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Lions open season with road loss

by Tyler Lennon

The Saltillo Lions traveled to Martins Mill Friday for their season opener. After a really strong year in each of the past few seasons, the Lions were looking to open their season on another strong note.

Saltillo struggled to find their offense early in the game, scoring just six points in the opening frame. Martins Mill got off to a very strong start, on the other hand, leading 17-6 at the end of the first quarter.

The Lions were able to slow Martins Mill down a bit in the second frame, although they still struggled to find offense of their own. After being outscored by four points in the quarter, the Lions trailed 29-14.

The second half saw more of the same, as Saltillo had their lowest scoring quarter of the night in the third quarter. They picked things up in the fourth quarter, although it was too little too late, as they fell by a final score of 63-32.

Andrew Redburn, who has been a huge part of their success over recent years, was the leading scorer in the season opener. Redburn walked away as the lone Lion in double-digits, putting up 14 points.

Gunner Tarver was the next leading scorer, finishing with eight points. Coy Collins had five points, while David Whitworth finished with three points and Ethan White finished with two points.

The junior varsity team also got their first action of the season Friday. After trailing 7-6 at the end of the first quarter, the Lions junior varsity squad had back-to-back high scoring quarters, outscoring Martins Mill 30-9 between the second and third quarters.

The offense slowed down in the fourth quarter, but the Lions already had a very comfortable lead, cruising to a 40-24 win. Colton McGill and Caden McGill were the leading scorers for the Saltillo junior varsity, scoring 12 points and 11 points respectively. 

Jacob Sexton was next with seven points and Rowdy Speir was just behind him with six points. Adrian Don Juan and Jonas Beadle each added two points.

The Lions will be back in action Tuesday when they travel to Miller Grove. The junior varsity squad will be looking to improve to 2-0, while the varsity team will be looking to pick up their first win of the young season.

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