Central Sweeps the S.I.T.
KSAL Sports - January 25, 2014 9:38 pm
Salina Central’s senior class knew what it was like to play in a S.I.T. title game. In the four years the girls have played in the Salina Invitational Tournament, the Mustangs had been in the championship round all four seasons. This year they picked up their second championship title with a 68-44 throttling of Andover.
In a rematch of the 2012 title game, Salina Central was quick out of the gate forcing nine first quarter Andover turnovers and outscoring the Trojans 22-7 after a period. The Mustangs would build their lead to 19 at 37-18 with 4:01 left in the half, but the Trojans rallied going on a 11-2 run to close the half with Central leading at intermission 39-29.
A 9-2 run to open the second half for Salina Central proved pivotal, and the Mustangs would extend their lead to 52-36 at the end of the third. Andover would never recover, as they were outscored 16-8 in the final frame and the Mustangs girls took the S.I.T championship by a final of 68-44.
Hailey Mayfield would lead the way for Central with a double-double scoring 15 and grabbing 10 rebounds. Shaelyn Martin would also add a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Brooke Peters scored 13 and Emily Wood 12. Jaylyn Agnew lead Andover with 12 points and Hayley Meisch with 10.
Martin was named the tournament MVP, while Wood, Peters, and Agnew were named all tournament selections. Hailey Mayfield was the tournament’s most inspirational player.
In the night cap, Salina Central met Salina South for the boys S.I.T. title, and like the girls used a dominating first half to take home the hardware with a 56-38 victory over the rival Cougars.
The Mustangs would hit their first 5 shots from the field and lead 17-6 after one quarter. A 10-4 run the opening three minutes of the second quarter pushed the lead to double digits, and Central lead at the half 34-16.
Down but not out, Salina South rallied. The Cougars stymied the Mustangs offense attack in the third quarter to get the game back within reach. South outscored Central in the frame 15-4, but trailed 38-31 after three. A 15-3 run by the Mustangs in the fourth quarter erased all doubt and Salina Central completed the sweep of the S.I.T with a 56-38 win.
Salina Central was lead by 19 points from Jordan McNelly. Treyton Hines added 11 as did Rashun Allen and Brayden Neuschafer had 10 points. Aaron Mar lead the Cougars with 11 points. Mar and teammate Zach Nachbar were named to the all tournament team for Salina South. Salina Central had three on the all tourney team with McNelly, Hines, and Neuschafer and McNelly was all the S.I.T. most valuable player.
The Mustangs will be in action again on Friday when they entertain Andover at the Central gym.