GLEN ROSE — Behind their worst offensive outing of the season, the Brownwood Lady Lions tumbled to fourth place in the District 7-4A standings following Tuesday night’s 37-19 loss to the No. 18 Glen Rose Lady Tigers.
In a rematch of Brownwood’s 32-30 victory in the district opener, the Lady Lions (15-14, 2-3) converted just 18 percent (6 of 33) of their field goal attempts and no three-pointers with only four tries. Brownwood also sank just 58 percent (7 of 12) of its free throws, committed 24 turnovers and pulled down only 22 rebounds.
“It was definitely a tough night for us,” said Lady Lions head coach Heather Hohertz. “We didn’t shoot the ball very well. They came out and stepped up their pressure defensively and really took us out of what we needed to do. Our guards didn’t handle it to start the game and we got in a deep hole.”
Matyha Thompson led Brownwood with 15 points and was one of just three Lady Lions to score, as McKenzie Welker and CarolAnn Hetzel each contributed two points.
“Other than Matyha, we didn’t have much offense,” Hohertz said.
Hailey Ibarra tallied 24 points by herself to pace the Lady Tigers.
Thompson scored the first two points of the game — the only points of the first period for Brownwood — but Glen Rose led 10-2 after the initial frame.
“We thought they would come out and pressure us to start the game and they did that,” Hohertz said. “We just weren’t ready to go. Obviously this is a tough place to play and we just didn’t get it done. Our effort was okay, but we didn’t play disciplined, fundamental basketball.”
The Lady Lions crept within four points and were down 16-10 at halftime, but scored just four points in the third period as Glen Rose carried a 27-14 advantage into the final stanza.
“We fought back there right before halftime,” Hohertz said. “We came back out in the third quarter and were just flat.”
Brownwood will host Godley (12-19, 2-2) at 6 p.m. Friday in a rematch of the Lady Lions’ 50-48 district road loss. A Brownwood win would create a tie for third place in the 7-4A standings, while a loss would likely ensure that the Lady Lions finish no better than fourth place in district action.
“We have to get over this one and get ready for Friday,” Hohertz said. “There’s not much we can say about it, but obviously we have to learn from it and move on, and move on in a big way.
“Godley is almost a must-win game in my opinion. We don’t want to go into the playoffs as the fourth seed and for that to happen we have to win.”