Salado girls at Lampasas

Lampasas junior Analise Watson (4) plays the ball with a Salado defender behind her during Friday’s game in Lampasas. The Lady Badgers blanked Salado 2-0.

LAMPASAS — Tied 0-0 at halftime, Lampasas head coach Tracy Brantley had a conversation with her team about picking up its intensity. 

The message did not fall on deaf ears.

Fifty seconds into the second half, reigning District 34-4A MVP Analise Watson delivered a header to teammate Maria Salinas, who collected the ball, set up her shot and sent it past Salado’s goalkeeper.

The Lady Badgers went on to defeat the Lady Eagles 2-0 on Friday, further cementing their first-place hold atop the district standings.

Considering it was senior night, Brantley was not going to allow her team’s sluggish start to continue.

“We had a little talk at halftime,” Brantley said. “I was opening up their eyes to the fact this was some of their last times to play on this field. They really needed to step their game up and show everybody what they have and how they know how to play.”

For Lampasas’ senior quartet of Aimee Henderson, Bailey Hilgenberg, Sierra Rash and Salinas to conclude their careers with a win was extremely special for Brantley.

“That is exactly what every coach wants — a victory for their seniors as they are leaving,” she said. “For the past couple of years, I’ve just had one or two seniors, so this year to have four that started every year is exciting.”

With 12 minutes remaining in the game, the Lady Badgers (7-1) added to their lead as junior Qadrey Tolliver sent a header into the back of the net off teammate Caitlyn Shaughnessy’s assist, and the Lady Eagles (3-5) were never able to recover.

Nevertheless, Salado head coach Michael Goos was pleased with his team’s performance.

“The girls played very hard,” he said. “It was a really good game, but we had two unfortunate mistakes. We made mistakes we shouldn’t make and normally don’t, and Lampasas capitalized on them. That’s why they are by far the best team in our district right now.”

Contact Clay Whittington at clayw@kdhnews.com

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