Testing new waters in Brownwood seemed to be to the Fillies liking as they steamrolled through the field leaving with the championship trophy in the Brownwood TexasBank Holiday Classical Tournament.
Not only did the team leave with the Championship trophy, but Holly Hemmeline was named as the tournament’s MVP. The hot shooting Fillie finished with a 17 point per game average in the four games the Fillies played in.
The Fillies started play on Thursday, December 28 with a 68-50 win over Hereford. They followed that win with an 86-26 thumping of Dublin, dominated Goldthwaite 53-16, and finished with a 69-45 over Nolan Catholic.
Those four wins put them in the championship game against Colorado City who had to forfeit the game due to severe weather conditions preventing them from making the drive back to Brownwood on the final day. The Lady Wolves had defeated tournament host Brownwood 49-38 in the final game of pool play to earn their position in the championship game.
In the Dublin game the Fillies got off to a fast start grabbing a 27-6 first quarter lead that grew to 50-14 at intermission. Another big quarter upped that lead to 72-22 heading into the final eight minutes of play. Led by Holly’s 19 points, five Fillies were in double digit scoring as every Fillie entered the scoring column. Hailey Henderson had a season best 14 points, Morgan Dial connected on three 3-point baskets and finished with 12 points while Haylee Villarreal and Arielle Adams both had 11. Also adding to the point total was Cas Esmerado and Moraima Villegas with five points, Jayleen Villarreal tossed in four points, Dacey Gutierrez had three points, and Nadia De La Rosa rounded out the scoring with two points.
It was the same in the Goldthwaite game as the Fillies once again jumped out to a quick 13-2 lead at the end of the first quarter. A 19-point outburst in the second quarter upped the lead to 32-11 at intermission. The Fillie defense shut Goldthwaite down in the third quarter that carried them to a 46-11 lead heading into the final quarter of play.
Haylee paced the Fillies with 11 points as nine of the Fillies added points to the final total. Arielle and Holly both tossed in nine points, Morgan chipped in six, Cas and Hailey both had five points, Dacey and Nadia had three each, and Moraima finished with two points.
Three-point baskets by Morgan, Cas, Jayleen, and Hailey propelled the Fillies to a 16-6 lead over Nolan Catholic in the final game of pool play. That lead once again grew to 36-13 at intermission and 55-32 heading into the final quarter of play.
Holly had the hot hand finishing with 21 points. Morgan and Cas were also in double figures with 13 points each. Also in the scoring column was Nadia and Arielle with six points each, Haylee had four points, and Jayleen and Hailey both added three points.
The Fillies opened district play on Friday when they hosted number one state ranked Levelland at the Dag. Levelland, fresh off a second-place finish in the Lubbock Holiday tournament, will bring a 21-1 to town and the Fillies, who are number 9 ranked 4A team, will be trying to improve on their 16-5 record.
District battles will continue Tuesday when Lamesa comes to town and on Friday the Fillies will travel to Seminole to face an always tough Maiden team.