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Central Splits With Hays, Boys Fall in OT

Mike Hammett - February 11, 2014 9:33 pm

On a night where two top teams were on the floor at Salina Central, both came away with wins. The Class 5A No. 1 Salina Central girls rolled to an 83-19 win over winless Hays, while the Class 5A No. 2 Hays boys rallied from a 13-point deficit to pick up a 51-50 overtime win over No. 9 Salina Central.

5A No. 2 Hays 51, 5A No. 9 Salina Central 50, overtime

In the boys game, Salina Central started slow. After an opening three by Treyton Hines, Hays went on a 10-0 run, with eight of the points from Lane Clark. Hays led 14-6 before Central closed the quarter on an 8-0 run, tying the game on a Hines three.

Hines remained hot to start the second quarter, burying two threes from NBA range to give Central a 20-16 lead. His second three in the quarter sparked a 10-0 run by Central to close the half. The Mustangs led 27-16 at halftime, holding Hays to just two points over the final 11-plus minutes of the half.

In the second half, Central pushed the lead to 13 at 31-18, but Hays started to rally. The Indians scored 13 of the next 16 points to draw within three at 34-31 with 1:25 left in the third quarter. Central closed the quarter strong, hitting threes by Hines and Brayden Neuschafer to lead 40-33 going to the fourth quarter.

In the fourth quarter, Central opened with a bucket from Rashun Allen to lead by nine at 42-33. However, Hays would slowly chip away as Salina Central tried to run clock. The Indians close regulation on an 11-2 run to tie the game at 44 with just under a minute left. Central had a chance in the final seconds, but had a shot blocked inside. Hays’ three by Lane Clark rattled off at the buzzer, and the game went to overtime.

In the extra frame, Hays took a quick lead on a runner by Jordan Windholz to go up 46-44. Central tied on free throws by Neuschafer, but Hays regained the lead again on a free throw by Windholz. Central would tie with Vance Johnson’s free throw, but Hays went in front again on a bucket by Brady Werth with 1:39 left. Central took its last lead at 50 seconds on a three by Max Kuhn. Hays answered again with a runner by Clark to lead 51-50. Central had a lay-up blocked and a three-point heave by Neuschafer at the buzzer bounced off.

Central was led by 15 points from Hines and McNelly, while Neuschafer added 11. Hays was led by Windholz’s 17 points.

Central drops to 8-5, Hays is 14-0.

5A No. 1 Salina Central girls 83, Hays 19

In the girls game, Central started slow, but soon poured it on against the hapless Indians. Leading 5-3 midway through the first quarter, Central quickly went on an 11-0 run, capped on a lay-up by Brooke Peters to lead 16-3.

Leading 17-5 to open the second quarter, Central scored the first 11 points and 16 of the first 18 to open up a 33-7 lead. Central led 36-11 at the half.

In the third quarter, Central outscored Hays 18-1 before piling on 29 more points in the fourth quarter.

Emily Wood, Peters and Shaelyn Martin all led Central with 16 points. Peters set a new career high in scoring. Bailey Driver added a season-high 10 points.

The Mustangs are 14-0, while Hays is 0-14.

Salina Central hosts Derby on Friday. Pregame coverage is at 5:50pm with tip-off at 6 on SportsRadio 1150 KSAL.