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Central, Derby Split

Mike Hammett - February 14, 2014 11:10 pm

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The Salina Central Mustangs split with Derby on Friday night, as the girls roll to a 63-44 win, and the boys drop a double overtime thriller to Derby 83-78 at Salina Central.

Derby boys 83, Salina Central 78, 2 OT

Salina Central was red hot out of the gate against Derby. The Mustangs hit their first five shots in leading 10-0 to open the game, and led 15-2 with 2:40 to go in the first quarter. Central led 22-9 after one.

In the second quarter, Derby turned the tables. After an opening bucket by Jordan McNelly to push the lead to 15 at 24-9, Derby went on a 26-7 run to claim a 35-31 lead on Central with 49 seconds left in the half. James Conley buried a deep three at the halftime horn, staking Derby to a 38-33 lead at the break.

In the third quarter, Derby kept pulling away, taking a 12-point lead at 50-38 before Central started to chip away. The Mustangs were still down 12 at 58-46 when Max Kuhn hit a three to end the third quarter, pulling Central within nine at 58-49.

Kuhn’s trey was the start of a 12-0 run by the Mustangs, tying the game at 58 on a lay-up by Adrian Castelli with 5:58 left. Both teams then had a tough time closing the game offensively. A three-point play by Treyton Hines gave Central a 61-60 lead, but Derby went back in front on a basket by Jeremy Dunham. Central tied the game at 62 with 1:49 left on a free throw by Hines, but neither team would score again to close regulation.

In overtime, Central opened with the first three points to lead 65-62 on a basket by Hines with 3:25 left. Central would go up four on free throws by McNelly at 70-66 with 2:04 left. However, Derby picked up two free throws by Conley, and a steal at mid-court and lay-up by Josh Mark tied the game at 70 with 1:02 left in overtime. Central ran down the clock, but missed a shot for the win at the overtime buzzer.

In the second overtime, Derby took over. The Panthers scored the first seven points, including a three by Keaton Steadman to lead 77-70. Derby led by as much as 10 in the second overtime in picking up the win.

Derby was led in scoring by Conley’s 22 points. Central picked up 26 points from McNelly, 17 from Kuhn and 13 from Hines.

Derby improves to 12-5 overall and 8-1 in AVCTL Division I, while Central drops to 8-7 overall and 4-4 in AVCTL Division I.

5A No. 1 Salina Central girls 63, Derby 44

Derby hung around early against the Central girls. Central scored the first five points before Derby answered to cut the lead to two at 5-3. A three by Emily Wood pushed the lead back to five at 8-3. The Mustangs would slowly build an eight point lead at 17-9 on a three-point play by Bailey Driver. Derby scored four straight points to get within four at 17-13, but Brooke Peters’ jumper with time winding down in the quarter gave Central a 19-13 lead after one.

In the second quarter, the Mustangs would go up by double digits for the first time at 26-16 on a three by Peters with 4:15 remaining. Derby answered back with a three by Madi Greenwood, but Central would then score five straight points to build the lead to 31-19 with 1:20 to go in the half. Derby cut the Mustang lead to 10 at the half, 32-22.

In the second half, Central put the game away with an 8-0 run to open the half, including a three by Wood and a three-point play by Hailey Mayfield. Derby would get no closer than 15 the rest of the way, and Central led by as much as 26 in the fourth quarter.

Emily Wood scored a career high 29 points to lead the Mustangs, while Hailey Mayfield added 10. Grace Mitchell tallied 20 points to lead Derby.

The Mustangs are 15-0 overall and 8-0 in Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Division I. Derby drops to 6-11 and 2-7 in AVCTL I.

Salina Central takes on Salina South at the Bicentennial Center on Tuesday. Pregame coverage is at 5:50pm with tip-off at 6 on SportsRadio 1150 KSAL and Y93.7.

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