After a promising start, Sidney’s girls basketball team lost to Laurel, 70-26, at home on Friday.
A three-pointer by Maddie Peters and a basket by Cassidy Larson pulled the Eagles to 10-8 midway into the first quarter.
Laurel accounted for the next 16 points to take a 26-8 lead. Two free throws by Sidney’s Olivia Schoepp put the margin at 26-10 to end the first quarter.
“They played tough defense and took us out of our offense,” Sidney Coach Dan Peters said. “And when we found good shots, we didn’t convert as much as we needed to.”
After the Locomotives scored the first five points of the second quarter, Ali Merritt scored for the Eagles. Free throws by Larson and Merritt put the score at 24-14.
Laurel struck for the next seven points and went on to lead 45-19 at the half.
Laurel held a 56-22 advantage at the end of the third quarter.
Larson led the Eagles with 11 points. Also scoring were Merritt with six, Peters with four, Schoepp with three and Brooke Morrill with two.
Top scorers for Laurel were Gracey Willis with 15, Maeson Cotter with 13, Sammi Spitzer with 11 and Aspen Cotter with 10.