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Central Takes Two from Hutch

Mike Hammett - February 28, 2014 11:25 pm

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Salina Central picked up two wins on senior night, as the Central girls cruised to a 64-23 win over Hutchinson, while the boys held off Hutchinson 46-43.

Salina Central boys 46, Hutchinson 43

Salina Central built a big second half lead, but Hutchinson chipped away before coming up just short in a 46-43 Mustang win at Salina Central.

Defense ruled the first half. Central steadily built a 7-2 lead on Hutchinson in the first quarter, but the Salthawks scored four straight to get back within one. Central would push the lead back out to five at 11-6, but Max McQueen’s basket would pull Hutch back within three after one 11-8.

The second quarter was a slowed down, defensive affair, with both teams going scoreless for over four minutes. Central pushed the lead to four at halftime, 18-14.

Central opened the third quarter hot. Max Kuhn and Treyton Hines buried threes, pushing the lead to 10 at 24-14. Central would go up 15 on back-to-back threes by Hines and then Kuhn to lead 32-17 with 3:17 left in the third quarter.

Hutchinson started to make a charge, closing the quarter on a 9-0 run, hitting back-to-back threes from Jezel Parra and Trent Webster to pull within six after three, 32-26.

In the fourth quarter, Central would push the lead back to 10 three different times, the last coming at 43-33 with 3:18 remaining on free throws by Brayden Neuschafer. Hutchinson then used a 7-0 run to get back within three at 43-40, and then pulled within two with 1:53 left on a basket by Braydon Wells.

Central came away with no points on its possession, and Hutchinson had a chance to tie or take the lead. The Salthawks ran the clock down under 10 seconds, when Parra was fouled with seven seconds left. Parra hit one of two free throws, pulling within one at 44-43, but the rebound on the second free throw went out of bounds and stayed with Hutchinson. Kalen Hilst’s shot off the in-bounds was too strong, and Central secured the rebound and the win.

Hines had 18 points to lead Central, while Parra had 12 to lead Hutchinson.

Central is 11-9 on the season and finishes AVCTL Division I play at 7-5. Hutchinson is 10-10 and 5-7 in the league.

Salina Central will host a sub-state semifinal at 7pm on Wednesday against a to-be-determined opponent. Pregame coverage is at 6:50pm on SportsRadio 1150 KSAL.

Class 5A No. 1 Salina Central girls 64, Hutchinson 23

Salina Central showed no effects of Tuesday’s loss to Maize, starting strong. The Mustangs scored the game’s first 14 points and never looked back, claiming a share of the program’s first AVCTL Division I title and the top seed in next week’s sub-state with a 64-23 win.

Central added the next eight points of the quarter after three free throws by Hutch’s Jenna Higgins, and led 22-5 after one.

In the second quarter, Central wasn’t as strong, but Hutch was only able to get as close as 15 at 22-7. Central pushed the lead to as much as 22, and led 33-13 at halftime.

In the third quarter, Central continued to pour it on, leading by as much as 28. The quarter was capped by Hailey Mayfield’s first career three-pointer, as the Mustangs led 47-20.

Mayfield’s three sparked a 14-0 run by Central, as they led by as much as 43 down the stretch in a 64-23 win.

Central was paced by 20 points by Emily Wood. Mayfield added 16 points and Shaelyn Martin had 10. Hutchinson was led by McKinna Kraus’ 8 points.

Salina Central is 19-1, and finishes league play at 11-1. Hutchinson is 10-10 and 5-7 in the league.

Salina Central will host an opponent to be determined on Thursday night in the Class 5A sub-state semifinals. Pregame coverage will be at 6:50pm with tip-off at 7 from Central on SportsRadio 1150 KSAL.

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