Salado Whistles Past Lexington 58-44
The Salado Eagles used some good shooting and a few curious whistles to defeat the Lexington Eagles in the District 22A opener for both teams. Salado played pressure defense late in the game when Lexington’s team had been reduced by mistakes and fouls.
Lexington lost their top two scorers early in the game. Jason Washington went to the bench in the second quarter, and Eriq Mitchell was parked midway in the fourth period. The remaining Eagles responded very well to the adversity. It was not until late in the game that the Salado pressure got to Lexington, and the score widened to the final 58-44. Salado did not press consistently until all but one of the Lexington ball handlers were eliminated, because they could not stop Lexington with the Eagles fully manned.
Zach Lay stepped up after Washington’s dismissal, playing the point guard role the rest of the game. Lay navigated the Salado pressure very well until he tired late in the game. Reserves, Nate Holcomb and Brayland Chism, got some extended playing time and seemed to improve each trip down the court.