Hailey Williams banked in a wide-open five-foot jumper with two seconds left as the Brownwood Lady Lions stunned the Lampasas Lady Badgers, 49-48, Tuesday night at Warren Gym.
Brownwood (3-4) — which snapped a two-game losing streak — trailed 48-44 with 22 seconds left following a pair of free throws by Casey O’Connor.
The Lady Lions quickly closed the gap to 48-47 with 14 seconds left when LaCresha Williams drained a three-pointer. Williams led all scorers with 24 points.
“I told them when we came down the court to try and get the ball in either LaCresha’s or Hailey’s hands,” said Lady Lions head coach Nikki Heath. “Fortunately, LaCresha hit the three and put us in striking distance.”
The Lady Lions then got the ball back following a time out when Lampasas failed to get the ball in play in the mandatory five seconds.
“During the time out I told them to double team their best ball handler and everybody else face guard and do not let them get it in,” Heath said. “They stepped up big on defense and got the exact call we wanted.”
Heath also credited the crowd with helping the Lady Lions get the five-second call.
“Toward the end of game, the crowd was making so much noise the officials couldn’t hear the other team trying to call a time out,” Heath said. “The crowd really helped us a lot.”
Following the five-second violation, Brownwood took over possession, but Moochie Galloway missed a three-pointer. After a fight for the loose ball, a tie-up was called and the possession arrow favored the Lady Lions with four seconds left.
The inbounds pass then came to Hailey Williams, who was all alone and made the easy winning shot.
“Moochie set a great screen and everyone was on LaCresha, which left me wide open,” Hailey Williams said.
Hailey Williams finished with eight points and Alex Williams added six as the Lady Lions showed a marked improvement offensively.
“In practice Monday we focused a lot on our offense and finding other ways to score other than LaCresha,” Heath said. “I told them we have to take more high percentage shots. I thought today they did a better job with their shot selections.”
The Lady Lions will be back in action Thursday at the Abilene Polk-Key City Classic.