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Mustangs Sweep Cougars

Mike Hammett - February 18, 2014 9:37 pm

The Salina Central Mustangs picked up their second sweep of the season over Salina South, winning the girls game 59-26 and the boys contest 51-47.

Salina Central boys 51, Salina South 47

Central came out red-hot against South. The Mustangs scored nine of the first 10 points, capped on a lay-up by Treyton Hines, to lead 9-1. Central would push the lead to 13 at 18-5 with 12 seconds left in the quarter on another bucket by Hines. Justin Stonebraker drilled a deep three at the buzzer to pull South back within 10 at 18-8.

In the second frame, South would get as close as seven at 21-14, but Central answered with a three by Hines to go up 24-14. Max Kuhn added a three to push the lead out to 11 at 27-16. South cut the deficit to seven again at 27-20, but back-to-back baskets by Jordan McNelly helped stake Central to a 31-22 lead at the break.

In the second half, Salina South slowly chipped away. Central would build the lead back to 10 at 34-24 and 35-25. South went on a 6-0 run, capped on two buckets by Zach Nachbar, pulling within four at 35-31. Central would answer, getting the lead to seven before South picked up another Nachbar bucket to trail 38-33 after three.

In the fourth quarter, Central led by eight early on a three-point play by Hines at 41-33. Down 45-39, South went on a 6-0 run over 41 seconds, getting back-to-back buckets from Nachbar and a basket by Fox tied the game at 45 with 2:08 left. Central answered with free throws by Rashun Allen, and a steal by McNelly led to a lay-up by Hines to put Central up 49-45 with 1:16 left. South got back within two on a bucket by Trace Kochevar with 33 seconds left, but Central answered with free throws by Hines and sealed the win with rebounds.

Central was led in scoring by McNelly with 17 points, while Hines had 16. South was led by Nachbar’s 13 points while Stonebraker chipped in with 11.

Central is 9-7 overall and 5-4 in AVCTL Division I and South is 7-9 and 3-6 in the league.

Class 5A No. 1 Salina Central girls 59, Salina South 26

In the girls game, it would take Salina Central a little while to pull away. Central got the opening points on a three by Emily Wood, but South tied on a three by Emilee Holloway. Central would pull out to a five point lead at 11-6, but South would respond and score the next four points, getting a basket from Teryn Holloway and free throws from Bre Hogan to pull within one at 11-10 after one.

Central opened the second quarter strong, scoring the first eight points and 13 of the first 15 to build a 12-point lead at 24-12. Central led 28-16 at halftime.

In the third quarter, Central dominated, outscoring the Cougars 15-2, includingi the final 13 points of the quarter to lead 43-18. Central continued to push the lead in the final frame, cruising to the 59-26 win.

Central was led in scoring by 16 points from Shaelyn Martin and 15 points from Emily Wood. South was led by Emilee Holloway’s 11 points.

Central is 16-0 overall and 9-0 in AVCTL Division I, while South drops to 3-13 overall and 1-8 in AVCTL Division I.

Salina Central hosts Andover on Thursday with pregame coverage at 5:50 with tip-off at 6 on SportsRadio 1150 KSAL and online at ksal.com.

Salina South hosts Maize on Friday with pregame coverage at 5:50 with tip-off at 6 on Y93.7 and online at y937.com.