Cowgirls and Cowboys Fall in Opening Round of S.I.T.

The Abilene Cowgirls fell for the first time on the season in the opening round of the Salina Innovational Tournament, to the Andover Lady Trojans 53-45.  The Cowgirls entered the tournament as the #2 seed and fell to 8-1 with the loss, while Andover won their third straight game to improve to 3-7 on the season.

Andover led the entire game and led by as many as nine points in the opening quarter and took a 15-10 lead into the second quarter.  The Cowgirls would go on an 8-0 run in the second quarter, that was capped by a pair of Sydney Burton free throws to tie the game at 24-24 with 1:50 to play in the first half.  That would be as close as Abilene would get the rest of the night.  Andover would lead 25-24 at halftime and 53-45 going into the fourth quarter.

The Cowgirls were led by Seniors, Hannah Willey and Sydney Burton, who finished with 17 points a piece.

The top-seeded Abilene Cowboys fell for the third time in nine years as the higher seed at Salina South.  The Cougars pulled away in the second half for the 65-51 victory.  Abilene’s record dropped to 6-3 with the loss while South’s improved to 3-6 on the season.

South lead 12-10 at the end of the first quarter and 23-19 at halftime.  In the third quarter the Cowboys built a four point lead on a three-pointer by Senior, Damian Hartman to go up 32-28 with 4:07 to play in the quarter.  The Cougars would close the quarter on a 9-3 run to lead 37-35 and closed the game on a 37-19 after they trailed by four.

Abilene was led by Junior, Travis Beetch, who finished with a career-high 20 points.  The Cougars were led by Sophomore, A.J. Johnson, who totaled 16 points in the win.

The Cowgirls will play (6) Concordia Friday at 1:30.  The lady Panthers lost 64-31 to (3) Salina Central.  The Cowboys will face (5) Buhler.  The Crusaders lost 52-41 to (4) Andover.  Abilene’s games will be played at Salina South High School on Friday.