The No. 23 Brownwood Lady Lions didn’t earn any style points — and points in general were difficult to come by — but they wrapped up the regular season with a 58-45 District 6-4A victory over the Graham Lady Blues Friday at Warren Gym on Senior Night.
The Lady Lions (17-10, 5-3), bound for postseason play for the sixth year in a row, will likely face Iowa Park in the bi-district round of the playoffs on Feb. 16, according to head coach Heather Hohertz.
Through three quarters, the Lady Lions were 2 of 20 at the free throw line, but a hot fourth quarter allowed Brownwood to shoot 28 percent overall (8 of 28) from the charity stripe. The Lady Lions also knocked down a trio of first-quarter three-pointers, but were 1 of 12 from beyond the arc the rest of the game.
“It was pretty ugly,” Hohertz said. “We couldn’t buy a basket and we shot 28 percent from the free throw line, so it’s tough to get a big win doing that. For the most part we played pretty hard, we just couldn’t make a shot.”
The Lady Lions were able to generate points in the point as the game progressed and did snare 46 rebounds, led by 16 from freshman Jenna Lyons.
“Jenna was a big-time contributor on the boards,” Hohertz said. “She had 16 rebounds and 13 of those were offensive. She’s come a long way the last four games. I thought she got better tonight and we’ll need her going forward.”
For the 26th time in 27 outings this season, Trejouir Wilson again led Brownwood with 22 points, trailed by 11 from Dominique Revada, eight from Lyons, seven from Kylie Ellis, four each from Mikaela Smith and Tyanne Stewart and two points from Sarah Fox.
“Trejouir had to take a lot of shots to get those 22 points,” Hohertz said. “They all probably had a little bit of fatigue. We didn’t have a good practice Thursday so they ran a lot. I’m sure their legs weren’t all there tonight, which is probably the reason the free throws didn’t go in and points were hard to come by.”
Graham (2-14, 0-7) received eight points each from Nicole King and Lana Plaster.
The Lady Lions led 20-16 after one quarter as Brownwood and Graham combined to convert seven three-pointers in the initial stanza, but the Lady Lions were also 1 of 9 from the free throw line in the quarter.
In the second period, a total of eight points were scored as Brownwood carried a 26-18 lead into the halftime locker room.
“This might have been the craziest game I’ve coached,” Hohertz said. “I’m at a loss for words.”
Wilson tallied the first nine points of the second half and scored 12 in the third quarter as the Lady Lions — who stretched their lead to 18 points, 40-22, at the 1:52 mark — were in front 40-28 heading to the fourth period.
Leading by 17 points, 52-35, with 4:09 left, the Lady Lions surrendered seven straight points as Graham closed the gap to 52-42 at the 1:53 juncture. Brownwood answered with the next six points — two each by Stewart, Wilson and Ellis — to ice the game with 45 seconds remaining.
Friday marked the last home game for Lady Lions seniors Kodi Ribble, Allie Standridge and Unique Jefferson.
“Kodi, Allie and Unique have really helped build this program into a playoff contender each and every year,” Hohertz said. “All you can ask is for seniors to lead on a good note. They’ve left this program in better shape than it was when they got here.”