The up and down journey of the Brownwood Lady Lions continued Friday night with a 43-30 home loss to the Class 6A San Angelo Central Lady Cats at Warren Gym.
The Lady Lions (7-8), who are averaging just 40 points per game, fell short of that mark as they mustered no more than eight points in any quarter against Central (4-7).
“They came in and shot the ball really well,” Lady Lions head coach Heather Hohertz said of Central. “I thought they outplayed us, they wanted the game more and we were just too inconsistent with our effort and our execution.”
Knotted at 6 after one quarter, the Lady Lions trailed 21-12 at halftime and 29-20 through three periods. Matyha Thompson again led Brownwood with 16 points, but 10 came in the fourth period after Central had seized control of the contest.
“Offensively we've been struggling,” Hohertz said. “Matyha has been in double figures all 15 games that we've played, but she struggled a little bit in the first half because they were bumping her and taking her out of what she normally does and that got in her head a little bit.
“We haven't had someone step up consistently behind her and we talked about that the last few days. We have to start hitting some outside shots so not everyone is clogging the paint, but again we struggled with that tonight.”
Catrina Fullerlove-Brooks added five points for Brownwood, McKenzie Welker knocked down the Lady Lions' lone three-pointer and Brooke Price, Lindsey Larose and CarolAnn Hetzel contributed two points apiece.
The Lady Lions were also plagued offensively by 19 turnovers.
“That's another thing we've talked about,” Hohertz said. “When we get tired we starting turning the ball over and we don't take care of it. It's a lack of focus and just not getting the job done.”
San Angelo Central's Layla Young led all scorers with 21 points, providing almost half the Lady Cats' offense.
“We talked about (Young's) film before the game, that she'd be in the high post and shoot it,” Hohertz said. “We just didn't adjust very well. I have to fix that and make sure they're more engaged and make sure they know the scouting report better, and that we adjust better.”
Anjelina Humphreys added eight points for the Lady Cats, all in the fourth quarter, while Maddie Foley chipped in six, Vanesa Zeka tallied three, Delaney Hester and Mckayla Salazar finished with two points each and Alyssa Barron sank a free throw.
Brownwood never trailed in the first period, with one bucket from Thompson and two from Fullerlove-Brooks before Central drew even at 6 with 18 seconds left in the quarter.
The Lady Lions scored the first three points of the second period on free throws by Fullerlove-Brooks and Price to open a 9-6 edge at the 6:19 mark. Central answered with eight straight points to grab a 14-9 advantage before Welker's trey closed the gap to 14-12 with 1:23 left in the half. Central responded with a 7-0 run to close the second period, and Brownwood got no closer than five points the rest of the way.
The Lady Lions are back in action Tuesday as they tangle with Midland Greenwood in a neutral site game at San Angelo Lake View.