The Brownwood Lions established a new season-high in points scored, but also allowed their most points of the 2018-19 campaign as the Class 2A No. 4 Haskell Maidens left Warren Gym with a 71-63 victory Tuesday night.
The Lady Lions’ roller coaster ride continued, and Tuesday’s contest was a microcosm of the season to date as Brownwood’s record now stands at 8-8. Trailing by as many as 15 points in the first half, the Lady Lions rallied to briefly grab the lead in the third period before Haskell (12-1) regained the momentum.
“That’s the most we’ve given up all year long and in return we scored 63, but it seemed like we struggled to get 63,” said Lady Lions 10th-year head coach Heather Hohertz. “They’re a well-coached team that runs their sets well and shoots the ball really well. Credit to them coming in here and Coach (Blake) Eddleman being ready to attack our zone.”
Taylor Manske led Haskell with 23 points while Landry Hanson contributed 22, and C’era Taylor also finished in double figures with a dozen points.
For Brownwood, Mallory Garcia led the charge with 22 points trailed by 15 from Mathya Thompson, 11 from Ryleigh Dalleh, seven from Hadley Monroe, and two apiece from Kenya Barnes, Catrina Brooks, Brooke Price and CarolAnn Hetzel.
The Lady Lions trailed 14-8 after one quarter and Haskell used a 14-5 run at the start of the second period to open a 28-13 advantage with 3:32 left in the opening half.
“Our first quarter and early second quarter killed us,” Hohertz said. “We didn’t come out mentally ready to go and that’s really the difference in the game.”
The Lady Lions’ offense began to find its touch the remainder of the first half and outscored Haskell 18-8 over the final three-plus minutes to close the gap to 36-31 at halftime. The surge began with back-to-back three-pointers by Dalleh, and Garcia also drained a pair of treys during the run.
Brownwood kept the hot hand early in the third period, opening the second half with seven of the first nine points to take a 39-38 lead at the 5:31 mark. After a bucket by Thompson, Dalleh’s trey evened the score at 38 and Monroe sank a free throw to cap a 6-0 run for the Lady Lions.
Another free throw, this time from Thompson, made the score 40-all at the 4:29 mark, but Haskell answered with 12 of the next 14 points to regain a double-digit advantage, 52-42, with 1:16 left in the third.
In the fourth period, the Lady Lions closed the gap to six points, 57-51, following a Garcia three-pointer, but got no closer as Haskell extended its lead to 13 points, 66-53, with 2:27 to go.
The Lady Lions are back in action at Gatesville Friday night.
“I told them in the locker room that I couldn’t knock their effort other than the first quarter,” Hohertz said. “But it goes back to the small things, being ready to go in shoot-around, being ready to go in the weight room, being ready to go at the start of practice and being ready to go at the start of the game. Hopefully they’re seeing what I’m seeing.
“It hasn’t hurt us yet because we haven’t started district. We have three games and six practices before we leave for Christmas break to hopefully finish out on a high note and come back ready for the Holiday Classic and the start of district.”