Brownwood improves to 2-0 with first road victory

TUSCOLA — The offense shined for the Brownwood Lady Lions in their season opener, but the defense shouldered the load in the first road test of the season.

Coming off a 28-point home victory over Class 5A Granbury, the Lady Lions rallied from a halftime deficit to slip past the Class 3A No. 11 Jim Ned Lady Indians, 34-31, Friday night.

The Lady Lions led 14-11 after one quarter, trailed 23-19 at halftime, but regained a 29-26 edge after three frames. Both teams mustered just five points in the fourth period.

Brownwood shot just 30 percent (11 of 37) from the floor, including 37 percent (6 of 16) on three-pointers, and only 54 percent (6 of 11) at the free throw line. The Lady Lions turned the ball over 14 times but recorded nine steals, three blocks and 20 rebounds.

Mallory Garcia paced the Lady Lions with 12 points followed by seven from Ryleigh Dalleh, five each from Sage Cupps and Taytum Sutton, three from Kenya Barnes and two points from Daisy Green.

The Lady Lions will shoot for a 3-0 start Thursday when they begin play in the three-day San Saba tournament.