CAMERON — Lampasas could not overcome its slow start.
Playing in the program’s second postseason game since 2001, the Lady Badgers struggled early, and it cost them.
Lampasas committed 14 turnovers in the opening period and made just three field goals, and Class 4A No. 4 Navasota capitalized, outscoring the Lady Badgers by a dozen points in the period en route to a 55-40 victory.
Outside of the opening quarter, the Lady Rattlers only outscored Lampasas by three points.
Navasota (35-2) recorded 20 of the game’s first 25 points and held a 20-8 advantage following the first period, and the Lady Rattlers took a 31-19 cushion into halftime.
The Lady Badgers attempted to claw their way back into the game after the break, but the damage was already done.
Junior forward Diane Hurst led Lampasas with 14 points and four rebounds, while teammate Jelecia Magee, a junior, scored all 11 of her points in the second half. Additionally, freshman guard Taylor Allen scored seven points and junior Paige Linney had four points, four rebounds and two blocks.
The defeat ended the high school careers of two Lady Badgers — Erica Rodriguez and Maci Proctor — but Lampasas has plenty of talent returning, including all five of its starters.
The Lady Badgers produced a 19-18 overall record under first-year head coach Mark Myers, who led the program to the playoffs for the first time since 2015.