GRAHAM - In an evenly played, back-and-forth encounter, the Brownwood Lady Lions came up a couple of points shy of snatching a victory over the Graham Lady Blues, falling instead in five sets 22-25, 25-20, 23-25, 25-20, 16-14 Friday night.
"The girls played with unbelievable heart and hustle at some key moments," said Lady Lions first-year head coach Jessica Withrow. "We still need to work on our communication and starting a little stronger but I saw some great things. Once we get consistent it's going to be great."
The match was the first for the Lady Lions (7-9) since Saturday, as Brownwood posted a .500 record in eight matches over three days at the Granbury tournament last weekend.
Brownwood's effort against Graham was paced by Torrey Miller, who recorded a career-high 37 kills. Olivia Fowler chipped in 10 kills followed by Aleyia Cotton with eight, Gracie Boswell with three, Lindsey Larose with two and Hadley Monroe and Lakyn Ratliff with one kill apiece.
Hadley Monroe distributed 31 assists, Miller chipped in 17, Davalynn Monroe added four and Annie Gillispie was credited with one.
Gillispie and Miller served Brownwood's two aces.
On the defensive end, Davalynn Monroe notched 24 digs trailed by Miller with 20, Hadley Monroe with 18, Cotton and Caitlyn Moody with 11 apiece, Boswell with six, Fowler with five, Gillispie with three and Ratliff and Larose with two apiece.
At the net, Larose collected five blocks, Miller and Cotton added three each and Katelyn Windham recorded one.
The Lady Lions will return to action at 6 p.m. Tuesday when they host Abilene High.