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South Splits With Hutch as Boys Rally for Win

Mike Hammett - January 17, 2014 9:40 pm

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Salina South and Hutchinson split a pair of AVCTL Division I games on Friday at Salina South, with the Salthawks winning the girls game 36-28, and South taking the boys game 63-58.

SALINA SOUTH BOYS 63, HUTCHINSON 58

In the early portion of the game, the teams traded leads until Hutch took over. The Salthawks got a three from Braydon Wells and a three-point play from Radley Arnold to take an 11-6 lead with 3:16 to go in the first. South would trail 13-9 after one.

In the second quarter, Hutch would push the lead to as much as 13 at 29-16 and 31-18 before the Cougars closed the half strong. South scored 10 of the final 13 points, including three three-pointers from Justin Stonebraker, hitting one at the buzzer. Hutch led 34-28 at the break.

Stonebraker’s three was the boost South needed. The Cougars kept chipping away in the third quarter, getting within three twice before finally breaking down the barrier on a free throw by Ryan Fox with :53 seconds to go in the quarter. South trailed Hutch 46-44 after three.

In the fourth, South tied the game at 46 on free throws by Stonebraker. After a Hutch bucket and a South free throw, the Cougars took their first lead since early in the first quarter on a basket by Zach Nachbar. The lead would change hands six more times before South went ahead for good on a basket by Shawn Smith wtih 1:41 remaining. Aaron Mar added a runner in the lane to make it a three point lead with 55 seconds left.

Hutch would add a bucket from Jezel Parra to trail by one, 59-58 with 41 seconds left, but South would seal the game at the line. Nachbar would hit two free throws to push the lead to three. Following a block by Mar, Stonebraker hit two more charities to secure the 63-58 win.

South was led by Stonebraker’s 19 points, while Nachbar added a career high 14. Braydon Wells had 17 points for Hutch.

South is 4-5 overall and 2-4 in AVCTL Division I, while Hutch drops to 3-6 and 2-4 in the league.

South hosts Sacred Heart on Tuesday in the first round of the SIT.

HUTCHINSON GIRLS 36, SALINA SOUTH 28

In the first quarter of the girls game, Hutch hit a pair of three-pointers from Shayla DeGarmo and Jenna Higgins to help push out to a 7-4 lead.

The Salthawks expanded the lead in the second quarter on another three by DeGarmo and basket by Logan Riggs to lead 12-4 with 5:14 to go in the half.

South closed the half strong, scoring eight of the final 10 points, including threes from Bre Hogan and Olivia Giroux to trail 14-12 at halftime.

In the third quarter, South would take the lead on a three by Emilee Holloway with 6:01 left, going up 17-16. South would lead for the remainder of the quarter, going up six at the end of the quarter on a basket by Taylor Thompson.

In the fourth quarter, both teams spent plenty of time at the free throw line. Hutchinson was just two-for-14 at the line in the first three quarters, but went 13-for-17 as a team in the fourth quarter. Hutch outscored the Cougars 17-3 in the final quarter, taking the lead for good on a three by Higgins and pulled away at the line for the 36-28 win.

South was led in scoring by Emilee Holloway’s eight points. Hutch was paced by DeGarmo’s 14 points.

South drops to 1-8 overall, 1-5 in AVCTL Division I. Hutch is 5-4, 3-3 in the league.

South hosts Concordia on Monday in the first round of the Salina Invitational Tournament.

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