Coming off the first of two district byes, as well as emotional, hard-fought victories over Sweetwater and Abilene Wylie, the goal for the No. 18 Brownwood Lady Lions was simple Tuesday night — don’t have a letdown.
The District 5-4A front-running Lady Lions rose to eighth-year head coach Heather Hohertz’s challenge and dismantled Big Spring, 63-17, Tuesday night at Warren Gym.
The Lady Lions (18-8, 3-0), who returned to the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Class 4A Top 25 on Monday, tallied the first 13 points Tuesday and never looked back.
Brownwood led 17-3 after one quarter, holding Big Spring scoreless the first 6:36 of the contest. By halftime, the lead had ballooned to 32-9. Through three quarters, the Lady Lions owned a 46-16 advantage, then Brownwood — playing mostly with reserves in the fourth period — outscored Big Spring 17-1 over the final eight minutes.
“We talked about not having a letdown after having last Friday off,” Hohertz said. “We had to keep our foot on the pedal and not let up for four quarters. We can’t get complacent no matter what.”
Mallory Garcia and Sage Cupps both tallied 13 points — all coming in the first half — while Ryleigh Dalleh also finished with 13. Alyssa Quintero and Daisy Green came off the bench to contribute eight points apiece while Sadie Smith scored four and Tyanne Stewart and Taytum Sutton finished with two points each.
“In practice, in the locker room and during the game everybody has to be ready,” Hohertz said. “Alyssa came in and hit some big shots for us and Daisy rotated well, played good defense and made some steals and some tough left-handed layups.”
Big Spring (5-17, 1-3) was led by Kayleigh Penny, who finished with five points, while Aisa Cervantes added four points, Amber Martinez chipped in a pair and Logan Terrazas added one.
After allowing just nine points in the opening half, the Lady Lions’ goal at halftime was to surrender even fewer points in the second half — which was accomplished.
“At halftime our goal was to hold them to under 18 and I think they really took pride in that and stepped up to the challenge,” Hohertz said. “I thought we were a little sloppy and stagnant on defense to start the third quarter, but after Ryleigh hit a three-pointer I called a timeout to regroup and make sure they were staying active.”
The Lady Lions wrap up the first half of 5-4A action at Snyder (1-18, 0-3) at 6:15 p.m. Friday.