Plagued by a sluggish offensive performance, the Brownwood Lady Lions dropped their second contest in as many nights, falling to the Class 5A San Angelo Central Lady Cats, 52-34, Tuesday night at Warren Gym.
LaCresha Williams cracked double figures for the sixth consecutive game with 14 points, but no other Lady Lion contributed more than five points.
Meanwhile, Central received 12 points from Brooke Bailey, 10 points from Lyric Ross and nine points from Allison Lipsohn.
“LaCresha’s been pretty steady, but we have to have other people stepping up,” said Lady Lions head coach Nikki Heath. “We have 13 people on this team and everybody has to do their part. Gabby (Colbert) has been playing well, but that’s two posts taking the scoring load. We’ll have a guard score seven or eight points in a game, but we have to have that every night.”
Trailing 31-25 with 2:16 left in the third period, the Lady Lions (2-4) went cold for a 4:34 stretch, which allowed Central to reel off 15 straight points and increase its advantage to 46-25 with 5:33 left in the contest.
“We were pretty close in the first half and played pretty good,” Heath said. “We gave up some threes in the third quarter, they got on a little run and we weren’t scoring.”
After recording just 12 points in the first half of Monday’s 52-47 loss to Clyde, the Lady Lions did not tally more than nine points in any quarter Tuesday.
“We’ve got to hit the buckets on the outside,” Heath said. “We have to consistently score on the outside. When the post kicks it out, we have to hit those shots. We have to have the outside game going as well as the inside game.”
Brownwood opened the game on a 6-0 run and held Central without a point until the 4:11 mark of the first period. Moochie Galloway scored all four of her points during the spurt, while Williams added the other bucket.
Central stormed back to take a 7-6 lead with 2:17 left in the period, but Hailey Williams drained one of only two Brownwood three-pointers to give the Lady Lions a 9-7 lead at the end of the first period.
The Lady Cats took the lead for good by scoring the first eight points of the second period. The lead again reached six points, 19-13, following a bucket by Ross, but the Lady Lions were able to close the gap to 19-17.
Buckets by LaCresha and Alex Williams trimmed the deficit to a field goal with 46 seconds left in the first half, but Lipsohn gave Central a four-point halftime cushion, 21-17, with her late deuce.
The first of Bailey’s three second-half three-pointers pushed the Lady Cats in front, 26-19, at 5:43 mark of the third quarter, but LaCresha Williams answered with her own trey 29 seconds later to close the gap to 26-22. That was as close as Brownwood would get, however.
Brownwood is off for the Thanksgiving holiday as the Lady Lions will attempt to snap a two-game losing streak at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday when they host Lampasas.
“It’s probably a good time for a break,” Heath said. “The kids have been working hard and they’re ready for one. This will give us time to rest up, regroup and get ready to go after Thanksgiving.”