BROWNWOOD — The Big Spring Steers had reason to worry when Brownwood jumped out to an 11-2 lead in the first quarter.
Head coach Cliff Thompson said it reminded him of the Levelland game when that team made eight consecutive shots to start the game.
But just like in that Levelland game, the Steers withstood the early run and this time, they ended up with a huge 66-56 win at Brownwood to open district play.
“I’m thinking ‘Man, we have to turn something around,” Thompson said. “They were making everything they shot. Then we got back and fought back and at the end of the first quarter, it was only a five-point game.”
Luke Adams was huge with 33 points, but Thompson credits Devante Lloyd, Chazzell Robertson, Seth Pearson and Mike Menefield slowing down Brownwood’s post players as key to the win. Menefield was especially big with eight rebounds, four blocks, three steals and two defelections.
Marc Segundo was Big Spring’s other double-digit scorer with 11 points.
Thompson believes the win is big because the Steers got through one of the more difficult parts of the district schedule.
It sets the Steers up nicely, too, with back-to-back home games against Sweetwater and Snyder, an open date on Jan.28 and another home game against Abilene Wylie.
“I think that’s probably the best team we’ve beaten all year,” Thompson said of the Lions. “They came out and competed hard. We’ve been talking about trying to win a district championship. I think that gets us to where we want.”
Big Spring 66, Brownwood 56
Big Spring 11 2419 12 – 66
Brownwood 16 16 11 13 – 56
Big Spring — Adams 33, Segundo 11, Clay 6, Menefield 8, Pearson 4, Robertson 2, Lloyd 2
3-point field goals — Big Spring 9 (Adams 4, Segundo 3, Clay 2)
Records: Big Spring (17-6,1-0)
Next game: Big Spring vs. Sweetwater at 7:30 p.m. in Steer Gym
Big Spring girls
BROWNWOOD — The 2-3 zone defense was too much for the Big Spring Lady Steers to handle as Brownwood beat them 52-37 in District 5-3A action Friday.
Head coach Mike Warren said Valerie Ross, Mackenzie Stone and the guards weren’t able to get going, leaving most of the offensive production to Cerbi Ritchey and Diamond Mayes.
Plus, the Lady Steers have 24 turnovers, which Warren said really hampered what they wanted to do to combat the 2-3 zone defense.
“I think that’s really the main factor right there. We threw the ball away. When you do that, you don’t get shots at the basket. I think that’s the worst thing, for me, that I tell them is we don’t get the chance to shoot the ball on those possessions.”
Warren isn’t discouraged, though. The 0-2 record isn’t good, but the Lady Steers knew it would be tough with back-to-back road games against Abilene Wylie and Brownwood to start district play.
But now they get a chance to be at home with games against Sweetwater and Snyder next week.
Brownwood 52, Big Spring 37
Big Spring 13 8 3 13 - 37
Brownwood 10 15 15 8 – 52
Big Spring — Ritchey 11, Mayes 9, Ross 5, Anderson 5, Yarbar 3, Stone 3, LaShaunte Anderson 5, Taryn Kennedy 1
Brownwood — Anson 24, Wilson 16
3-point field goals — Big Spring 4 (Stone 1, Ross 1, Anderson 1, Yarbar 1), Brownwood 1 (Maxwell 1)
Records: Big Spring (15-5, 0-2 in District 5-3A play)
Next game: Big Spring vs. Sweetwater at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Steer Gym