Brownwood wraps up regular season at home Tuesday vs. Wylie
With their third consecutive District 5-4A victory — all at Warren Gym — the Brownwood Lions have gone from the outside looking in to securing the league's second playoff seed.
Brownwood avenged a stunning loss to Snyder on Oct. 3 with a 25-14, 25-19, 25-18 triumph Friday. The 5-4A runner-up Lady Lions improved to 4-3 in district, 14-18 overall, with one district match left at home against Abilene Wylie at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Snyder slipped to 2-5 in district along with Big Spring — two games back of the Lady Lions — while Sweetwater (3-4) visits 5-4A champion Wylie (6-0) Saturday, but Brownwood has already swept the Lady 'Stangs.
“I'm very proud of the way the girls have stepped up the second part of district,” said Lady Lions second-year head coach Julie Kennedy. “We had to change some things along the way, and the girls have responded really well. We kind of made a deal with ourselves that we're not going to get beat on our home court in district, and we've been able to keep that so far. We hope to continue that on Tuesday when Wylie comes here.”
Torrey Miller sparked the Brownwood offense with a 20-kill performance trailed by 12 from Mikaela Smith, eight by Cheyenne Stroope, four from Ashlynn Patteson and two each by McKenzie Welker and Davalynn Monroe.
Hadley Monroe distributed 18 assists, Davalynn Monroe dished out 17 and Smith, Patteson and Tyra Cotton were credited with one apiece.
Davalynn Monroe served six aces while Miller and Smith contributed three apiece.
Defensively, Miller's 23 digs led the way followed by 18 from Davalynn Monroe, 14 from Patteson, six each from Stroope, Annie Gillispie, Caitlyn Moody and Lakyn Ratliff, four by Hadley Monroe, two apiece by Welker and Cotton and one by Smith.
At the net, Stroope finished with a pair of blocks and Smith added one.
“The girls all together played well, but our passing was really good,” Kennedy said. “With Wylie coming up and then the playoffs, we still need to work on our hitters being more consistent with putting the ball away.”