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Cougars split with Crusaders

KSAL Staff - December 13, 2013 10:04 pm

Salina South began the home portion of their schedule Friday night with the Buhler Crusaders, and end up splitting the difference in the win column.

In girls action the Cougars hung tough with the Crusaders for one half, but ran out of gas in the end, losing to Buhler 63-44.

Both teams were gridlocked at four halfway through the first quarter, but Buhler would use a 9-4 run to close out the period, leading 13-8 after one. The second quarter saw back and forth action between the two young squads, Buhler would outscore South 15-10 in the second, and lead 28-18 at the halftime.

In the third, both offenses sprung to life, and South got back as close as six at 30-24 with 5:46 left in the quarter, but a 19-9 run to close the period gave Buhler a 49-33 lead at the end of three. The Crusaders would continue to push their weight around in the fourth, and secured a 63-44 victory over Salina South.

The Cougars were led by a strong performance from Teryn Halloway as she led all South scorers with 15. Her older sister Emilee had 13. Buhler was led to victory by their sophomore point guard Jessica Steffen, as she led all scorers with 26. The lady Cougars are now 0-2 on the season

In the boys game, the first quarter ended up being the difference, with South prevailing over Buhler by a final of 48-41.

The Crusaders held the early lead 7-4 with 4:45 left in the quarter, but a 6-1 run to close the period gave South a 11-5 lead after one. Both teams found life offensively in the second quarter, and battled one another back and forth aggressively. A big basket by Justin Stonebreaker before halftime gave the Cougars a 24-19 advantage.

In the second half, an 8-0 run by South, all eight coming from Justin Stonebreaker, gave the Cougars a 35-26 lead, and they would lead at the end of three 35-29. South started the fourth quarter on a 6-0 run, and didn’t look back, defeating Buhler by a final of 48-41.

Justin Stonebreaker had another strong performance leading all scorers with 23 points. Buhler was lead by 13 points from Quentin Henricks.

The Cougars improve to 1-1 on the year. Salina South travels to Newton on Tuesday, before wrapping up play before the holidays against the in town rival Salina Central Mustangs.