Bulletin Staff Report

BURNET — Two more crippling defensive performances by the Brownwood Lions have landed them in the championship game of the Burnet Bulldog Classic.

Brownwood will face either Austin St. Stephens or Austin St. Anthony in today’s 3 p.m. championship game.

Following a 54-38 Tuesday win over Abilene Cooper in which they allowed only eight points in the first half, the Lions (5-1) surrendered just 10 points and 11 points, respectively, in the first halves of tournament victories over Robinson and Dripping Springs.

“Our kids are playing so hard defensively,” said Lions head coach Shane Perkins. “They’re just not giving up any open shots and they’re putting a lot of pressure on the opposing offenses.”

The Lions opened the tournament with a 59-36 victory over Robinson on Thursday. Brownwood led 20-3 after one quarter and 37-10 at halftime.

Mike Thompson and Kenny Vaccaro scored 11 points each to pace the Lions, followed by 10 from Kevin Cunningham, nine from James Seiler and eight from Rashad Deal.

In their 54-39 win over Dripping Springs on Friday, the Lions were up 16-2 after one quarter and 29-11 at the half.

Parker Taylor scored a team-high 13 points, followed by 10 from Thompson, nine from Vaccaro, seven from Deal and six from Cunningham.

Lady Horns 44,

Eastland 31

DUBLIN — The Early Lady Horns advanced to the Dublin tournament championship game thanks to Friday’s 44-31 victory over the Eastland Lady Mavs.

Early will face either Dublin or Glen Rose at 3 p.m. today.

Down 11-8 after one quarter, the Lady Horns rallied to take a 23-16 halftime advantage. Early then increased its lead to 33-22 heading into the fourth period.

Tresta Donahoo led Early with 14 points, followed by nine from Sydney Skeen, seven from Angela Sanderson, four each from Katelyn Matlock and Julia Loudermilk and three points each from Bailey Harris and Brittany Wilson.