Things appeared to be going Brownfield’s way for most of the Lady Cubs’ District opener Friday night in Coahoma -- until the last minutes of the game.
The Lady Cubs held a lead at the end of each of the first three quarters, 11-10, 21-20 and 35-28, but let the Lady Bulldogs put together a nine-point run to open the fourth and take a one-point lead.
Both squads traded the lead for the remainder of the game and the Lady Cubs were on top by one point with a minute to go after a steal and full-court lay up by junior point guardTessa Hope.
But a Lady Bulldog player hit a smooth jumper from the left side to give the home team the one point advantage and forcing the Lady Cubs to foul to stop the clock.
Both free throws found the bucket and Coahoma was up by three points with less than two seconds remaining in the game.
Lady Cubs Head Coach Derek Faught called a time out following the free throws to form a plan.
Following the plan shared by Faught in the huddle, Hope stepped out of bounds to inbound the ball.
Junior post Lexi Cruz jumped out next to her and took the ball, allowing Hope to run onto the court and catch the inbound pass, but there wasn’t time to cover the full length of the court and she was forced to lob the final shot from beyond half court only to see it fall short of the goal.
The Lady Bulldogs stole the win, 43-40.
Hope was a dominating force int he game and led all scorers with 27 points, including 6-for-7 performance at the free throw line.
Freshman post Autumn Williams contributed seven points in the game, followed by Cruz with four and Sloane Holt with two.
The Lady Cubs are back in action Tuesday night with a road trip to Denver City to take on the Lady Mustangs for their second game of the young District 4-2A season.