Salado gets sportsmanship trophy
Salado Lady Eagles struggled against their red dirt opponents at the Polk City Tournament in Abilene Nov. 19-21 but came home with the Sportsmanship Trophy before the Thanksgiving break.
The girls will host teams from around the state during the Coach Smith Tournament Dec. 1-3.
The girls lost to Abilene Wylie in the first round 22-59. Wylie took a 21-5 halftime lead and scored 38 second half points while holding Salado to 17 points in the second half.
Kerrigan Hearne got half of the Lady Eagles points, shooting three three pointers in the second half. She had 11 total points to lead Salado, shooting 100 percent at the free throw line as well.
Sarah Kelarek followed with eight points and Payton Dreitz had three points for the Lady Eagles.
Salado bounced back to beat Snyder on Nov. 20 by a score of 51-38.
The teams were knotted at 11 at the end of the first and Snyder held on for a 28-21 halftime lead. Salado shut down Snyder in the third quarter to tie the game at 34-34 going into the fourth.
Six Lady Eagles scored in the fourth quarter while the defense held Snyder to just four points to give Salado the win.
Brianna Washington led the team with 11 points, followed by Dreitz, who scored 10 points, seven in the first period.
Also scoring for Salado were Gema Vitolas, nine points, Kierstan Osborn, seven points, Hearne, five points, Taylor Lowrance, four points, Kelarek, three points and Paz Perez, two points.
Salado lost to Lancaster 27-16 on Nov. 20 in the tournament.
Lancaster held Salado scoreless in the second period to stretch a 9-4 first quarter lead to 15-4 at the half.
Washington led the girls with six points, followed by Osborn, five points, Dreitz, three points and Hearne, two points.
The Lady Eagles lost to Caprock in their final game of the tournament by a score of 36-18 on Nov. 21.
Kelarek led the girls in scoring with nine points, including a third quarter three-pointer. Dreitz followed with four points, all in the first quarter, Osborn had three points on a shot beyond the arc and Lowrance had two points.
Salado Lady Eagles played McGregor on the road Nov. 21, but the game was played after press time for this week’s edition.
Prior to the tournament, Salado lost to McGregor on the road Nov. 17 by a score of 61-55.
Salado led the game in the first quarter 16-13. The girls led at the half 29-25, but McGregor scored 18 third quarter points to take a 43-39 lead.
Kelarek led the girls in scoring with 15 points. She was following by Vitolas, nine points, Lowrance, seven points, Washington and Osborn, six points each, Dreitz and Hearne, five points each and Danielle McDaniel, two points.