Dublin (8-6) had its chances but a poor offensive showing in the third quarter was too much to overcome in a 50-42 loss to unbeaten San Saba (15-0) in a District 8-2A opener Tuesday night.

The Lady Lions kept it close, especially in the first half as they went to the break trailing 25-24. But Dublin was outscored 10-4 in the third and 15-14 in the fourth as San Saba hit just enough three-point field goals to maintain breathing room down the stretch.

“They would pass the ball into the corner and fire up a three, which is what we wanted them to do - take quick shots,” Dublin head coach Randy Parks said. “But then it would hit nothing but net.”

San Saba, ranked No. 5 in the latest Texas Girls Coaches Association 2A poll, hit six three-balls on the night.

Dublin was led by Bethanie Young with 17 points and eight rebounds and Kim Spivey with 10 points, six boards and five steals. Cayla Beck (7), Kim Ramos (4) and Wakely Brown (4) rounded out the scoring.