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Maize Sweeps Central, Ends Mustangs’ Unbeaten Run

Mike Hammett - February 25, 2014 9:42 pm

Maize takes two games on their senior night, as a pair of ranked Eagle teams sweep Salina Central. The Maize girls ended Central’s unbeaten run 51-49 in overtime, while the Maize boys won 47-41 .

Class 6A No. 5 Maize 51, Class 5A No. 1 Salina Central 49, OT

The Salina Central girls suffered their first loss, but had a chance in regulation for the win. After Shaelyn Martin tied the game with 24 seconds left in regulation, Maize  fired up a shot, but Martin pulled in the rebound and heaved the outlet pass ahead. Maize’s Katie McClure picked off the pass at mid-court, but her momentum carried her into the backcourt for a violation. Central had the ball with 2.7 seconds left, but Emily Wood’s three at the buzzer was knocked down, sending the game to overtime.

In the extra frame, Central led early on a three point play by Emily Wood, but Maize would tie it up later on free throws by Keiryn Swenson and go ahead on a free throw by Jacey Handy with 59 seconds left. Wood tied the game by hitting one of two free throws with 29 seconds left, giving Maize a chance for the win. On the final play, Brianna Johnson turned the corner at the top of the key, and threw up a runner from the elbow at the buzzer, falling through for the win.

Early, Central trailed 6-2, but Wood hit back-to-back threes to put Central up 8-6 after one.

Central pushed the lead to seven at 13-6 before Maize rallied. The Eagles tied the game at 16 on a bucket by Swenson, and the game was tied at halftime at 20.

Central had a fast start to the second half, hitting back-to-back threes from Wood and Brooke Peters to lead 26-20. Central pushed the lead to its largest at eight at 31-23 with 1:31 to go in the quarter, but Maize would rally.

The Eagles closed the quarter on a 5-0 spurt to trail 31-28 after three, and slowly chipped away in the fourth quarter. Maize didn’t tie the game until Swenson hit free throws to tie the game at 42 with 40 seconds left, and free throws by Katie McClure gave Maize a 42-40 lead, leading to the final portion of regulation.

Central was led by Emily Wood’s 18 points, while Shaelyn Martin tallied 16. Maize was paced by Keiryn Swenson’s 20 points, while Daley Handy had 13 points.

Salina Central drops to 18-1 overall and 10-1 in AVCTL Division I, while Maize is 15-4 overall and 10-1 in the league.

Class 6A No. 10 Maize boys 47, Salina Central 41

Salina Central seemed to fight uphill most of the night, as Maize held on for a 47-41 win.

It was tight early, as Maize built a four-point lead at 11-7, but Central would get the final basket of the first quarter to get within two at 11-9. It was the start of a 7-0 run by Central to go in front 14-11 on a three by Treyton Hines with 7:19 to go in the first half.

Central would lead 16-13 with 6:21 to go in the half on a bucket by Tanner Robl, but would go scoreless for nearly the next five minutes. However, Central only gave up five points during the stretch, falling behind on a put-back by Jacob Horsch with 2:43 to go in the half. Central tied the game at the half on free throws by Jordan McNelly with 1:24 left, and took the game to the half tied at 18.

In the third quarter, Maize came out on fire, hitting its first five shots on the floor to build a 30-23 lead. Central picked up the final basket of the quarter on a three by Treyton Hines, and trailed 30-26 going to the fourth quarter.

In the final frame, Central completed its comeback, tying the game at 31 on a three by Brayden Neuschafer. However, Maize answered with an 8-0 run to go back up 39-31, and Central got no closer than four the rest of the way.

Treyton Hines finished with 14 points to lead Central, while Jordan McNelly had 12. Maize was led by Aaron Shaw’s 17 points.

Maize improves to 16-3 overall and 10-1 in AVCTL Division I. Central drops to 10-9 overall and 6-5 in the league.

Central hosts Hutchinson on Friday for Senior Night. Pregame coverage starts at 5:50pm with tip-off at 6 on SportsRadio 1150 KSAL and online at ksal.com.