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Mustangs Split With Mavericks

KSAL Staff - December 17, 2013 9:56 pm

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In their final road test before the holiday break, Salina Central took to the court against Maize South, and ended up splitting the difference in the win column.

The Lady Mustangs established dominance from the onset of their game, and cruised to a 62-37 win.

Central would run their full court press for much of the first half on Maize South, and scored the first 12 points of the night. The Mustangs led after a quarter 18-4. In the second quarter, the Mustangs opened on a 10-4 run and take a 34-13 lead into the halftime lockerroom.

The first half deficit was far to much for Maize South to overcome. Salina Central would outscore them 17-9 in the third quarter and lead 51-22 at the end of three.  Maize South would outscore Central in the fourth 15-11, but the damage was already done, and the Mustangs would secure the 62-37 victory.

Emily Wood had a career night, finishing with 27 points on nine three pointers. Shaelyn Martin came up just shy of a double double with 9 points and 11 rebounds. Mariah Suchan led Maize South with 15 points.

In the nightcap, the Mustangs would battle with the undefeated Mavericks, but a poor night shooting led to their demise in a 52-46 defeat.

Maize South built an early 9-3 lead, but the Mustangs closed the final 3:53 on a 9-3 run and the two teams were tied at 12 at the end of the first. The second quarter was a battle, as neither team would lead by more than a possession up until the last shot of the half. A basket by Payton Ricks before the buzzer gave the mavericks a 26-22 halftime lead.

The second half saw Maize South attempt to pull away from Central. The Mavericks used an 8-0 run to create some seperation, and led 39-34 at the end of three. Central shot free throws strong the entire night, specifically in the fourth quarter, but on a night where shots from the field were tough to fall, Maize South would ice it with final free throws and get the win 52-46.

Treyton Hines had another stellar night going for 27 points in the loss. Maize South was led by Kade Kordonowy’s 13.

One final test remains for the Mustangs, as they will be the home team on Friday night inside the Bicentennial Center when they meet up with the cross-town rival South Cougars.

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