SOLON– Home cooking only went so far,
The Solon Lady Spartans split last week’s home stand, taking a 43-40 win over Western Dubuque and falling 36-26 to Mount Vernon.
The Lady Spartans moved to 4-3 on the season and head into winter break after a girls-boys doubleheader at home Thursday against Mid-Prairie.
Solon hopped out to an 8-2 lead over Western Dubuque last Tuesday, and maintained a lead throughout the game, although Head Coach Mark Sovers would like to see his team more comfortable in the fourth quarter.
“We’ve got to figure out a way to finish games,” he said. The Lady Spartans came away empty during some fourth quarter possessions, and Sovers said he’d like his team to get to the foul line more.
Solon did a good job making adjustments at the half, he said, and Karly Kramer continued to provide a spark off the bench with four points and four rebounds.
Emma Rickels led the Solon scoring with 10, the only player in double figures, but eight different Lady Spartans made it into the scoring column. Rylee Smith provided eight points, while Katelyn Anderson added seven.
The Lady Spartans pulled down 27 rebounds, 10 on the offensive glass, led by Ashley Holubar with six and Smith with five.
A slow start helped dig a hole for the girls Friday night against Mount Vernon.
The Lady Spartans were down 17-2 early on, thanks in part to Mustang senior Liz Skotowski, who took advantage of some transition opportunities.
“They (Mount Vernon) did a nice job of mixing up defenses to start,” Sovers said.
Solon responded, however, limiting Mount Vernon to five points in the second quarter, six in the third and six in the fourth. “We can take and build off things we did in the second half,” Sovers observed. “More movement, more attacking the basket.”
The Lady Spartans were led in scoring by Rickels with eight points, and Mel Breza with five.