Lily Truchon scored 22 points and South Shore came out flying in a 69-38 victory over Solon Springs in high school girls basketball Monday, Jan. 5, in Solon Springs.

Chloe Sipsas added 18 points and Natalie Knaack had 11 as the Cardinals, who led 41-19 at the half, improved to 5-0.

“We knew that it was going to be a tough battle,” Eagles coach Adam Bielmeier said. “South Shore has a dominant team. They started the game out fast and that continued for most of the night. They play very fast and look to push the ball up the floor any chance they can. They have two of the best players in the conference in Chloe Sipsas and Lily Truchon.”

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Solon Springs’ Jori Gehl (12) shoots over South Shore’s Lily Truchon (15) in the second half of the game in Solon Springs Monday evening, Jan.4. The Cardinals defeated the Eagles 69-38. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)
Solon Springs’ Jori Gehl (12) shoots over South Shore’s Lily Truchon (15) in the second half of the game in Solon Springs Monday evening, Jan.4. The Cardinals defeated the Eagles 69-38. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

Kyra Latvala led all scorers with a season-high 26 points, including three 3-pointers, while Jori Gehl added seven points and 14 rebounds for the Eagles (4-4).

“A lot of their baskets came off of fast break baskets,” Bielmeier said. “We only had six girls for the contest, so their depth and pace hurt us. Although being down, our girls battled until the very end. It is important for us to look to improve with every game no matter who it is against, and there were definitely some good things we can take away from it and some things we will look to fix.”

Solon Springs plays at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8, at Butternut. The Eagles beat Butternut 52-43 in what was considered a nonconference game Dec. 21 in Solon Springs. That won’t be the case as this next meeting will be the Eagles’ first official Indianhead Conference game of the year.

“We’re looking forward to getting Claire Holmstrom back to add depth to the team and are ready to get conference play going,” Bielmeier said. “We have shown some really good basketball, so I hope we will be able to show that for a nice stretch here.”

South Shore 41-28—69

Solon Springs 19-19—38

South Shore — Paige Lahti 7, Abby Lahti 4, Beau Reijo 5, Lily Truchon 22, Maggie Ostrenga 2, Chloe Sipsas 18, Natalie Knaack 11. Totals 30 4-11 69.

3-point goals — Lahti, Reijo, Sipsas, Knaack 2.

Solon Springs — Izzy Molina 3, Kyra Latvala 26, Jori Gehl 7, Gretchen Hammond 2.