Salado Lady Eagles fell further back in the field of District 25-4A with losses on the basketball court to Burnet and Liberty Hill last week.
Lady Eagles 18
Liberty Hill 49
Salado Lady Eagles scored 11 points in the first quarter to trail the Liberty Hill Lady Panthers by just four points, but scored just seven points over the next three periods as the hosting Lady Panthers went on to win 18-49 on Feb. 2.
Brianna Washington and Kerrigan Hearne scored four points each to lead Salado. Also scoring for Salado were Payton Dreitz and Kierstan Osborn, three points each and Sarah Kelarek and Danielle McDaniel, two points each.
Liberty Hill’s 6’7” center Ledona Hill scored 14 points to lead the Lady Panthers.
Lady Eagles 31
Salado Lady Eagles kept pace with the Burnet Lady Dogs through the first half of the Feb. 5 home game, trailing by just four points at the half 14-18, but Burnet poured on the steam in the second half, scoring 41 points to take a 59-31 win.
Burnet scored 23 points in the third quarter and added 18 points in the fourth while Salado scored 17 points in the second half.
Sarah Kelarek scored 10 points to lead Salado, half of them from the free throw line.
Also scoring for the Lady Eagles were Payton Dreitz, five points, Taylor Lowrance, four points, Paz Perez, Gema Vitolas and Kerrigan Hearne three points each, Kierstan Osborn, two points and Danielle McDaniel, one point.
Lady Eagles JV 31
Liberty Hill 52
Lexie Lima, 19 points. Anna Johnson, 5 points, Joy Johnson, Corban Mescher and Melissa McColloch, 2 points each.
Lady Eagles JV 11
Lima, 4 points, Joy Johnson and Mescher, 2 points each, Anna Johnson, Elizabeth Won and McColloch, 1 point each.
Salado Junior High Lady Eagles ended their seasons with games against Llano.
7A Girls 29
Leading scorers: Amy Manning, 11 points; Jorja Washington, 5 points
“This was an ugly win for us tonight. We were 5-16 at the free throw line and couldn’t get many of our outside shots to fall,” Coach Jodee Preston said. “Our aggressive defense made up for it though. This group of girls has so much talent that I don’t think we have even begun to see yet. I’m already excited for next year! They are such a well-rounded team who work hard and play well together. “
The girls finished the season in second place in district with an 11-3 record, 6-2 in district play.
8A Girls 20
Leading scorers: Kaia Philen, 5 points; Charity Johnson, 5 points.
“I really hate to end the season with a loss like this one,” Coach Preston said. “Fundamentally and defensively these girls controlled the floor. We just could not get our shots to fall. Llano, however, put up four three-pointers which kept them in the game. We also had a couple of players out sick and I had to move some girls around into some new positions. With that being said, I thought they did a tremendous job filling those shoes. We ran 3 different offenses and 2 different defenses as well as one amazing full court press. I’m really going to miss these girls next year! They have so much heart and passion for the game, and I know they will all be a contributing factor for Coach Konarik next year.”
The girls finished the season 7-7 and 3-5 in district play.