The Brownwood Lady Lions returned to the win column Tuesday night, halting a three-game skid with a 25-10, 25-16, 25-19 victory over the Lampasas Lady Badgers at Warren Gym.
“For the most part, everything started clicking again for us tonight,” said Lady Lions first-year coach Allison Smith. “We really held together and came back from a couple of tough losses. They know how to pick each other up and we worked on that in practices.”
Though Brownwood (11-10) had dropped three in a row, the losses came against larger schools — Class 6A San Angelo Central and Class 5As Abilene Cooper and Abilene Wylie.
“It's always going to help to play bigger opponents and tougher opponents,” Smith said. “We have a pretty tough district so we're going to play some tough schools and tough opponents to be prepared. We can't just play small schools and win every game, we have to prepare for our district. That's what's important.”
In the victory over Class 4A Lampasas, Olivia Fowler led the offensive attack with eight kills trailed by Katelyn Windham and Aleyia Cotton with five each, Kylie Morris with four, Ashlyn Storm with three and Jaylen Savage, Tessa Goodwin and Caitlyn Moody with one apiece.
Goodwin recorded 13 assists, Kylie Wooten tallied 10 and Moody and Cotton were credited with one apiece.
Fowler served a team-high six aces followed by Moody with three, Goodwin with a pair and Morris and Savage with one each.
Defensively, Moody notched 14 digs followed by Fowler with 13, Goodwin with eight, Cotton with six, Savage with four, Wooten with three and Cotton with one.
At the net, Cotton logged two blocks for Brownwood while Storm and Fowler each finished with one.
“I thought that our defense really came through again for us,” Smith said. “Like I've said all season long, defense starts everything. Our communication is also going really well, but I always want to see an increase in that.”
In the opening set, the Lady Lions turned a slim 5-3 lead into a 12-4 advantage by reeling off seven of eight points. Kills from Storm and Windham along with four aces from Fowler sparked the surge. The lead reached double figures, 16-6, on a kill by Morris. A tip from Morris pushed the Brownwood edge to 20-7 and a spike from Storm finished off the set moments later.
Brownwood jumped out to a 9-4 lead in the second set, aided by the serving of Morris and Wooten, along with a kill from Cotton. Lampasas crept within 10-8, but the Lady Lions answered with seven straight points to regain control. Two kills from Fowler and one from Morris ignited the run. A kill by Windham later began a 5-1 closing spurt, and the set ended on an ace by Fowler.
In the third set, Brownwood led just 11-10 before back-to-back kills from Windham. Up 13-11, the Lady Lions chalked up six of the next seven points to pad their cushion to 19-12. Lampasas was able to trim the Lady Lions' lead to four points, 22-18, but Brownwood regrouped and completed the sweep.
The Lady Lions are back in action at 4:30 p.m. Friday as they welcome the Graham Lady Blues in non-district action. Brownwood will kick off District 7-4A competition Sept. 27 when Glen Rose visits.
“I feel good because we have a lot of options,” Smith said in reference to where she feels the team stands at this point in the season. “Every girl can go out on the court at any moment and every girl has proved their worth. If somebody's not doing the job somebody else can at any time. If someone gets hurt we have another person there. We're set up for a successful season I believe.”