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Central Girls Punch Ticket to State

Mike Hammett - March 8, 2014 9:58 pm

photo by Yee Mar

photo by Yee Mar

For the second time in three years, the Salina Central girls basketball is in the Class 5A state tournament. The Mustangs earned their bid to state with a 52-37 win over Newton on Saturday at the Central gym.

Central sprinted out to a  7-0 lead, helped out by a pair of put-backs for Shaelyn Martin. Newton would answer back with five straight point to pull within 7-5, and closed within three at 10-7, but the Railers would get no closer the rest of the way.

Martin drained a three and Marysa Bradshaw’s floater in the lane just before the end of the quarter put Central up 15-7 after one.

In the second frame, Newton was within five at 15-10 when Brooke Peters hit back-to-back threes to push the lead to double digits for the first time at 21-10 with 6:41 left. The Mustangs would lead by as much as 14 in the half, and led by 13 at the break 31-18.

In the second half, Central came out clicking, scoring the first eight points to lead 39-18 with 5:01 left in the quarter. Newton wouldn’t go away, though, closing the quarter on an 8-2 run to trail 41-26 after three.

In the fourth quarter, Central pushed the lead back to 20 twice at 46-26 and 48-28, and cruised to the 52-37 win.

Central was led in scoring by 17 points from Martin and 13 points from Emily Wood. Newton was paced by 14 points from Hannah Carlgren and 13 points from Peyton Roberts-Parker.

Central advances to the Class 5A state tournament where they will be either the top-seed or the number two seed, depending on a coin-flip with Leavenworth. The Mustangs are 21-1 and will play on Thursday in Topeka at the Kansas Expocentre. Newton ends the year at 14-8.

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