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Mustangs Gallop to Sweep Over Junction City

KSAL StaffDecember 5, 2017

The Salina Central Lady Mustangs had no problems disposing of the Junction City Bluejays Tuesday night at the Brickhouse, 66-38.

Junction City scored the first basket of the contest, but the Mustangs countered with a 14-2 run to pull away early. Salina Central led 16-6 at the end of the first quarter.

In the second session, Senior Elisa Backes was nearly unstoppable. The 6’0” forward put on a dazzling display of scoring, rebounding, and ball handling en route to a 17 point first half. The Mustangs led 32-16 at the break.

Junction City increased the tempo in the second half with a full court press. Central had their highest scoring period of the contest in the third, outscoring the Jays 20-12. With most of their points coming in the paint, the Mustangs took command entering the fourth with a 52-28 advantage.

Backes led all scorers with a career high 28 points. Sophomore Peyton Griffin had six points, and dished out nine assists.

Salina Central hits the floor again on Friday at Hutch. Pregame starts at 5:45pm on 1150 KSAL.


The Salina Central boys won an old fashioned slugfest 55-33, over Junction City Tuesday night.

After an 11-6 first quarter lead, the Mustangs held Junction City without a point for the first 6:30 of the second stanza. Salina Central ballooned their lead to 22-8 in the closing minutes of the first half, and led 25-9 at intermission.

Senior Ethan Speer did it all for the Mustangs. He finished with 16 points, a slew of rebounds, and took two charges for the night. With guard Harper Williams picking up his second foul early in the second quarter, the Mustangs got a huge lift from their bench. Sixth man David Grammer finished with seven points.

Junction City played even with Central in the third quarter, with the Mustangs leading 41-25 after three. In the fourth frame, the Mustangs controlled the tempo and held off an athletic Bluejays club, outscoring them 14-8 in the final eight minutes.

Salina Central travels to Hutch Friday for a 7:30pm tipoff on 1150 KSAL.

By James Westling

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