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Lady Lions hold their own in home tournament

by Tyler Lennon

The Saltillo Lady Lions hosted their own tournament over the weekend, giving themselves a chance to see how they match up against a variety of opponents. Saltillo got a number of games in over the weekend, and walked away from the tournament with a record of 5-4.

Saltillo got the tournament started with a game against Clarksville, in which they got off to a huge start. The Lady Lions outscored Clarksville 23-4 in the opening frame, as they went on to cruise to an easy 54-12 win. 

Allie Lane was the leading scorer, putting up 19 points the blowout win. Gabby Ross also finished in double-digits, scoring 10 points. Julianna Giles and Ryleigh Reeder each had eight points, while Yadhira Alonso had five points. Maysen Pipkin and Brianna Tawil each had two points. 

The Lady Lions turned around later in the day and faced Whitewright, who gave them a much tougher time. Saltillo led 11-10 after the first quarter, but struggled for the remainder of the game, falling by a final score of 38-27.

Giles led the way with 12 points for Saltillo. Behind her was Lane with eight points. Alonso had four points, while Redar had two points and Ross had one point. “I liked our defense, liked our intensity, but we need ti improve our scoring,” assistant coach Nick Boekhorst said.


The Lady Lions continued the tournament on Friday, opening with a game against Liberty-Eylau. After a tightly contested first quarter the Lady Lions dominated the remainder of the, winning easily by a final score of 57-20. 

Saltillo spread the scoring out evenly, having three players finish in double-digits. Lane was the leading scorer with 18 points, while Tawil and Redar each had 10 points. Behind them was Giles with eight points, Alonso with seven points and Ross with four points. 

Later that night, Saltillo faced Prairland, looking to continue their winning ways. The Lady Loins found themselves trailing by nine points at the end of the first half, before putting together a great third quarter.

Saltillo outscored Prairliand by 15 points, which helped them go on to win by a final score of 51-40. Giles had a huge game, leading the way with 25 points. Redar was next with nine points, while Lane had six points, Tawil had five points, Ross had four points and Alonso had two points.

“An early season big win for us, our coaching staff is really proud of our intensity on defense and its consistency each game and we hope it continues as the year goes on,” Boekhorst said. “Our offense is improving as well.”

The Lady Lions ended their tournament with a pair of games Saturday, neither of which went there way. They dropped their first game of the day against Huckabay 56-35, before losing to Lone Oak 55-44.

“Tough back-to-back games, but we played hard and we really liked our effort,” Boekhorst said. 

The Lady Lions walk away from the tournament with a record of 5-4.

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