MINERAL WELLS — The Brownwood Lady Lions snapped a two-game District 7-4A skid and finished the first half of league play at the .500 mark thanks to Friday night's 51-43 victory at Mineral Wells.
The Lady Lions (15-13, 2-2) find themselves in a three-way tie for second place with Glen Rose (24-5, 2-2) and Godley (12-19, 2-2) with four district outings remaining.
“It was ugly and rough, but it was a much-needed win,” said Lady Lions head coach Heather Hohertz, whose team was coming off a 50-48 home loss to Stephenville in which they surrendered the final 10 points of the game. “At this point in the season, a win's a win. I wasn't sure how much we were going to have in the tank after Tuesday's game. We came out flat and might have played our worst first half of the year. We regrouped and had a good run there for about four or five minutes in the third quarter and thank goodness because everything other than that was rough.”
Brownwood scored the final seven points of the first half and the first seven of the second, as the 14-0 surge proved to be the difference in the contest. Trailing 25-21 late in the second quarter, the Lady Lions grabbed a 28-25 halftime lead that they quickly extended to 35-25. Matyha Thompson, who led the Lady Lions with 24 points, accounted for the first 11 points of the run, while Mallory Garcia, who chipped in 12 points, capped it with a three-pointer.
“Mineral Wells can't really handle pressure on the ball and we exploited that during our run,” Hohertz said. “Matyha took over the game. I had pulled her out and challenged her, and thank goodness for her defense up top. She got some steals and got us out and going.”
Tied at 13 after one quarter, where Garcia contributed nine points on a trio of three-pointers, the Lady Lions expanded on their three-point halftime lead to carry a 43-35 advantage into the final eight minutes.
Catrina Brooks contributed six points, including four in the fourth period when Mineral Wells was attempting to steal away the momentum. McKenzie Welker added three points while Kenya Barnes, CarolAnn Hetzel and Ryleigh Dalleh finished with two each.
“Mineral Wells came out in a triangle and two on Ryleigh and Mallory and left the other players wide open,” Hohertz said. “Mal got loose at the end of the first quarter, but other than that they really took her away.”
The Lady Lions begin the second half of district action at 6 p.m. Tuesday at No. 22 Glen Rose, which will be attempting to avenge a 32-30 loss at Brownwood in the 7-4A opener.
“We have to regroup and get energized and heal some bumps and bruises because we have another big one Tuesday at Glen Rose,” Hohertz said. “They didn't play their type of game against us the first game. I expect them to be motivated, they weren't expecting us to steal that win from them, but they'll come out with energy and effort and try to get revenge for that loss.”