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South Girls Upend Concordia for Second Win

Mike Hammett - January 20, 2014 9:55 pm

Salina South matched a season high with five three-pointers, as the seventh-seeded Cougar girls upended second-seed Concordia 46-33 in the first round of the 2014 Salina Invitational Tournament at Salina South.

In the first half, Concordia took the early lead, as Tristen Leiszler connected on an early three-pointer. South answered with five straight, including a three by Olivia Giroux and free throws by Jordyn Kirby to lead 5-3. South led 7-5 before Megan James’ shot tied the game at 7 after a quarter.

In the second quarter, Concordia went back on top, 9-7, on another bucket by James. South then answered with a 9-0 run, started with back-to-back buckets by Olivia Mitchell, and finished off with a three by Emilee Holloway to lead 16-9 with 3:43 to go in the half.

South led by seven again at 18-11 on a basket by Olivia Giroux, but Leiszler scored the final five points of the half to pull Concordia within two at the half, 18-16.

In the third, South would slowly expand the lead. Bre Hogan hit a three to open the half, pushing the lead to 21-16. Teryn Holloway added another three later in the quarter, and South led 28-22 after three.

South continued to pull away in the fourth quarter, with a three by Giroux pushing the lead to nine, and Mitchell’s basket putting the Cougars up 10, 35-25, with 5:25 left. Concordia started fouling South with under 3:30 to play, extending the game. However, South connected on most of its free throws down the stretch, while Concordia went cold from the floor, allowing South to pull away for the 46-33 win.

Teryn Holloway led South with 11 points, while Giroux added a career-high 10. Olivia Mitchell had a career-high eight points as well. Leiszler led Concordia with 12 points, all in the first half. James added 10.

Salina South is 2-8 on the season and will face Andover at 8:15pm on Wednesday at the Bicentennial Center in the championship semifinals. Broadcast coverage will be on SportsRadio 1150 KSAL. Concordia drops to 6-4 and will play Sacred Heart at 4:45pm on Wednesday at the Bicentennial Center in the consolation semifinals.