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Brownwood Lady Lions earn road win against Goldthwaite

Mike Lee / Special to the Bulletin
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GOLDTHWAITE — The Brownwood Lady Lions solved their scoring issues with a 33-point first half and ended a four-game losing skid with a 48-35 nondistrict basketball win Friday night over the Goldthwaite Lady Eagles.

Forward Tessa Goodwin scored 14 points, while forwards Naysa Leach and Brooke Price made two 3-point goals each as Brownwood improved to 4-6. Price also reached double figures with 10 points, as did Kynslee Walker. The Lady Lions had been held to 22 points by San Saba and 21 points by Wall during their skid.

“This was definitely a much-needed win that will help our confidence,” said veteran Brownwood coach Heather Hohertz. “We tried to get the ball in the paint to get our offense going. Tessa Goodwin gave us a spark driving and scoring under the basket, and that allowed our outside shooting to open up.

“Leach came on tonight with some 3-pointers. She stayed late the last two days after practice and worked on fixing her shot. That’s what we have to have to be successful,” Hohertz said.

The Class 4A Lady Lions enjoyed a size and athleticism advantage over the 2A Lady Eagles, who fell to 6-6. Brownwood’s athleticism on defense forced Goldthwaite to pass the ball for extended stretches in search of an open shot — especially in the second half.

“Their size was a factor,” Goldthwaite coach Angie Hermesmeyer said. “They’re very athletic and very physical. We tried to be physical, but we didn’t have as many bodies to throw out there. Our windows to shoot were smaller and closed faster tonight than what we’re used to.”

Goldthwaite had no player score in double figures. Sophomore forward Logyn Rountree led the Lady Eagles with seven points. Guards Jasmine Balencia and Emma Grebe made two 3-point goals each and scored six points apiece.

The Lady Lions shot 50 percent from the field (12 of 25) in the first half. Brownwood scored the final six points of the first quarter, including a 3-pointer by Price, to lead 17-7 after eight minutes.

Price and Leach each made a 3-pointer during a 10-1 second-quarter run that produced a 31-12 lead for the Lady Lions.

Brownwood cooled off considerably during a 15-point second half, but its defense prevented Goldthwaite from rallying. The Lady Lions limited the Lady Eagles to 1-of-10 shooting from the field and three points during the third quarter.

“If we can get our offense going, our defense is usually pretty good,” Hohertz said. “We had been turning the ball over so much at the first of our games that we’d dig a hole, and it was hard to fight back from it. This was a good win because they have a scrappy bunch.”

The Lady Lions led by 20 points on a couple of occasions after halftime, including 40-20 after a 3-pointer by Leach with 1:50 left in the third quarter. An inside basket by Goodwin made it 48-28 with 1:45 to play.

Brownwood plays another nondistrict game Saturday at home against 2A Cisco before nondistrict home games next week against Midland Greenwood and Abilene Wylie leading into the Christmas break. The Lady Lions are scheduled to open the District 6-4A schedule Jan. 5 at Glen Rose.

Goldthwaite, meanwhile, jumps into the fire pit Tuesday with its District 29-2A opener at home against No. 5-ranked San Saba. District 29-2A also includes No. 4 Mason.

Brownwood 48, Goldthwaite 35

Brownwood    17    16    7    8 —48

Goldthwaite    7    10    3    15 — 35

BROWNWOOD: Kynslee Walker 10, Naysa Leach 9, Mady Pyle 3, Lindsey Larose 2, Tessa Goodwin 14, Brooke Price 10, Totals 18 7-8 48.

GOLDTHWAITE: Taylor Rountree 6, Kelly Ables 2, Emma Grebe 6, Logyn Rountree 7, Jasmine Balencia 6, Karleigh Bolt 2, Britni Roberts 4, Totals 12 7-11 35.

3-point goals: Brownwood 5 (Price 2, Leach 2, Pyle), Goldthwaite 4 (Grebe 2, Balencia 2). Records: Brownwood 4-6, Goldthwaite 6-6.