Bulletin Staff Report

BALLINGER — The Brownwood Lions finished the Ballinger tournament with their second straight win, knocking off the Bangs Dragons, 56-47, here Saturday.

The Lions (2-3) broke a 17-17 halftime tie by grabbing a slim 32-31 lead through three quarters, then Brownwood outscored Bangs (6-2) by a 24-16 count over the final eight minutes.

All-tournament team member Marquos Barnes led the Lions with 20 points, followed by 12 from Derek Longoria, eight from Graylon Brown, six from Greg Jefferson, four from Christian Lang, three from Michael Ballejo and one point from Luke Chastain.

Marcus Smith led Bangs with 14 points, while Matt Simons finished with 13 points and earned all-tournament honors. Clay Brim chipped in seven points, trailed by three from Grant Bear and two each from Issac Brown and Quenton Sprowls.

The Lions will visit Stephenville at 8 p.m. Tuesday while Bangs returns to action Thursday at the Albany tournament.

Lady Lions 72, Reagan County 45

BALLINGER — The Brownwood Lady Lions answered their worst offensive effort of the season with a new team-high in points in Saturday’s 72-45 victory over Reagan County at the Ballinger tournament.

The Lady Lions (5-4), who are just three wins shy of matching last year’s total, led 19-9 after one quarter, 38-17 at halftime and 56-37 through three periods of play.

Patricia Wilson and Kelsey Gober earned all-tournament honors as Wilson finished with 18 points, seven rebounds, six assists and four steals Saturday, while Gober chipped in 14 points, six boards and three steals.

Sara Byrd also finished in double figures with 11 points, followed by Mallorie Maxwell with seven points and seven rebounds, Sydnie Darden with five points, Hannah Mask and Trinity Ansons with four points each, and Neelie Carriger, Tiara Brown and Shelby Byrd with three points apiece.

The Lady Lions will be back in action at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday when they host Abilene High.

Lady Dragons win Merkel round-robin tournament

MERKEL — The Bangs Lady Dragons won two of their final three games at the Merkel tournament to finish tied with Ponder with a 4-1 weekend mark, but Bangs’ win over Ponder earned the tiebreaker for the Lady Dragons.

Bangs (11-4) defeated Grape Creek, 46-27, and Merkel, 38-22, while suffering a 51-50 loss to Llano on a free throw with no time left on the clock.

In the victory over Grape Creek, tournament MVP Hillary Evans scored 14 points, followed by 11 each from Chelsy Lipsey and all-tournament selection Danielle Denbow.

Lipsey and Keirstin Williams led Bangs with 10 points each in the win over Merkel, followed by five from Denbow, four from Evans and Keelee Allen, two points each from Beth Mullins and Abby Hall and one point from Nette Evers.

In the loss to Llano, Evans and Denbow tallied 15 points apiece, Lipsey and Williams finished with six each, Hall had four points and Drea Evers and Mullins notched two points each.

Bangs will host No. 21 Jim Ned at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

No. 10 Lady Horns

drop fourth straight

STEPHENVILLE — The No. 10 Early Lady Horns’ bid to rally from a eight-point deficit after three quarters came up one point short in a 49-48 loss to Aledo Saturday.

After opening the season with five straight wins, the Lady Horns have dropped four games since Tuesday — two to a pair of 4A schools, one to a state-ranked 3A team and one to a Top 5 Class 2A squad.

Tied at 12-all after one quarter, Early trailed 27-22 at halftime and 37-29 after three quarters.

Tresta Donahoo and Julia Loudermilk finished with 12 points each, followed by 10 from Bailey Harris, six from Katie Isom and four points each from Tylene Middleton and Brianna Childs.

Early will return to action Thursday at the Dublin tournament.