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Central Girls Stay Undefeated, Boys Fall in Tough Battle

KSAL Staff - February 20, 2014 9:34 pm

In a rematch of the S.I.T title game from one month ago, Salina Central took to the floor against the Andover Trojans and kept their undefeated streak in tact with a 58-40 victory.

Much like their game Tuesday night with Salina South, the Mustangs were battle tested by the Trojans. Gridlocked at 9 with 3:43 left in the first quarter Salina Central would start to pull away. The Mustangs used a 10-5 run to end the period leading 19-14.  That run would carry over into the second quarter, with Central going on a 8-2 run the opening three minutes. At intermission the Mustangs led 32-21.

Andover would get back within six points with 3:07 left in the third quarter, but a 10-2 run to close out the frame had Central leading by double digits again 42-28 after three quarters. The Trojans would get no closer, and the Mustangs once again proved why they are the number one team in class 5A with a 58-40 win.

Salina Central was led by Emily Wood’s 16 points. Shaelyn Martin chipped in 12 points. Jaylyn Agnew led Andover with 11 points. The Mustangs are now 17-0 overall, Andover drops to 12-5.

In the boys game, it was also a S.I.T rematch, but this time Andover was left standing victorious with a hard fought 50-44 win.

The Trojans built an early 11-3 lead, but with 3:37 left in the first quarter Central’s offense sprung to life via a 9-2 run. At the end of one Andover led 13-12. In the second quarter Andover once again used an early 6-0 run to extend their lead, but at the 5:00 mark Treyton Hines hit a big three to get Central back within a possession. The Trojans would lead at intermission 22-19.

Andover would start to distance themselves from Salina Central in the third quarter with Central cold from the floor. At the end of three the Trojans led by double digits 36-26. The Mustangs would once again fight back, getting within three points with a little over a minute left to go in the game thanks to a technical foul by Austin Brown. Central had an opportunity to tie the game late with missed free throws from Bryant Klusener, but Treyton Hines could not connect on a perimeter shot and Andover iced them at the foul line at the end of the game winning by six 50-44.

Hines had a stellar night for Central leading all scorers with 20 points. Jordan McNelly added 12 points. Adam DeKoning played a big part in the Trojans win with 18 points and 15 rebounds. Salina Central drops to 9-8 overall on the season with Andover improving to 11-6.

The Mustangs will be back in action tomorrow night at home when they face AVCTL I rival Haysville Campus.