Brownwood downs host Hallsville, New Boston to open tournament action

HALLSVILLE — The No. 16 Brownwood Lady Lions, playing for the first time since upending previously unbeaten Liberty Hill on Dec. 18, continued their winning ways Monday during the first day of the Hallsville tournament.

The Lady Lions ran their win streak to nine games with a 63-29 victory over District 15-3A member New Boston in the opener, followed by a 51-46 triumph over District 15-5A representative and tournament host Hallsville in the nightcap.

As was the case in their win over then-No. 13 Liberty Hill, Brownwood overcame a nine-point first-quarter deficit against Hallsville — which is located a little more than 50 miles west of Shreveport, La. and is a 300-plus mile drive from Brownwood.

Down 16-7 after one quarter, Brownwood surged in front, 23-22 at halftime, but Hallsville reclaimed a 37-34 edge through three periods. In the fourth quarter, however, the Lady Lions owned a 17-9 advantage on the scoreboard and seized the victory.

“It was a hard-fought, ugly win,” said Lady Lions head coach Heather Hohertz. “We defended when we needed to and found a way to win.”

The Lady Lions converted 38 percent (20 of 52) of their field goal attempts, including 30 percent (4 of 13) of their three-pointers, and knocked down 63 percent (7 of 11) of their free throws. Brownwood also grabbed 30 rebounds, with 10 on the offensive end, tallied seven steals and committed 11 turnovers.

Trejouir Wilson led the attack with 16 points followed by Heaven Walker with 15, Dominique Revada with nine, Taytum Sutton and Tyanne Stewart with four apiece and Mallory Garcia with three points.

In the victory over New Boston, Brownwood led 11-6 after one quarter, 26-15 at halftime and 47-22 through three periods.

The Lady Lions shot just 29 percent (25 of 86) from the floor, 15 percent (4 of 26) on three-pointers and 69 percent (9 of 13) at the free throw line. But Brownwood also recorded 47 rebounds, including 29 on the offensive end, and tallied 27 steals while giving the ball away only seven times.

“We were very sloppy and dead-legged but that’s understandable because of the travel,” Hohertz said. “But a win is a win, especially under the circumstances.”

Wilson paced the Brownwood attack with 25 points trailed by Stewart with 14, Walker with nine, Garcia with five, Sutton and Breyle Sauseda with three apiece, and Revada and Sarah Fox with two points each.

The Lady Lions (13-3) are slated to face Palestine at 1:30 p.m. and Pleasant Grove at 4:30 p.m. today, then conclude tournament action at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday against Longview.