Brownwood notches sixth straight win, improves to 19-2, faces Colorado City at 8:30 p.m. Thursday
The No. 6 Brownwood Lady Lions earned their 19th victory, and sixth in a row, with a 65-33 triumph over Brady in their first game of the TexasBank Holiday Classic Thursday afternoon at Warren Gym.
Brownwood (19-2) scored the game's initial 24 points as the outcome was determined prior to the conclusion of the first period.
“It wasn't bad after a five-day layoff,” said Lady Lions head coach Heather Hohertz. “We were energized and active on defense. We held them to three points in the first quarter so we communicated and rotated pretty well. We didn't shoot the ball well from the free throw line, but we made 10 three-pointers so that helped out.”
The Lady Lions carried a 24-3 edge into the second period, led 39-9 at the break and owned a 58-17 advantage heading to the fourth period.
Brownwood shot 33 percent from the field (22 of 66) and 31 percent (10 of 32) at the three-point line, while sinking only 57 percent (11 of 19) of its free throws. But the Lady Lions also pulled down 34 rebounds and committed just 10 turnovers, while recording 16 steals.
Mallory Garcia scored 20 points for Brownwood, one of three Lady Lions in double figures, followed by Sage Cupps with 16 and Ryleigh Dalleh with 13. Hadley Monroe added five points trailed by Daisy Green and Kenya Barnes with four apiece and Taytum Sutton with three.
For Brady, Journey Roddie and Millenia Rodriguez were the top point generators with eight apiece.
In the decisive first period, Barnes scored off an offensive rebound 39 seconds in, then Sutton drained a trey for a 5-0 edge. After a near two-minute scoring drought, Dalleh chipped in seven consecutive points to push the lead to 12-0 at the 3:38 mark. Garcia then buried a trey ahead of two buckets from Cupps for a 19-0 cushion. Garcia then sank a trey and two free throws before Roddie lit up the Brady side of the scoreboard with a three-pointer with just seven seconds left in the stanza.
“I told them in the locker room to come out and be focused, it doesn't matter who we're playing,” Hohertz said of the Lady Lions' fast start. “We have to get our legs under us, get a first and second wind and continue to play the way we know how.”
Hohertz wasn't as pleased with the final quarter, where Brownwood was outscored 16-7.
“We got sloppy toward the end, too many turnovers, and we didn't play very good defense,” Hohertz said. “We just kind of watched.”
The Lady Lions will tangle with Colorado City in their next tournament game at 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the high school.