The Warriors dropped to 1-1 with Tuesday’s 35-30 loss at 5A South Albany. (File photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

The Philomath High School girls basketball team dropped to 1-1 on the season with a 35-30 loss on Tuesday at South Albany.

The Warriors played shorthanded against the 5A opponent with senior starter Hailie Couture leaving the floor in the first quarter and freshman Emily Taunisila not available due to illness.

“We did a pretty good job on the defensive end,” PHS coach Ben Silva said. “They were physical and aggressive and we struggled (offensively).”

Philomath led 6-5 through the first quarter with half of those points coming on a 3-pointer by sophomore Aneeka Steen and the other three on free throws by senior Abigail Brown.

South Albany (1-0) took a 15-13 lead by halftime with junior Ava Marshall coming off the bench to score five and freshman Taylor Donaldson sinking a 3-pointer. Philomath was limited to just two field goals in the first half.

The two teams played even in the third quarter with the Redhawks maintaining a two-point lead going into the final eight minutes. The best quarter of the evening for the visitors, five different players scored for Philomath in the third.

South Albany pulled out the win in the fourth quarter with its only baskets being 3-pointers by freshman Madeline Angel and Donaldson.

Brown finished with 10 points for the Warriors on three field goals and 4 of 6 from the free-throw line. Steen and Tryon each added seven.

Through the first two contests this season, Philomath’s defense has allowed only 24 points per game.

Philomath’s next varsity action is scheduled for Friday and Saturday at the Marist Tournament in Eugene. The Warriors open on the first day with a game at 4 p.m. against Gladstone.