The Brownwood Lady Lions allowed one field goal and three points over the final 16:41 of their District 7-4A home opener Tuesday night at Warren Gym en route to a 41-11 triumph over the Godley Lady Cats.
“Godley missed a lot of open shots tonight,” said Lady Lions head coach Heather Hohertz. “I thought our defense could be better, but we'll take a win any way we can get one right now.
“It was a whole team win and a whole team effort. We were active defensively but we didn't have our hands up at times and they got off some shots. Offensively, we moved the ball like we needed to and almost everybody on the team scored.”
Matyha Thompson led the charge for the Lady Lions (15-10, 1-1) with a double-double of 11 points and 14 rebounds, followed by Catrina Fullerlove-Brooks with nine points, Hadley Monroe with eight, Alexa Arreola with five, McKenzie Welker with three, Lindsey Larose and Jaylen Savage with two points each and Brooke Price knocked down a free throw.
“They were taking away Matyha early, they were face guarding her in the first half so I told her she had to get rebounds and put it back in,” Hohertz said of Thompson, who was limited to three points the first two quarters. “In the second half she was more active defensively and got a few steals and that helped us really break it open.
“And I really like the energy Catrina is bringing off the bench. She's kind of like our sixth man. She comes in, she's a great passer, she reads what she needs to read and I thought she did that again tonight.”
Godley (6-12, 0-1) received six points from Reagan Maxwell, three from Bryanna Williams and two points from Lindsay Lummus.
The Lady Cats finished the game with 21 turnovers, missed all four of their free throws and hit just 1 of 18 three-pointers. Godley scored its final points of the first half with 41 seconds left in the second period, and didn't light up the scoreboard again until the 5:33 mark of the fourth quarter — an 11:08 drought. Williams' three-pointer accounted for Godley's only points of the second half.
Trailing 4-1 with 4:41 left in the first period, the Lady Lions scored the final eight points of the quarter. Up 9-4 through heading into the second quarter, each team matched their opening period output as the Lady Lions owned an 18-8 halftime advantage.
Brownwood blanked Godley in the third period, stretching the lead to 30-8 by the end of the quarter, then allowed just one bucket in the fourth.
“Four of their eight points at halftime came off wide open layups after turnovers,” Hohertz said. “We talked at halftime and I said they can't score on us if we just take care of the ball and that was proven in the second half.”
During the third quarter, Monroe and Welker drained consecutive three-pointers as the lead reached 20 points, 28-8, at the 3:14 mark. Arreola's bucket with 3:11 left in the contest gave Brownwood its largest lead of the night and served as the final points in the game.
The Lady Lions are off Friday and venture to Stephenville at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
“We'll start preparing for Stephenville tomorrow,” Hohertz said. “They're a tough team and they did lose their leading scorer earlier in season to an ACL, but they haven't lost a beat without her. Their guards are playing really well, they're athletic and quick and can really get to the rim. We have to be ready for that and their man-to-man pressure.”