Salina South’s defense kept the Lady Cougars into the game.
But that wasn’t enough as Maize shut down the Cougar offense and plugged up second chance in a 32-20 win at Salina South High School.
Maize came out hot from deep, scoring all 12 points from behind the arc. South extended its perimeter defense, forcing five turnovers to only trail 12-5 after one quarter of play.
Salina South trimmed the margin to four early in the second frame before back-to-back jumpers by Maize freshman Skyler Gill. Junior Alexis Cauthon capped off the opening half with a three-point play with a tenth of a second left, putting the Eagles ahead 19-9.
The Lady Eagles toyed with a 20-point cushion when Maize increased the score to 27-9. South climbed back into the contest with a 9-0 spurt, but couldn’t get any closer.
The Cougars pulled down 15 offensive rebounds, but were frustrated with Maize’s front line that recorded numerous blocks. Senior Angie Hall paced South with seven points.
South (0-2, 0-1 AVCTL-I) stays at home Friday for a tilt against Buhler. Pregame at 5:45 pm on Y93.7 and ksal.com
MAIZE 62, SALINA SOUTH 48
The Eagles pounded away at the offensive glass, racking up 15 boards in a 14-point pounding of the Cougars.
The margin was close after one quarter with Maize up 15-12.
Maize slowly, but surely increased its advantage to 30-22 at the break. The Eagles threatened to go up by 20 when they lead 52-33 in the fourth quarter, but a 7-0 spurt trimmed the deficit to 12. The Cougars brought it down to nine, 57-48, but the hole was just too big to climb out of.
Senior Joey Wilson led all scorers with 18 points. Maize junior Caleb Grill put up 17 points for the Eagles.
Salina South (0-2, 0-1) gets Buhler on Friday.