Angie Hall wasn’t to be denied.
It seemed like every time Hall got the ball in down low, she would convert. It was that performance, as well as another balanced scoring effort from the supporting cast, that led the Cougars to their first win of the year–a 57-39 win.
Salina South started out the game feeling out the young Buhler squad. South was able to get the ball down low to Hall on occasion and that got the Cougars up 14-8 after one.
The second quarter is when Salina South girls’ team put it all together. Jaydn Zamecnik started hitting 3s, Hall and Gretchen Cox started blocking shots and Jacie Marcotte led the transition break; in a period where South would outscore Buhler 18-7 to take a commanding 32-15 lead at halftime.
South continued the dominance into the third and fourth stanzas as Buhler had no answers for the inside scoring of Hall. The Cougars were also able to continue their new-found transition offense at times on Friday, something coach Ryan Stuart has emphasized since this summer. The fast break offense also helped lead to easy looks all night for the Cougars.
South was led by Hall’s 20 point barrage. Zamecnik chipped in nine points.
Buhler (0-2) was led by Haley Miller with nine points.
Salina South (1-2, 0-1 AVCTL-I) remains at home next Tuesday as they host Hutchinson, before a rivalry showdown with Salina Central.
Buhler 59, SOUTH 42
Buhler had too much athleticism for the Salina South boys’ basketball team en route to a 59-42 win.
It also didn’t help as the Cougars couldn’t knock down shots all night, as several shots seemed to be halfway down the rim only to pop out in disappointment.
Buhler got out on top in a hurry. Led by their two quick guards in Dalton and Dylan Brown and their big guy inside, Grant Owens, the Crusaders had South off balance all night defensively.
Buhler led 17-7 at the end of the first quarter and 31-19 at halftime.
South would come out with more intensity at the start of the second half and got the margin down to eight at one point. Unfortunately for the Cougars, not enough shots would drop for their rally to be complete as Buhler was able to hold the Cougars at arm’s length all night.
South had no scorers in double-figures as the Cougars were led by Ty Garrett’s nine points.
Buhler (2-0) was led by both Dylan Brown and Owens with 17 points each.
Salina South (0-3, 0-1 AVCTL-I) hosts the Hutchinson Salthawks on Tuesday before the big showdown with Salina Central next Friday. Tuesday’s game times are set for 6/7:30 on Y93.7.