The Brownwood Lady Lions reached double figures in victories Thursday, winning their first two games at the TexasBank Holiday Classic.
The Lady Lions started tournament action with a 60-28 morning victory over Class 2A Valley Mills at Warren Gym and followed with a 47-13 afternoon triumph over Class 5A Corsicana at the Brownwood Coliseum.
“Coming off a five-day layoff things are always going to be kind of rusty,” said Lady Lions head coach Heather Hohertz, whose team won consecutive games for the fourth time this season — matching their longest win streak of the year. “This morning it took us a little bit to get going but we showed up defensively. Our offense was still hit and miss.”
In the victory over Corsicana (9-11), the Lady Lions yielded just one field goal in each of the first two periods en route to a 24-5 halftime advantage.
“Our defense was very active and all over the place in both games,” Hohertz said. “We didn't allow the two teams to get many shots off.”
Brownwood, led by 23 points from Matyha Thompson, scored the first seven points against Corsicana, which finally lit up the scoreboard for the first time with 51 seconds left in the opening period on a three-pointer by Dakayla Robinson.
Leading 8-3 after one quarter, the Lady Lions reeled off eight more points — four each by Thompson and Catrina Fullerlove-Brooks — to make the score 16-3, then Aerianna Shaw added the second bucket for Corsicana with 1:31 left in the half.
Brownwood followed with an 8-0 spurt to close the half on two free throws by Lindsey Larose and consecutive three-pointers from Alexa Arreola and Hadley Monroe.
Leading 24-5 at the break, the Lady Lions stretched their advantage to 33-10 by the end of the quarter. Corsicana finally reached double figures in points with 1:54 left in the third on a deuce by Vammodha Richardson.
The Lady Lions tacked on 14 more points in the final period while yielding a free throw to Allison Alonzo at the 4:46 mark and a bucket to Robinson with 1:52 remaining.
Along with Thompson's 23 points, Fullerlove-Brooks and Lindsey Larose contributed eight apiece, Arreola and Monroe finished with three each, and Jaylen Savage chipped in two points.
Against Valley Mills (5-6), Thompson led the Brownwood charge with 28 points trailed by nine from Arreola, eight from Natalie Edmonds, seven from Fullerlove-Brooks, four from Brooke Price and two points each from Larose and Savage.
“Matyha's our scoring machine and how she goes we go,” Hohertz said. “That continued again today but we put a solid a defensive effort behind her scoring.”
Brownwood led Valley Mills by a 14-6 count after one quarter, 29-16 at halftime and 44-18 heading into the fourth period.
The Lady Lions shot 46 percent (26 of 57) from the floor and 35 percent (5 of 14) from the three-point arc, but hit just 25 percent (3 of 12) of their free throws.
The Lady Lions finished with 10 rebounds and five steals while turning over the ball just 11 times.
“Some of the ones that hand to handle the ball did a little better than we had been seeing this season,” Hohertz said. “They didn't turn it over much and we got the ball where we needed to get the ball.”
With Thursday's wins, the Lady Lions (10-9) are champions of Pool A and will not return to action until 10:20 a.m. Saturday at the Brownwood Coliseum against the Pool D champion — either Wimberley, Abilene Cooper or El Paso Mountain View.