Salina Sweeps Andover in Battle of Centrals
Mike Hammett - December 10, 2013 9:24 pm
Salina Central picked up a sweep over Andover Central in Tuesday night’s home opener for the Mustang basketball teams.
In what turned out to be a duel between Andover Central sophomore standout Darraja Parnell and Salina Central senior Treyton Hines, Parnell won the individual scoring battle, but Hines’ Mustangs got the win, 67-55.
The Mustangs used a 6-0 spurt in the first quarter to lead 12-5, but Andover Central closed the quarter on a 9-0 run, closing with a bucket by Parnell to lead 14-12 after one.
The second quarter was owned by Salina Central. The Mustangs opened on an 18-2 run, including 11 points in the first two minutes thanks to three three-point baskets by Hines. The Mustangs outscored Andover Central 22-8 in the quarter to lead 34-22 at halftime.
In the second half, the Mustangs pushed the lead to 17 wtih 3:42 to go in the third on a bucket by Jordan McNelly.
However, Andover Central would turn the game there. The Jaguars would go on a 19-6 run to close within four at 52-48 on free throws from Christian DeYoung with 5:31 to play.
The Jaguars then made it three at 54-51 when DeYoung knocked down a three-pointer.
However, Salina Central was able to answer. Hines hit his seventh and final three of the night to push the lead back to six, and Salina Central hit free throws down the stretch to pull back away for the win.
Parnell poured in 34 points to lead all scorers, while Hines led Salina Central with 30 points, a new career-high. McNelly tallied another double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
Salina Central is 1-1, while Andover Central drops to 1-1.
In the girls game, the Mustangs and Jaguars went back-and-forth early, with four lead changes in the first quarter. However, the Mustangs scored the final five points of the quarter on a three by Emily Wood and a lay-up by Brooke Peters to lead 11-7.
In the second quarter, Andover Central’s Skyler Snodgrass exited the game with an ankle injury and point guard Masen Stamp left with three personal fouls. The Mustangs took advantage, using an 8-0 run to build a 25-15 halftime lead.
In the second half, the Mustangs continued to work on the lead, and built it to 13 at 32-19 on a three by Shaelyn Martin and again at 37-24 on a basket by Martin. The Mustangs led 37-28 at the end of three.
In the fourth quarter, Andover Central started to make a push. The Jaguars would cut the Mustang lead to four at 41-37 on a three by Amanda Kakoulias. However, Salina Central would regain control, hitting some free throws down the stretch to hold on for the 50-41 win.
Martin led the Mustangs with 17 points. Andover Central was led by Becca Schulte’s 12 points and Katie Kretchmar had 11 points.
The Mustangs are 2-0 while the Jaguars are 1-1.