Brownwood head coach Mary Steed’s preseason prediction that the Lady Lions would be the team to beat in District 2-3A is looking like a safe bet through the first two league contests.
The Lady Lions improved to 20-8 overall, and more importantly 2-0 in district, with their second consecutive straight-set win over a league foe.
Abilene Wylie, which also lost to Brownwood in the Abilene Bev Ball Classic in mid-August, suffered a 25-21, 25-14, 25-13 defeat at the hands of the Lady Lions Tuesday night at Warren Gym.
As the scores indicate, Brownwood got stronger as the match progressed. The Lady Lions were led by 19 kills from Flynn Harrell, 15 from Julie Kennedy, six from Chloe Geye, five from Moochie Galloway and two from Stephanie Jordy.
Harrell, Kennedy and Jalisa Hall tallied five digs each for Brownwood. Kennedy and Jordy posted a team-high five blocks, while Harrell and Geye contributed three each.
Alex Williams tallied a team-high 43 assists, while the Lady Lions as a team served six aces.
In the opening set, Wylie (0-2 in district) rallied from a 20-16 deficit to pull even with Brownwood at 20-all. Geye’s kill gave the Lady Lions a 21-20 edge, but Wylie again drew even at 21.
Galloway then delivered a kill to give the Lady Lions a 22-21 advantage. Harrell added a kill and a tip to push the lead to 24-21, then Galloway’s final kill of the first set secured the Brownwood victory.
In the second set, the Lady Lions scored eight of the first 10 points and raced out to a 17-10 lead. After a Wylie time out, the Lady Lions saw their lead shrink to 17-13.
But Brownwood began to exert its will by scoring eight of the final nine points. The Lady Lions’ closing run was highlighted by a pair of kills from Harrell and one from Kennedy, while the rest of Brownwood’s points came on unforced Wylie errors.
The Lady Lions carried that momentum over to the final set as they tallied the first 12 points to leave no doubt which team would emerge with the victory.
Harrell unleashed three kills, while Geye added two and turned a block into a point in the early going. Wylie closed to gap to nine at one point, but the Lady Lions regained their 12-point cushion, 22-10, on a Kennedy kill. A block from Jordy resulted in the final Brownwood point.
The Lady Lions will return to action at 6:30 p.m. Friday when they head to Breckenridge, one of only two District 3-2A teams - along with Sweetwater - to advance to the Class 3A playoffs last year.