The Saltillo Lady Lions hit the road for a tough road game Tuesday, going up against the Van Lady Vandals. Saltillo knew they would have their hands full going into the matchup, taking on a bigger school who has gotten off to a very strong start to the year.
The Lady Lions had to play catchup pretty early on, as the Lady Vandals got off to a very strong start. Saltillo did their best to stay in the game, but trailed 23-7 at the end of the first frame.
The second quarter was a bit more evenly matched, though Saltillo still struggled to work their way back into things. From a defensive standpoint the Lady Lions had a better second quarter, although they struggled to find offense of their own, scoring just six points in the frame.
The second half saw a very different tale for the Lady Lions, as they stepped things up on both ends of the floor. Saltillo was outscored by just three points in the third quarter and then outscored Van 12-9 in the fourth quarter, but they ultimately fell by a final score of 64-37.
Allie Lane was the leading scorer for Saltillo, walking away with 13 points. It was her second consecutive outing with 10 or more points.
Also finishing in double-digits was Julianna Giles who was right behind Lane with 12 points. It was Giles’ third straight outing in double-digits, after she scored 15 points and 19 points respectively in each of the Lady Lions last two games.
Also scoring for Saltillo were Ryleigh Redar who had six points, Maysen Pipken with four points and Yadhira Alonso with two points.
“We got beat by an athletic team that came out ready to play,” assistant coach Nick Boekhorst said. “Hopefully we will come out ready to play next game.”
The loss drops the Lady Lions’ record to 6-5 to open the season. They will have a very busy weekend as they are playing in the McLeod tournament. Coverage of how they do will be published on Front Porch News.