Lady Lions eliminated by Palestine, Lions ousted by Nacogdoches

DERRICK STUCKLY BROWNWOOD BULLETIN derrick.stuckly@brownwoodbulletin.com
Lady Lions eliminated by Palestine, Lions ousted by Nacogdoches

ROBINSON — The Brownwood Lady Lions were unable to match last year’s historic playoff run as they were dealt a 1-0 season-ending loss by Palestine Friday night in the Region III-3A area round of the playoffs.

Palestine recorded the game’s only goal on a free kick with 15:54 left in the first half.

“Everything went our way except for the scoring,” said Lady Lions first-year head coach Keith Robinson. “Last time I looked we had 18 shots, nine on goal, and zero goals and they had four shots, one on goal and it went in the back of the net. Possession-wise it was about 85 percent to 15 percent us. We outplayed them, we just gave them that one shot.”

The Lady Lions, who finished the season with a 14-6-2 overall record, advanced to the second round of the playoffs thanks to a 2-1 bi-district victory over China Spring on Monday.

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Nacogdoches 4, Lions 0

CORSICANA — Brownwood was unable to hand the Nacogdoches Dragons their first loss of the season as the Lions saw their campaign end in the Region III-3A area round Friday night.

The Lions, coming off a 4-1 bi-district championship victory over China Spring, suffered a 4-0 season-ending loss to Nacogdoches in the second round.

Nacogdoches (19-0) tallied its first two goals within 30 seconds of each other 15 minutes into the contest. The Dragons tacked on their third goal less than five minutes later, and added their fourth and final goal prior to halftime.

The Lions finished the season with a 13-7-2 overall record and advanced one round deeper in the postseason than the year prior.

"I'm beyond proud of this group of young men," said Lions first-year head coach Blake Danaher. "Over the season these men overcame many obstacles. With havering a new coach with new ideas, low in numbers only playing 12 men, every single one of them fought from start to finish. These boys have taught me so much, a lot more then I taught them. It was a privilege having them as my first year head coaching job. There's not one guy I don't consider a son. Hopefully they will use this as a learning experience in to next season.

"Playing a very talented and organized team is just what they needed. It was an honor to play Nac. You have to play the best to be the best. Unfortunately we came out on the bottom end but with our heads held high. This is a very special group of men that have the biggest hearts and work harder than anybody. We will take this time now to start gearing toward a much different district and season. It's time for those juniors to take over and put the weight on their shoulders as seniors. I will forever cherish this group of seniors."