WALLIS — Things have not been easy this season for the Brazos boys’ basketball team.
After losing last year’s MVP, Jaylin Vela, to an injury, the Cougars have struggled to find ways to put points on the scoreboard.
That was evident as the Cougars played good defense, but were outscored 13-7 in the fourth quarter in a 45-38 loss to Louise on Tuesday night at Cougar Gym.
“I’m happy for how we played,” Brazos head coach Joshua McCown said. “But offensively, we just struggle to score points. I think defensively, we had a game plan and I thought the guys executed the game plan and keeping us in the game.”
The loss knocks Brazos to 1-7 in District 29-2A play, two games behind 3-5 Louise for the last playoff spot in the district.
Junior guard Jared Demny and senior forward August Hale tried to carry the offensive load by scoring 10 points each. But Louise got a diverse offensive effort to pull out the win.
The Hornets started out quickly as guard Matthew Marek hit two 3-pointers to help Louise take a 12-4 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Forward Colton Marek helped the Cougar cause with a basket and going 4-of-5 from the free-throw line in the second quarter, but Louise got a couple of 3-pointers to go down to put the Hornets up 22-15 at the half.
Brazos finally got going on offense as Hale crashed the boards and scored six points on putback baskets, while Demny scored two baskets to help the Cougars outscore Louise 16-10 in the third quarter to cut the deficit to a point.
But the Hornets clamped down defensively on the Cougars and went 8-of-10 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter to hold on for the win.
Marek added eight points for Brazos, while Louise (14-10, 3-5) was led by guard Rogeric Schooler, who had 14 points.
Brazos, now 5-24 overall, will try to get back on track at home on Friday against Yorktown at 6:30 p.m.