Big Spring boys
Brownwood sent the wrong player to the line with 3.2 seconds left.
The Lions were clinging to a 49-48 lead when Luke Adams was fouled and sent to the charity stripe and at that point, it was just a matter of playing defense for three more seconds.
“I knew they were going in,” Adams said of the late free throws. “Without my teammates, it wouldn’t have been possible.”
Those two free throws did go in as Big Spring edged the Lions for a thrilling 50-49 win and Adams is right. The Steers wouldn’t have been in position to win if it weren’t for Dayvion Young’s late heroics.
With 46 seconds left and Brownwood hanging on to that 49-48 lead, Adams jacked up a shot in hopes it would give the Steers the lead back. He missed, but Adams got the rebound and called a timeout, giving Big Spring another shot to steal the win.
On the next play, Tristian Clay missed a shot and Brownwood got the board, but the Steers immediately fouled and that may have been one of the biggest plays of the game.
At that point, Young stole the inbounds pass from the Lions and he was immediately fouled, sending him to the free-throw line.
Young missed his lone free throw, but made up for it when he got the ball back and called a timeout. Big Spring drew up a play in the huddle, but was relieved when Adams was fouled on the next play, sending him to the line for the two go-ahead buckets.
Brownwood’s Derek Longoria got the last shot of the game off, but it was off the mark, sending Steer Gym into a frenzy.
Big Spring girls
Things went from bad to worse for the Lady Steers when Brownwood’s Sara Byrd decided the game was too close.
The Lady Lions upended Big Spring 70-44 thanks in part to Byrd’s 3-point shooting in the third quarter.
Brownwood was a step ahead of the Lady Steers for most of the game, but Byrd put it out of reach when she hit three of her four 3-pointers in the third to help the Lady Lions to a 51-30 lead, when it was originally 40-23 at the start the quarter.
“She’s not their No.1 threat,” BSHS head coach Mike Warren said. “(Patricia Wilson) is, (Sydney Darden) is. That’s who we intended to stop. She’s their fourth best player and she goes off on us. That shows how good they are.”
Byrd had 12 points, but Wilson led the Lady Lions with 14. Darden had 11 and Trinity Ansons chipped in 10. Cerbi Ritchey led the Lady Steers with 14.
Not much was going right for the Lady Steers in this one. They never led, although they were within striking distance a few times early.
Diamond Mayes’ bucket made it 20-16 Brownwood early in the second, but Darden had no problems answering back with a 3-pointer.
Later in the second, LaShaunte Anderson’s shot made it 24-20 Brownwood, but once again, Wilson completed a 3-point play to extend the lead.
The Lady Steers faltered a little bit toward the end of the first half, but had reason to be encouraged. Brownwood had a 38-23 at halftime, but that was before Byrd went off.