The Saltillo Lions and Lady Lions each hosted Hooks Tuesday, looking to pick up a pair of home wins. The Lady Lions were looking to pick up their 15th win of the season, while the Lions were looking to get themselves one game closer to the .500 mark.
Saltillo got off to an excellent start against Hooks, posting what would be their best frame of the entire night in the first quarter. Clicking both on offense and defense, the Lady Lions were able to build a 16-6 lead in the first eight minutes.
The Lady Lions kept their strong play going in the second quarter, though Hooks was able to put up more of a fight. Still outscoring Hooks in the frame, Saltillo took a 28-14 lead at the end of the first half.
The second half is when Hooks began to turn things around, posting both of their two highest scoring quarters of the night. In the third quarter they outscored Saltillo 15-6, making a manageable deficit for themselves entering the final frame.
The Lady Lions did their best to pick things back up and fight Hooks off, but they were unable to do so. After scoring just 10 points in the second half, Saltillo fell by a close score of 45-38.
Ryleigh Redar was the leading scorer for Saltillo, and the lone Lady Lion to score in double-digits. She finished with 11 points, while Julianna Giles was just behind her with nine points.
Other scorers for Saltillo were Brianna Tawil with six points, and Maysen Pipken, Allie Lane and Gabby Ross who all had four points each.
The Lions had a similar start as the Lady Lions, finding their offense from the very beginning. They were able to score 15 points in the opening frame, but Hooks stayed with them, keeping it as a one-point game.
The second quarter saw both teams continuing to score at a solid rate, though Hooks had the upper hand this time. Hooks scored the only 20-point quarter of the game, and went into the locker room with a 34-31 lead.
Looking to get back on top and take control of the game, the Lions came out with their best quarter of the night in the third. They scored their highest point total of the night (17) and held Hooks to 14 points, tying things up as they entered the final quarter.
Things stayed very close in the fourth quarter, with neither team able to create much separation from the other. Despite their best efforts the Lions fell just short, losing 66-63.
David Whitworth was the leading man, finishing with an impressive 21 points. Gunner Tarver and Andrew Redburn were right behind him, with 14 points each. Coy Collins and Colby McCoy each had four points, while Luke Ritter had three points.
After falling to Hooks the Lady Lions sit with a record of 14-13, while the Lions fall to 11-14. Both teams will be back in action Friday, with home games against Yantis. The junior varsity boys are set to go first at 4:30 p.m. with the varsity girls and varsity boys to follow. Coverage of the games will be provided on Front Porch News.