MOUNT VERNON– It was a tough week on the road for the Solon boys’ basketball team last week.
The Spartans picked up their first two losses of the season, falling Tuesday to Western Dubuque at Epworth, 57-44, and to longtime rival Mount Vernon Friday night, 42-33.
“It’s the first time in seven years we lost two games in one week,” noted Solon Head Coach Brad Randall.
Junior T.J. Lake scored 27 points against the Spartans on 7-11 shooting Tuesday to help push Western Dubuque to a 13-point victory. “We’ve held teams to less than that at times,’ Randall said. “They have a good basketball team. They do a lot of things very, very well.”
Rebounding was one of the deciding factors in the game, he added. Solon lost the battle of the boards, 32-19.
Turner Wentzien led the Solon scoring with 19 points, while Rory Siddell chipped in 13. Solon was 7-9 from the free throw line but only Wentzien and Siddell had attempts.
Randall saw improvement in Friday night’s game at Mount Vernon, but not enough to bring home a win. “We had a nice plan,” he observed. The Spartans held the Mustangs to 15 points in the second half and had the lead down to six points in the fourth quarter. “We had terrific shots but we couldn’t knock ‘em down. I thought in the fourth quarter we had a pretty good chance.”
He credited junior Austin Miller for providing a spark off the bench in the second half. Game statistics weren’t available at deadline.
The Spartans go into the winter break with a game Thursday hosting Mid-Prairie in a girls-boys doubleheader. “Mid-Prairie is kind of inexperienced like us, so it should be an interesting game,” Randall said. “I think we could be pretty good by the end of the season.”