The Brownwood Lady Lions reached the 60-point mark for the fourth time this season, putting their shooting slump in the rearview mirror with a 60-56 home victory over the Clyde Lady Bulldogs Tuesday night at Warren Gym.
The victory was just the second in the last six games for Brownwood (12-5), which had averaged only 33 points per contest over their previous five outings.
Three Lady Lions finished in double figures as Sage Cupps led the charge with 17 points, Mallory Garcia added 13 and Mya Wallace chipped in 10 off the bench. Also scoring for Brownwood were Sadie Smith with nine points trailed by Ryleigh Dalleh with four, Taytum Sutton with three and Tyanne Stewart and Daisy Green with two points apiece.
“It was good for everyone to find the bottom of the net finally,” said Lady Lions head coach Heather Hohertz, whose team was coming off a season-low 27-point effort in a 12-point home loss to Marble Falls seven days earlier. “We got back to the way we play with three people in double digits and everybody stepped in where they needed to. I told them even if it doesn’t go in to keep shooting because it’s never going in if you stop shooting. They’ve been working hard since our last game and they showed up tonight.”
Trailing 17-13 after one quarter, the Lady Lions were able to grab a 29-28 halftime lead as Brownwood scored eight of the last 10 points in the second period.
Clyde regained a 37-33 advantage with 5:13 left in the third quarter, but Brownwood responded with an 11-4 spurt to claim a 48-42 lead it never relinquished.
Stewart scored following an offensive rebound at the 4:01 mark to knot the score at 38, then Cupps drained the go-ahead three-pointer followed by a deuce from Wallace, making the score 43-38. A trey from Garcia at the 1:09 juncture made the score 48-42, and the Lady Lions carried a 50-45 edge into the fourth period.
Brownwood increased its cushion to 11 points, 57-46, with 4:56 left on a bucket by Cupps, then held off a late Clyde charge. The Lady Bulldogs fired up a potential tying three-point attempt with seven seconds to go that was off target, and Cupps sank one of two free throws to ice the victory.
The Lady Lions visit Fredericksburg at 6 p.m. Friday.