Bulletin Staff Report
ABILENE — The Brownwood Lions posted a 1-1 record in Thursday’s opening round at the Abilene Wylie round-robin basketball tournament.
The Lions kicked off the tournament with a 45-36 victory over Lubbock Cooper, then fell to No. 8 Whitehouse, 66-38.
In Brownwood’s victory, the Lions owned a 17-7 scoring edge in the fourth period. Cooper entered the final period with a 29-28 lead.
Parker Taylor scored 12 points to lead the Lions, followed by 10 from Kevin Cunningham, nine each from Mike Thompson and Rashad Deal, four points from Russell Foy and three points from Ike Huestis.
In their loss to Whitehouse, the Lions fell behind 22-8 after one quarter and 41-20 at halftime.
Taylor again poured in 12 points to lead the way for Brownwood, followed by seven from Cunningham, five from Foy, four each from Deal and Kenny Vaccaro and three points each from Huestis and Thompson.
The Lions (7-3) will face Olney at 6 p.m. tonight, then close out tournament play at 1 p.m. Saturday against Jim Ned.
No. 6 Ballinger 56, Lady Lions 42
CLYDE — The sixth-ranked team in Class 2A — the Ballinger Lady Bearcats — handed the Brownwood Lady Lions a 56-42 loss to open the Clyde tournament Thursday.
Sabrina Castillo scored 14 points to pace the Lady Lions (4-8), followed by seven from LaCresha Williams, six each from Moochie Galloway and Gabby Colbert, three points from Hailey Williams and two apiece from Alex Williams, Shalisa Hall and Courtney Monroe.
Brownwood will face Graham at 5 p.m. today.
CROSS TIMBERS CLASSIC
Early Lady Horns 54,
San Angelo Lake View 10
STEPHENVILLE — The Early Lady Horns smothered San Angelo Lake View, 54-10, to open play in the Cross Timbers Classic Thursday.
Early led 16-2 after one quarter, 34-4 at halftime and 39-6 through three quarters.
Sydney Skeen scored a team-high 19 points, followed by 10 each from Tresta Donahoo and Angela Sanderson, eight from Sarah Russell and two points apiece from Julia Loudermilk, Katelyn Matlock, Bailey Harris and Brittany Wilson.
The Lady Horns (10-4) will face either host Stephenville or McKinney Boyd at 8:30 p.m. tonight.