SOLON– The Spartans played three good quarters, but they needed four.
A fourth-quarter drought cost Solon the lead and the game at Maquoketa last week, but the team bounced back from the 59-49 loss to defeat West Delaware at home, 58-42.
“We actually played pretty well at times,” Head Coach Brad Randall said of the loss. Solon was ahead 43-40 entering the fourth quarter, but the Spartans went 1-12 from the field and gave up eight offensive rebounds.
“It was just kind of mysterious,” Randall observed. “We absolutely could not get to the free throw line when we had to.”
Momentum swung back and forth between the teams before settling to stay with Maquoketa.
Austin Miller led the Spartan scoring attack with 12, going 4-4 from beyond the arc. Jake Morris had 10 points and nine rebounds. Joe Weeks added eight boards, but Solon was edged on the glass, 36-28, and gave up 16 offensive rebounds to Maquoketa.
Four Spartans hit double figures at home Friday against West Delaware.
Joe Weeks scored 13 points, Miller 12 and Rory Siddell and Turner Wentzien each had 10 in the 58-42 win. Solon shot 20-46 from the field and 13-18 from the free throw line. Siddell was 2-3 from three-point range, while Weeks was 5-6 at the line.
“It was the best intensity we’ve shown, start to finish,” Randall said. He said the team went to the boards much more aggressively, led by Ethan Ahern, who grabbed nine, five of them offensive. Wentzien had six rebounds, six assists and two steals on the night.
“We’re playing more good quarters,” Randall noted. “We’re doing more good things than bad.”
The boys enter the week with an overall record of 7-4 and face three games on the road– at DeWitt Tuesday, Jan. 17, at Independence Friday, and at Iowa City Regina Saturday as part of a girls/boys doubleheader.