CEDAR RAPIDS– Solon’s Lady Spartans couldn’t quite get it together in their first game back on the hardwood after winter break.
Solon fell to Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Saturday night, 54-47, in a game held at Cornell College as part of Rivalry Saturday.
Solon trailed early, but fought back to take a 1-point lead going into the fourth quarter, erasing a 6-point halftime margin.
“We struggled with intensity and energy until the third quarter,” said head coach Tony Nicol. “In the third we played like a team with a mission and then for whatever reason we lost momentum.”
The Lady Spartans had a run with about two minutes left to pull the game back within 3 points, but Solon had racked up the fouls and CCA held a 20-5 advantage at the charity stripe. The Lady Spartans were called for 22 fouls, while CCA was whistled by the refs only 10 times.
“It did not help that CCA was shooting free throws the entire fourth and we did not even get to the line,” Nicol said. “CCA deserves credit for making their free throws late and I felt their team wanted it more.”
Solon had balanced scoring, with three players in double figures. Rylee Smith, Karly Kramer and Ali Herdliska each had 10 points, while Kristen Purdy chipped in 8. The Lady Spartans shot a chilly 18-63 from the field (29 percent), going 6-23 from the 3-point arc.
Seven of Kramer’s team-leading eight rebounds came on the offensive glass, but Solon was out-rebounded 39-32. The Lady Spartans had 18 offensive boards for the game.
The girls were scheduled to play Tuesday at Mount Vernon, then host Dyersville Beckman Friday in Solon.