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Eagle girls defeat Bessemer

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The Solon Springs girls basketball team defeated Bessemer 49-37 Thursday night in Solon Springs.

The Eagle girls started the game trailing by three early in the first quarter, but they took the lead on a 3-point shot by Autumn Blaylock and a quick jump shot from Tylor Kruse. From that point the on the Eagles never trailed again.

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“It was a game of runs,” said Brian Amys, head coach of the Eagles. “Bessemer never gave up and fought their way back into the game by bringing the Eagles’ lead to just one early in the third quarter.”

Solon Springs answered with a run of its own to build an advantage the Speed could not overcome.

The Eagles were led in scoring by Kruse, with 21 points, and Autumn Blaylock, with 14 points.

“Autumn Blaylock and Tylor Kruse took over in the fourth quarter and got the win for the Eagles,” Amys said.

The Eagle reserves also played a key role after Solon Springs found itself in foul trouble early. Amys said the players coming off the bench filled in well and kept control of the game.

“They came in, gave us good minutes and did their job,” Amys said. “I always tell the girls (to) know your role on this team and perform to your best; the rest of the game will come with your hard work and playing to your expectations.

“We did a really good job at getting everyone involved tonight. We had scoring contributions through the roster, which is always nice to see as a coach.”

Solon Springs also passed the ball well on Thursday. Phoenix Thomas had five assists to lead the team, Brianna Larson and Blaylock had four assists each, and Alicia Jensen and Kruse added three apiece.

Jensen led the team in rebounding with 10 rebounds, while Taylor Anderson and Larson added five each.

The Eagles return to action Monday with a home game against the Northwood Evergreens.

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