The Lady Cougars finished last years SIT in fourth place, and do so again this season falling in the third place consolation game to the Lady Trojans of Andover 55-43.
An 8-0 run by the Lady Trojans halfway through the first quarter put the Lady Cougars in an early hole in which they were never able to dig out of. Andover led at the end of the first 16-9. The second quarter was the highest scoring period for both teams, with the Lady Trojans able to extend their lead at the halftime break 34-22.
South came roaring back in the third quarter via a 9-2 run, getting them back with five at 36-31 with 3:43 to go, but the momentum quickly shifted back to Andover, as the Lady Trojans closed the period on a 5-0 run of their own to lead at the end of three 41-33 and they would never look back, finishing off the Cougars by a 55-43 final.
Mallory Woolston came off the bench to lead all scorers with 19 points for Andover. Gretchen Cox finished with a double double for Salina South with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Salina South falls to 3-8 overall on the season.
The boys consolation game was a much better result for the Cougar faithful, as their team used a strong second half effort to finish in third place in this years SIT defeating Wichita South 63-54.
A back and forth first quarter had the Titans ahead at its conclusion 12-10. The second quarter featured much of the same, as neither team held more than a two possession lead in the first half. The Cougars would lead at halftime 26-25.
Halfway through the third quarter things heated up for Salina South. The Cougars would use an 11-0 run to end the frame on top 45-36. The Titans would chip away at the Cougar lead, getting back as close as four at 58-54 with under a minute remaining. Josh Jordan hit four clutch free throws down the stretch however, with Salina South securing the win.
Devon Junghans had 15 in the winning effort for the Cougars. Elex Banks and Colin Schreiber also had 12 a piece. Karon Sears of Wichita South led all scorers with 21.
The Cougars improve to 4-7 overall. Both South teams will be back in action on Tuesday, as they host Derby in division play.