The Brownwood Lady Lions ran their string of sweeps against District 2-3A opponents to four Tuesday night, thanks to a 25-11, 25-21, 25-18 victory over Graham at Warren Gym.
The Lady Lions (22-8, 4-0) were pushed slightly as they had to rally from a couple of two-point deficits in the second and third sets, but the final outcome was never in doubt.
“We’re playing really good,” said junior outside hitter Julie Kennedy. “We’re coming out strong and finishing strong. We haven’t gone more than three games in any of our district games, and we’re proud of that.”
Brownwood again dominated at the net as Flynn Harrell finished with a team-high 18 kills, followed by 13 from Kennedy, nine from Moochie Galloway and one each from Stephanie Jordy and Shalisa Hall.
The Lady Lions also racked up 14 blocks as team, led by four each from Harrell and Chloe Geye. Jordy added three, Galloway finished with two and Kennedy chipped in one.
In charge of making the Lady Lions’ net game go was setter Alex Williams, who tallied 40 assists.
Defensively, Jalisa Hall led all Lady Lions with six digs, followed by five from Harrell and four each from Kennedy and RaeLee Taylor.
The Lady Lions attribute their dominance in District 2-3A action thus far to their pre-district schedule, which was filled with 4A and 5A programs.
“Playing the 4A and 5A schools helped a lot and got us ready for what we’re seeing now,” Kennedy said. “Graham and Breckenridge (which the Lady Lions swept Friday) were tougher than we thought, but we still pulled through and got them in three.”
Brownwood cruised in the opening set, scoring eight of the first 10 points. Harrell and Galloway tallied two kills each to help the Lady Lions gain the early edge.
After Graham (2-2 in 2-3A) closed the gap to 14-8, the Lady Lions reeled off six straight points - highlighted by kills from Jordy and Galloway - to increase their advantage to 20-8.
Harrell added the finishing touch with a kill for the 25th point and a 14-point win.
In the second set, Brownwood appeared in control with a 17-13 advantage, but Graham responded with six straight points to grab a 19-17 lead.
“Our passing was just off,” Kennedy said.
Trailing 20-18, the Lady Lions rebounded with a kill from Kennedy and an unforced Graham error to pull even at 20-all. Two more Graham miscues pushed the Lady Lions in front, 22-20.
After a service error, Brownwood received two kills from Kennedy and a Graham spike out of bounds for the final four-point margin.
The Lady Lions also found themselves down 14-12 in the third set, but six straight points swung the momentum.
A kill by Kennedy and a Galloway ace allowed Brownwood to pull even at 14-all. Two blocks from Geye that resulted in points, another Galloway ace and a kill by Kennedy gave Brownwood an 18-14 lead.
Shalisa Hall’s kill made the score 20-16, then Harrell tallied two more kills and a block for a point that upped the advantage to 24-18. Brownwood’s final point was awarded when Graham was whistled for a lift call.
Though the Lady Lions still have six games standing between themselves and a potential district championship - starting with Friday’s 6 p.m. contest at Abilene Wylie - their objective exceeds simply winning the 2-3A title.
“We want to go to state,” Kennedy said. “That’s our goal and we think we can do it.”