the girls some exposure but I didn't really know it would blow up to be this big,” Hohertz said. “It's just something fun, a change in the culture to something new.”

The Lady Lions held an enthusiastic workout that lasted almost 90 minutes, and none of the players seemed fazed by the unusual start time.

“Most of them were really up for it, really excited,” Hohertz said. “I hope they had fun and will continue to have good energy these first few days of practice.”

The Lady Lions will hold their first of two scrimmages on Oct. 28 at home against Wall, then open the season Nov. 7 back at Warren Gym against Granbury. Highlighting Brownwood's pre-district schedule is the return of the TexasBank Holiday Classic at the Brownwood Coliseum Dec. 28-30. District 5-4A action starts Jan. 5 at Abilene Wylie in a battle of the two preseason league favorites.

“We return four starters so our expectations are really high, especially being reigning district champs,” Hohertz said. “I know that's a long way down the road, but we set our schedule up to be pretty tough, to challenge us this year to hopefully get beyond the second round. Our talent level should push us past the second round, but we'll see how it goes when we get there.”

In eight previous seasons under Hohertz, the Lady Lions own a 171-83 record, winning 67 percent of their games with two district championships, six bi-district titles and a postseason appearance every year after never reaching the playoffs before.