Bulletin Staff Report
GATESVILLE – The Brownwood Lady Lions ran into a brick wall Wednesday night, but still managed to extend their win streak to five games with a 60-50 come-from-behind victory over the McGregor Lady Dogs in the Gatesville tournament championship game.
Led by the 37 points of 6-2 senior post Sha Brown – who was named first-team Super Centex by the Waco Tribune-Herald following her junior campaign – the Lady Dogs raced out to a 30-15 halftime lead and carried a 41-32 advantage into the fourth period.
But Lady Lions (13-6) chalked up a season-best 45 points in the second half, while allowing just 20. In the fourth quarter alone Brownwood owned a 28-9 scoring edge.
“We were down 15 points at halftime and came back,” said Lady Lions first-year head coach Heather Hohertz said. “That says a lot about our character and how much the girls want to win this season.
“In the first half we played scared because McGregor had two big girls inside. At halftime I told the girls to relax and play their game. They really stepped up when we started pressing and creating turnovers.”
Sara Byrd led Brownwood with 20 points – with 12 coming on four three-pointers – seven rebounds and five steals. All-tournament team member Patricia Wilson chipped in 17 points, eight steals and five boards.
Also contributing for the Lady Lions were Kelsey Gober with seven points, four rebounds and two steals, and Sydnie Darden with six points. Trinity Ansons added four points, while Mallorie Maxwell, Amanda Gober and Hannah Mask – who was also named all-tournament – scored two points apiece.
Wednesday’s victory may have topped Tuesday’s triumph as the most impressive win of the season for Brownwood. The Lady Lions reached the championship game by routing tournament host and formerly 19th-ranked Gatesville by a 57-27 count.
The Lady Lions will target their season-best sixth straight victory when they return to action at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Abilene Cooper.