A pair of ranked Maize Eagles teams rolled into Salina Monday night and swept the South Cougars on senior night. It wasn’t easy at times, especially in the girl’s game.
The South girls (6-13) were ready to play, building a 14 point halftime lead over the 6th ranked team in Class 5A. Senior Camdyn Schreiber, in her final regular season home game , had 14 first half points points. Maize (17 – 3) held South to only 3 points in the 3rd quarter to get back in the game. The Eagles took their first lead of the game early in the 4th quarter. South did not fold, though, and hung tough. Senior Gretchen Cox hit a basket with 5 second left in the game to tie the score at 41. Maize then quickly drove the length of the floor. Junior Emily Laham was fouled as she drove to the basket as the clock expired. She was given the opportunity to shoot a pair of untimed free throws. She missed the first shot, but hit the second to let her team escape with a 42 – 41 win.
In the boys game South (8-11) hung tough in the first half but faded down the stretch. After quickly falling behind 8 – 0 the Cougars battled back. The game was tied at 19 at the end of the first quarter, and South trailed by just 6 at the half. But the Eagles (20 – 0) sealed the win in the third quarter, outscoring South 17 – 6. Maize then cruised to a 66 -43 win to finish the regular season a perfect 20 -0. In his final regular season game on his home court South senior Elex Banks led his team in scoring with 11 points.