Lovelady Lady Lions are living up to the No. 8 state ranking they received in this week's state poll issued by the Texas Assocation of Basketball Coaches.
The Lady Lions improved their record to 4-0 with a 79-58 home win over Douglass on Friday after back-to-back road wins over Huntington and The Woodlands Christian Academy.
Against Douglass, the Lady Lions trailed 23-16 after a quarter but dominated the second frame 20-4 to pull ahead 36-27 at halftime.
After both teams scored 16 in the third, Lovelady carried a 52-43 lead into the fourth and outscored their guests by 12 to ice the win.
Freshman Lexi Price and senior Mihyia Davis shared top scorer honors with 21 apiece, while senior Shyanne Pipkin and sophomore Aaliyah Jones rounded out double figures with 13 and 11, respectively. Shelby Pugh chipped in 6, Haley Davidson 5 and Chelsea Butler 2.
This was the first loss for Douglass, which slipped to 1-2 on the year.
Travelling to Huntington on Nov. 16, the Lady Lions jumped out to a 20-6 first quarter lead over the class 3A Lady Devils and continued to pull away over the next three quarters to win it 70-37.
Lovelady led 40-18 at the half and 56-23 after three.
Price pumped in a game-high 25 and Davis followed with 18.
Rounding out the scoring were Jones with 7, Pipkin 5, Davidson 5, Arris LeMaire 4, Butler 3, Pugh 2 and Jada Johnson 1.
Hitting the road for their third game Nov. 19, the Lady Lions took down The Woodlands Christian Academy, a class 5A private school.
TWCA kept Lovelady within reach for the first half. Lovelady led 14-7 after a quarter and 26-21at the break. The Lady Lions pulled away in the third quarter, 42-26.
Price and Davis again paced the Lady Lions with 18 and 11, respectively. They were followed by Pipkin with 7, Jones 6, Davidson 6 and Butler 2.
Lovelady continued its tough schedule when it hosted class 4A Madisonville on Tuesday.
After Thanksgiving, the Lady Lions travel to Anderson-Shiro on Tuesday, Nov. 30 and then compete in the Hudson Tournament Dec. 2-4.