The Huntsville Lady Hornets kept battling with one of the top two teams in District 14-5A on Friday night.

But the Conroe Lady Tigers proved to be too tough and handed Huntsville a 66-33 setback to improve to 23-7 overall and 10-2 in district action. The loss dropped the Lady Hornets to 2-10 in league action and 6-21 on the season.

“We just started off slow, and they killed us at the free throw line early,” Lady Hornet coach Mia Cook said. “But we never gave up. In the second half we got more relaxed and was able to do some things with the basketball. Conroe is a really good team, and they are going to show some people some things.”

The Lady Tigers used a deadly outside shooting game to open up the inside and get to the free throw line. They finished the game going 15-of-24 from the charity stripe.

Conroe built a 16-5 lead in the first quarter and took a 33-15 advantage into the break.

Cook said whenever the Lady Hornets would get pressure on the outside shooters, Conroe would dish it off and go inside.

“It was a battle underneath and outside,” Cook said. “Conroe is a very good perimeter team. They didn’t get to us early from outside, but once they did, they hardly missed.”

The Lady Hornets held the Lady Tigers to just 11 points in the third quarter, but Conroe opened it back up with 22 points in the final period to close out the victory.

Jaleesa Thomas led the Lady Hornets with 15 points, and Bre’Neka O’Bryant and Scottie Ward added five and four, respectively.

Huntsville returns to action Tuesday, when last place Klein Forest comes to town for a 7 p.m. tipoff.

“I just don’t want us to take Klein Forest lightly,” Cook added. “We need to be on top of our game because Klein Forest is going to be a tough test.”

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