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South Splits With Newton

KSAL Staff - February 11, 2014 10:16 pm

Coming off their lowest scoring game of the season against Valley Center last Friday, the Salina South girls basketball team looked to rebound at home tonight versus AVCTL I rival Newton, but once again the offense struggled on its way to a 45-24 defeat.

Salina South hung around the ninth ranked 5A Railers for much of the first half. A back and forth first quarter had Newton leading after a period 9-6. The second quarter wouldn’t see it’s first points until a Emilee Halloway free throw fell with 4:20 left in the first half. The Cougars would take their first lead of the game at 10-9 with 3:20 left to go in the half, but a 7-0 run to close by Newton had the Railers leading at intermission 16-10.

That run would carry over to begin the second half, as the Railers started the third quarter on a 7-2 run to push their lead to double digits. They led after three 30-18. Newton ran away with the game in the final frame outscoring South 15-4 and the Cougars fell at home 45-24.

Olivia Giroux led the Cougars with 6 points. Newton’s Taylor Stahly led all scorers with 12. South is now 3-11 overall with Newton improving to 10-4.

The boys game featured a number of lead changes, a number of momentum shifts, and clutch defense down the stretch with the Cougars nabbing a 56-52 win.

Salina South opened the first quarter with a head of steam, going on a 8-2 run over the course of four minutes, and led after the first quarter 16-11. Newton would grab momentum in the second quarter with the Cougars offense cold from the floor. The Railers used a 14-5 run over nearly seven minutes and got a huge three point basket by Jack Kingsley before the break. Newton led at half 27-23.

In the third quarter momentum shifted back over to Salina South. The Cougars man press forced turnovers, and the score was deadlocked at 37 after three. South took the lead 41-39 with 6:08 left to go in the game and did not look back. Leading 54:52 with :25 seconds left, Newton had an opportunity to retake the lead, but turned the ball over. Justin Stonebreaker would miss two free throws, but huge offense rebounds by Shawn Smith kept the possession alive. Stonebreaker ended back at the foul line where he converted his shots, and South picked up a huge 56-52 win.

The Cougars were led by a balanced attack offensively with Justin Stonebreaker leading the way with 21 points, Shawn Smith set a new career high with 14 points and Zach Nachbar had 13 points. Newton was led by 12 points from Gunar Drinner. South improves to 7-7 overall with Newton dropping to 7-7.

Salina South will next be in action on Friday when they travel to Hutchinson to take on the Salthawks.