GLEN ROSE — Seeking a seventh straight victory, the Brownwood Lady Lions' offense caught fire to begin Friday night's District 7-4A opener against Glen Rose Lady Tigers. But the hot start was replaced by an ice cold finish, as Glen Rose rallied for a 38-25 home victory.
“We played a decent first half, but when you only score five points in the second half you're not going to win many games,” said Lady Lions head coach Heather Hohertz. “We stopped going to the rim in the second half and we didn't make a field goal. That sums up what kind of defense Glen Rose played and that sums up us not being aggressive and wanting to get to the rim.”
The Lady Lions (14-10, 0-1) raced out to a 12-2 lead over Glen Rose (20-6, 1-0) midway through the first period and held a 15-10 advantage at the end of the quarter. But Brownwood mustered just 10 points the rest of the game, including five the entire second half — all on free throws.
“Glen Rose is known for good man-to-man, sound defense but I felt like we were just on our heels and we let them dictate what we wanted to do with our cuts, with our post players and on the wings,” Hohertz said. “And any time you have 20 turnovers, shoot 29 percent from the field and 50 percent on free throws you're not going to win many games against teams like Glen Rose and Stephenville.”
Matyha Thompson led Brownwood again in scoring, but finished with a season-low six points. Thompson missed most of the second period with an ankle injury, but returned late in the quarter and completed the contest.
“For the most part we held our own without her being in there,” said Hohertz, whose team led 15-10 when Thompson left and were still in front 20-18 when she returned. “Other people stepped up and scored, but we have to have three quarters better than the last three we had tonight.”
Hadley Monroe and Alexa Arreola both contributed five points, McKenzie Welker finished with four, Lindsey Larose and Catrina Fullerlove-Brooks added two points apiece and Brooke Price sank a free throw.
Brownwood's first-quarter featured three-pointers from Thompson, Monroe and Arreola as the Lady Lions converted all their attempts from beyond the arc in the opening stanza.
Thompson started the scoring with a trey before Glen Rose tallied its first points. Deuces from Larose and Welker followed ahead of Monroe's five points, which made the score 12-2. Glen Rose later trimmed the deficit to 12-10 before Arreola buried a trey in the closing moments of the first period.
Brownwood maintained its advantage until the final minute of the first half, where a traditional three-point play pushed Glen Rose in front 21-20.
Down a point at halftime, the Lady Lions gave up the first two buckets in the third period and fell behind 25-20. Thompson followed with three free throws, but that was Brownwood's last points of the quarter, and in the fourth Arreola's two free throws served as the Lady Lions' final points for the game.
The Lady Lions will attempt at rebound at 6 p.m. Tuesday when they host Godley (6-11, 0-0), which will be playing its district opener.