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Lady Spartans drop opener

DeWITT– The Lady Spartans were cold and the Sabers were hot.
Solon’s girls’ basketball team dropped to 0-1 on the young season with a loss on the road at Central DeWitt, 58-39.
“We missed our first 12 shots and dug quite a hole,” said Solon head coach Tony Nicol.
Central DeWitt jumped out to a 17-6 first quarter lead and had doubled up the Lady Spartans 35-16 at the half. The third and fourth quarters were even with each team putting up 23 points.
Solon unfortunately ran into an offensively potent duo in the Sabers’ Amanda Brainerd and Miranda Meland. Brainerd was 9-12 from the field and hit all five of her free throw attempts. Meland was 7-12, including 5-9 from beyond the 3-point arc. The two combined for 42 of the Sabers’ 58 points.
“DeWitt ran their offense very well and made a lot of shots,” Nicol said. “We finished the game shooting 21 percent from the floor, which makes success a bit difficult. We have a lot of new players getting playing time this year and it will certainly be a process.”
Returning starter senior Rylee Smith led Solon with 7 points.
No other Solon statistics were available at press time.
The Lady Spartans were scheduled to host Western Dubuque Tuesday for the start of the home schedule, then hit the road for a game with Center Point-Urbana on Friday, Dec. 6. Washington (IA) comes to Solon Saturday, Dec. 7, and Solon heads up the highway to face Mount Vernon Tuesday, Dec. 10.