ABILENE — The No. 7 Brownwood Lady Lions' worst offensive outing of the season came at the most inopportune time Friday night, as head coach Heather Hohertz's squad suffered a 52-29 defeat at the hands of the No. 14 Abilene Wylie Lady Bulldogs in the District 5-4A opener for both teams.
Brownwood shot just 16 percent (9 of 55) from the floor and 57 percent (8 of 14) from the free throw line, and did not reach double digits in a single quarter until scoring 12 in the fourth. The Lady Lions — who average 56 points per outing — trailed 14-6 after one frame, 22-10 at the break and 32-17 through three periods.
“I can't describe it. We didn't shoot the ball very well and if we don't make shots we don't get going,” said Lady Lions head coach Heather Hohertz. “We had a couple of good possessions in the first two minutes but the ball didn't fall for us and I thought we hung our heads a little bit. We kept fighting as hard as we could fight, we just couldn't get anything going offensively.”
Mallory Garcia was the lone Lady Lion to reach double figures with 10 points trailed by Sage Cupps with nine, Ryleigh Dalleh with six and Taytum Sutton with four.
“Wylie got us out of our comfort zone,” Hohertz said. “We weren't controlling the pace and we were trying to force it a little bit. It was definitely an off night for us all around, our offense wasn't there and our defense wasn't very good tonight either.”
The Lady Lions sank a trio of three-pointers as team, while Wylie's Lauren Fulenwider knocked down nine herself en route to a game-high 27 points.
“Fulenwider came out and she was on fire,” Hohertz said. “We talked about it all week, you have to know where No. 25 is because she has a quick release and will catch and shoot it. Obviously we didn't execute the game plan and she tore us up.”
Julia Lovelace added 10 points for Wylie trailed by Mary Lovelace with nine, Abbey Henson and Emma Melton with two points apiece and Leah Gomez and Kamryn Dry with one point each.
Brownwood, coming off its first-ever outright district championship, faces an uphill climb in hopes of earning a share of a second straight league title. The Lady Lions seek their first district win at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday when they host Sweetwater.
“I don't think we could play 100 more games and play this bad, so the only place to go is up,” Hohertz said. “We dug ourselves a little bit of a hole starting district 0-1. We're going to have to get better, get our shots back and get back to business.”