Bulletin Staff Report
ABILENE — With a home date against San Angelo Lake View scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, the Brownwood Lions will carry the momentum of a 3-1 performance at the Abilene Wylie round-robin tournament into their next contest.
The Lions — who stumbled against No. 8 Whitehouse but defeated Olney and Lubbock Cooper — capped tournament play with a 51-48 victory over Jim Ned Saturday afternoon.
Brownwood (9-3) limited previously unbeaten Jim Ned to pair of free throws over the final 5 1/2 minutes of the game to complete a fourth-quarter rally.
The Lions trailed by one point at halftime, 26-25, fell behind by as many as eight points in the third period, but closed the gap to 38-37 prior to the start of the fourth quarter, according to Lions head coach Shane Perkins.
Brownwood struggled to find a rhythm offensively throughout much of the contest due to Jim Ned’s constant full court pressure.
“That’s the first time in my coaching career I’ve seen a team full court press you whether you made the shot or missed it,” Perkins said. “Our guys had never seen it, and it took us about 2 1/2 quarters to get down what we were supposed to do consistently.”
After turning the ball over 17 times in the first three quarters, the Lions had just three turnovers in the fourth quarter.
Rashad Deal led Brownwood with 21 points, followed by eight points and 13 rebounds from Parker Taylor and seven points and nine boards from Mike Thompson.
Russell Foy also added seven points, followed by four from Kenny Vaccaro, three from Ike Huestis and one point from Kevin Cunningham.
Graham 55, Lady Lions 48
Lady Lions 54, Big Spring 38
CLYDE — The Brownwood Lady Lions salvaged their final game at the Clyde tournament Saturday, picking up a 54-38 win over Big Spring.
Brownwood jumped out to a 15-4 first-quarter lead, owned a 22-16 halftime edge and took a 36-30 advantage into the final eight minutes.
All-tournament selection LaCresha Williams scored 15 points to pace the Lady Lions, followed by 11 points from Alex Williams, seven each from Gabby Colbert and Hailey Williams, five from Moochie Galloway, four from Shalisa Hall, three from Courtney Monroe and two points from Sabrina Castillo.
On Friday, the Lady Lions suffered a 55-38 loss to Graham.
Brownwood trailed 14-8 after one quarter, 26-16 at halftime and 42-22 through three quarters.
LaCresha Williams and Hailey Williams tallied 17 points each to lead the Lady Lions, followed by four points each from Alex Williams and Galloway and three points apiece from Colbert and Hall.
The Lady Lions (5-9) will not be back in action until Friday when they visit San Angelo Lake View.
CROSS TIMBERS CLASSIC
McKinney Boyd 49,
Lady Horns 45
THESA 62, Lady Horns 42
STEPHENVILLE — The Early Lady Horns dropped their final two games at the Cross Timbers Classic, suffering a 49-45 loss to McKinney Boyd Friday and a 62-42 defeat at the hands of THESA Saturday.
In Friday’s loss, Early trailed 12-10 after one quarter, led 24-22 at halftime, but fell behind 37-29 heading into the fourth quarter.
Sydney Skeen scored a team-high 17 points, followed by eight from Brittany Wilson, seven from Bailey Harris, five from Sarah Russell and four points apiece from Tresta Donahoo and Katelyn Matlock.
No details were available on the Saturday contest.
The Lady Horns (10-6) open District 6-2A action at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday when Jim Ned visits.