The Brownwood Lions have reached double figures in the win column just 13 games into the season.
The Lions continued their pre-district roll with a lopsided 71-42 victory over the San Angelo Chiefs at Warren Gym Tuesday night.
“If you told me at the beginning of the year we’d be 10-3 after 13 games I’d take it,” said Lions head coach Shane Perkins. “The defense has been good all year and the offense is starting to do the little things better, like passing. If we keep doing the little things, then the wins will take care of themselves.”
Brownwood’s 71 points served as a season-high, while Lake View became the 10th opponent the Lions have held under 50 points.
“One of our goals is to hold teams under 50 points and we’ve done that 10 times this year,” Perkins said. “Coincidentally, we’ve won all those games and I think there’s something to be said about that.
“We still have to get our offense clicking, but we did a great job passing the ball and shot the ball with confidence tonight.” Parker Taylor led the Lions with 18 points, Ike Huestis chipped in 16 off the bench and Rashad Deal also finished in double figures with 14 points.
Also providing stellar play offensively were Kevin Cunningham and Mike Thompson, who tallied nine and eight points, respectively.
Lake View was led by James Lawlor, who tallied 17 points. Paul Mesta added nine points.
After giving up seven quick points, the Lions settled down and finished the first period with a 23-9 lead.
Lake View scored the first five points of the second quarter to trim the deficit back to single digits, 23-14, but the Lions responded with a 16-1 run. At halftime, the Lions’ advantage stood at 39-18.
Brownwood got off to a shaky second-half start offensively, but after a time out the Lions regrouped and carried a 54-25 lead into the final eight minutes.
“This is the first game all year we scored over 60 points and the first 5 1/2 minutes of the third quarter we only scored five,” Perkins said. “I called a time out and told them that we’re pretty good on offense when we play hard and do the little things right, but when we play nonchalant we’re not very good.
“Once we started picking up the tempo again we scored 10 points the last two minutes.”
The Lions will be back in action Friday as they visit Abilene Cooper at 7:30 p.m. in a rematch of Brownwood’s 54-38 home win on Nov. 27.
Lions 71, Lake View 42
Lake View 9 9 7 17 — 42
Brownwood 23 16 15 17 — 71 Leading scorers
Lake View: James Lawlor 17, Paul Mesta 9, Henry Munoz 6, Michael Moses 5, Seth Riddle 3, Remington Garcia 2.
Brownwood (10-3): Parker Taylor 18, Ike Huestis 16, Rashad Deal 14, Kevin Cunningham 9, Mike Thompson 8, Cody Clements 2, Russell Foy 2, Jordan Longoria 2.
No. 14 Jim Ned 66, Lady Horns 54
EARLY — The Early Lady Horns dropped their third straight contest, falling to No. 14 Jim Ned in the District 6-2A opener, 66-54, here Tuesday night.
Early (10-7, 0-1) trailed 21-11 after one quarter and 39-21 at halftime. The Lady Horns cut the deficit to 45-42 heading into the fourth quarter, but were outscored 21-12 in the closing eight minutes.
Bailey Harris and Brittany Wilson tallied 12 points apiece, followed Tresta Donahoo’s nine, Sarah Russell’s seven, Sydney Skeen’s six, four from Katelyn Matlock and two from Julia Loudermilk.