It was homecoming, Friday night at J. O. Jones Gymnasium. And in front of a packed house, the Kansas boys let a good 1st half go by the wayside to fall by double digits to Salina, while the Lady Comets ran amuck on the Lady Wildcats.
In deference to the pre-game homecoming festivities, the boysí game was contested first. And thanks to 4 early turnovers, Kansas fell to a 6-0 deficit. Salina sophomores Dillon Manchell and Ty Thompson put in 4 each for the bulk of the Wildcatís first quarter dozen. A late surge by 4 separate Comets brought the home team within 4. Trailing 12-8 to start the 2nd period, the Kansas offense took much better care of the ball and beat their opposition on the boards, 10-5 as well. Kansasís Dylan Duncan and Wade Lewis accounted for 4 each of their teamís 13 points. The Salina offense could only come up with a single deuce and a single trey from the floor. But with 6 of 9 free throws the íCatsí scored 11 to take a slender 23-21 edge into the break.
In the 3rd, Kansas buried 6 of 12 field goal tries but turned the ball over 5 more times, 4 of which were converted into Wildcat points. Manchell put in 6 of his game high 25 points to go with 4 from Trevor Montgomery as Salina scored 19. The Cometís team high scorer Ethan Fausett scored 6 of his teamís 14 points, to keep things within reason, 42-35. But any thoughts of a Comet comeback were quickly dashed in the 4th. Manchell exploded for 3 baskets and 6 free throws to go with 7 more from Montgomery to key Salinaís biggest offensive quarter. And it proved too much for Kansas who could only muster a dozen, falling 62-47.
In the girlsí game, the Lady Comets ignited offensively. Shooting 8 of 19 field goals and 2 of 3 three pointers, Kansasís Kelsey Barnwell and Kortni Kendrick with 11 and 9 points respectively led their teamís 28 point outbreak. And while the Comet offense was busy scoring, their defense was busy setting things up, by forcing a dozen Salina turnovers. Beating their opposition on the boards 13-7, the hometown ladies held the Lady Wildcats to just 9 points in the opening frame. In the 2nd stanza, the Lady Comets continued on an offensive tear. After suffering through a 13-4 scoring run to start the 2nd quarter, Salina was forced to call a timeout with 4-Ĺ to play in the half. And with 9 points from Courtney Baker, 9 more from Barnwell and 8 more from Kendrick, the Lady Comets hung another 30 on the scoreboard while limiting their guests to only 7.
Leading 58-16 to start the 2nd half, the Kansas starters saw only a modicum of playing time before giving way to their bench. And the Comet reserves outscored Salina 10-9 in the 3rd, extending their lead to 43. In the final frame Lady Wildcat, Reese Cowan put in 8 of her team high 15 points, to close out the affair for the 80-41 final score.