After reeling off three consecutive victories, including a triumph in Friday’s District 7-4A opener against Mineral Wells, the Brownwood Lady Lions’ win streak reached its conclusion at the hands of the No. 4 Glen Rose Lady Tigers Tuesday night at Warren Gym.
The Lady Lions were dealt a 25-16, 25-16, 25-12 setback on their home court to slip to 1-1 in league play and 10-14 for the season.
“We started off strong in both of the first two sets, and I was so excited and proud of how we started,” said Lady Lions first-year head coach Jessica Withrow. “We let them get some momentum as get to the middle of the sets and they ended up taking them from us. Still, I saw some great things — our girls were hustling, we were able to get some blocks on them and hit some open spots. We’re excited we get to play Glen Rose again and there’s definitely so areas we can improve on so we can hang with them a little bit better.”
Torrey Miller tallied eight kills for Brownwood trailed by seven from Olivia Fowler, four from Gracie Boswell, three from Lindsey Larose, two from Aleyia Cotton and one from Katelyn Windham.
Miller dished out 15 assists, Hadley Monroe chipped in five and Davalynn Monroe was credited with two.
Fowler also served three aces for the Lady Lions while Miller, Hadley Monroe and Davalynn Monroe contributed one apiece.
On the defensive end, Davalynn Monroe and Miller both recorded seven digs trailed by Cotton with five, Annie Gillispie with four, Boswell with three, Fowler and Caitlyn Moody with a pair and one from Larose.
In the opening set, the Lady Lions trailed just 10-9 following an ace from Davalynn Monroe, but Glen Rose answered with a five-point surge to open a 15-9 advantage. The Lady Tigers gradually extended the lead en route to a nine-point victory.
The second set featured a 10-8 edge for Brownwood after an ace from Hadley Monroe and poor pass from Glen Rose resulted in a second straight Lady Lion point. The Lady Tigers fired back with four straight points, and 10 of the next 12 to seize an 18-12 advantage. The Lady Lions got no closer than four points, 18-14 on a kill by Fowler, the rest of the way.
The final set got away from the Lady Lions quickly, as Glen Rose collected the first eight points en route to a 12-1 advantage. Brownwood closed the gap to eight points, 16-8, on a kill by Boswell, but Glen Rose extended its lead the remainder of the set.
The Lady Lions are back in action at 4:30 p.m. Friday as they host Godley.
“We wanted to see if we could keep the scores even with Glen Rose like Godley and we did just that, even a little bit better,” Withrow said. “On top of that, we know we probably could have played better at some key moments. I think our confidence is up going into Friday’s game and we’re going to try and have to two really intense practices the next two days to make sure that confidence stays with them.”