Free throw shooting is proving costly for the Solanco girls basketball team.
The Mules misfired on 12 of their 20 attempts Saturday in a 42-41 loss to the hosts in the consolation game of the Warwick Holiday Tournament.
The poor foul shooting prevented Solanco from icing the game and Warwick's Rylee Derr buried a go-ahead three-pointer with 20 seconds remaining.
Solanco heavyweight Bo Spiller captured the prestigious Beast of the East wrestling tournament in Newark, Del., Sunday.
Spiller capped a dominant performance that included his 100th career win with an 11-2 major decision over Saul Wilkins of GAR Memorial in the title match.
Spiller outscored his last three opponents 29-5 after scoring first period pins in his first two matches.
The Solanco girls basketball team dropped a pair of games after earning their second victory.
The Mules suffered a 40-22 setback to Section Two rival Elizabethtown Friday night.
The Bears broke the game open by outscoring Solanco 11-0 in the third quarter. The Mules trailed by three at the end of the first quarter and were down seven at halftime.
The Solanco wrestling team will have a new look this season.
Gone are four-time state champion Thomas Haines and Connor Sheehan, who was third at the state meet last season.
The Mules do return eight wrestlers from last year's squad led by heavyweight Bo Spiller. Spiller was 37-8 last year at 220 pounds and is 86-27 in his career. He finished fourth at last year's PIAA meet after capturing sectional and district/regional titles.
Under first-year coach Chad McDowell, the Solanco girls basketball team is seeking significant improvement from its one-win campaign last year.
All five starters from last season graduated but several players have varsity experience.
Two of those players – seniors Rachel Trout and Haley Conklin – will alternate at point guard and shooting guard.
"I expect quality leadership with them being seniors," McDowell said. "I expect them to be floor leaders and keep things calm out on the floor."