SALADO — A day after dropping a 22-point decision to Thorndale, the Salado Lady Eagles showed their toughness and picked up two huge wins Friday on day two of the Coach Smith Tournament.
In the nightcap, Salado picked up a quality win over West 41-32. West defeated Thorndale earlier in the day. Behind Kerrigan Hearne’s 14 points, and clutch free throw shooting at the end, the Lady Eagles led for nearly the entire game.
Hearne led both teams with a game-high 14 points.
Salado extended its lead to 10 in the second quarter on a Kaia Philen corner 3-pointer. The lead grew to a game-high 12 when Sarah Kate Kelarek found Katelyn Seymour under the basket for the lay-in that extended the Lady Eagles lead to 21-9.
However, the Lady Trojans went on a 6-0 run to end the half and did not make the win easy for Salado.
Salado (4-6) went into halftime up 21-15.
West got the game as close as 40-34 late in the third quarter, but just like their head coach, Diane Konarik, the Lady Eagles battled all game and did not give up when West made several runs to appear to take hold of the contest.
Salado finished the game 12 of 23 from the free-throw line.
Kelarek also finished in double figures with 12 points.
Earlier in the day, five Lady Eagles finished in double figures in scoring and Salado crushed Austin Travis 81-16.
Kolarek led the team with 16 points, including an eight-point third quarter.
Salado led 46-13 at halftime.
Taylor Lowrance finished with 12 points, followed by Hearne and Manning, who chipped in with 10 apiece.
The Salado boys finished the day 1-1 by defeating Bruceville-Eddy 53-34, and losing to undefeated Pilot Point 40-26.
The Eagles led throughout the first half against Pilot Point.
After a Willy Whigham floater in the paint gave the Eagles a 17-12 advantage, Anthony Young found Trevor Stump for a layup, giving Salado its largest lead at 19-12 with 1:20 left in the first half.
However, in the third quarter, Pilot Point (5-0) showed why it is undefeated.
The Bearcats outscored Salado (4-2), 23-2 in the third quarter, thanks to the hot shooting of Drake Wood.
The junior guard hit five 3-pointers in the quarter to break the game open.
Jeremy Jarvis led the Eagles with 11 points. Stump followed with 10.
“Pilot Point was the best team we played all season long,” said Salado boys coach Kenny Mann. “They were probably the only team that I felt like was better than us, and the only team that should have beaten us this season.”
Earlier in the day, Salado defeated Bruceville-Eddy behind seven 3-pointers.
Stump led the Eagle attack with 15 points. Jake Pittman finished with 14.
Seven different Eagles scored in the game.
Anthony Young also helped with 13 points.
Salado advanced to play Jarrell today at 3 p.m.
OTHER FRIDAY SCORES
Caldwell 62, Leander Glenn 52
Pilot Point 67, McGregor 42
Jarrell 69, Thorndale 31
Austin Travis 49, Lago Vista 38
Paradise 50, Central Texas Christian 35
Bruceville-Eddy 58, McGregor 49
Austin Travis 58, Caldwell 47
McGregor 57, Cameron Yoe 37
Thorndale 78, Austin Travis 12
Robinson 48, Cameron 25
McGregor 50, Hutto 43
West 42, Thorndale 39