LINDALE — It was a case of the same song, different verse for the No. 4 state-ranked Saltillo Lady Lions Friday in their meeting with the Slocum Lady Mustangs.
The Lady Mustangs took the Class 1A Division II Area basketball title home from Lindale High School in a 39-35 final second rally.
The Lady Lions have made the playoffs 15 times over the last 19 years under head coach Garry Davison. Even with the impressive experience in postseason round ball action, the competitiveness of the game seemed to wear on the Saltillo team comprised mainly of underclassmen.
“We played to our age against Slocum. We started one freshman, two sophomores, a junior and a freshman,” Davison explained. “We had a lead late and could not hold it. On our last five possessions we had four turnovers and a missed one-and-one free throw. You can’t win doing that against a good team. Give Slocum the credit, they made the plays and we didn’t.”