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Cougars Swept On the Road at Hutch

KSAL Staff - February 14, 2014 11:12 pm

It was a story-line that has played out all to often this year for the Salina South Lady Cougars. Guard well, play good defense, and give yourself a chance to win, but much like on Tuesday night vs Newton, the offense was stagnant, and a strong third quarter by Hutchinson was the difference with the Salthawks winning 32-22.

Both offenses struggled to get anything going in the first half. Hutchinson lead 5-4 after the first quarter and 10-6 at the halftime break.

As previously mentioned, the third quarter proved to be the difference. The Salthawks opened the second half on an 8-3 run and lead 24-11 after three quarters. South valiantly fought back in the fourth quarter outscoring Hutch 11-8, but ultimately fell short.

Teryn Holloway led the Cougars with 7 points. Jenna Higgins led all scorers with 10 points for the Salthawks. Salina South is now 3-12 overall, Hutchinson improves to 8-8.

The nightcap featured a tightly contested contest in which turnovers and free throws played a huge factor with Hutchinson outlasting South on the way to a 38-37 victory.

Hutch scored the first five points of the contest, and led 9-2 halfway through the period before South closed out quarter one on a 6-3 run to trail 12-8 after a quarter. The Salthawks would lead by as much as seven in the second quarter and held a five point advantage at the half 21-16.

The Salthawks extended their lead to as many as nine in quarter three, but a 5-0 run to close the period had south within two after three 29-27. Both teams would trade baskets back and forth before South took their first lead of the contest with :30 seconds left 35-33.

A Trent Webster perimeter shot gave the lead back to Hutch at 36-35. With under :15 seconds left South had an opportunity to retake the lead with a Justin Stonebreaker runner, but it rattled out, Trace Kochevar hauled in an offense rebound and was fouled putting him at the line with :05 seconds to go. Both free throws rimmed out, Ryan Stoecklein of Hutch hit two clutch free throws in the closing seconds giving them a 38-35 lead. A Justin Stonebreaker 2 point basket closed out the game, and Hutch escaped with a 38-37 win.

Trace Kochevar set a new career high in points with 15 for South. Jezel Parra led all scorers with 18. South falls to 7-8 with Hutch improving to 8-8. The Cougars will be the home team Tuesday at the Bicentennial Center when they take on rival Salina Central.