The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 27, 1996 · Page 19
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Sports SCOREBAORD / C2 PREP BASKETBALL / C4 CLASSIFIED / C5 c T KANSAS STATE BASKETBALL Missouri may have t'p try to snap two-game skid without leading scorer Thames By The Journal Staff COLUMBIA, Mo. — Check the pockets of the Kansas State Wildcats these days. You may find a four-leaf clover or two. The Wildcats, who caught Oklahoma State short-handed last week in Manhattan, may see it happen again this afternoon against Missouri. Kelly Thames, Missouri's leading scorer and rebounder, is doubtful for today's 3 p.m. game in the Hearnes Center because of swelling in his right knee. As one of two Tigers to start every game face hungry Tigers today this season, Thames is averaging 14.5 points and 6.5 rebounds a game after missing all of last season following surgery to repair a torn ligament in the knee. If Thames,can't go — Oklahoma State's starting point-guard Andre Owens was left at home for last Wednesday's K-State game after missing a class — the Tigers are expected to replace him with either junior Corey Tate or sophomore Kendrick Moore. With or without Thames, K-State Will face a group of angry Tigers today. Missouri (2-2, 12-6) was expected to challenge Kansas for the Big Eight title this season, Kansas State at Missouri (12-6) MISSOURI (6-10, Jr., 9.6) Grimm (6-4, Sr., 7.4) Wlnfleld (6-11,Fr.,3.1)Hardge (6-4, Jr., 7.2) Tale (8-1, Jr., 14.1) Sutherland ASBURY STARTING LINEUPS KANSAS STATE (13-4> POS. T.Davis (6-8, Sr., 14.1) F Young (6-6, So., 8.9) F Eaker(6-11,Jr., 7.3) C May (6-4, Fr.,7.1) Q Hatcher (6-1, Sr., 15.3) Q Tlpoff - 3 p.m. Where- Heames Center (13,300); Columbia. Television - KSNW (3), WIBW (5), WDAF (7). Radio - KSAL (1150-AM), WIBW (580-AM). Season Series - Kansas State leads, 102-99. Coaches - KSU's Tom Asbury (2nd year, 25-19); Missouri's Norm Stewart (29th year, 575-283). but has already lost two Big Eight games (both on the road) and, after today's game, has its next two conference games on the road. Kansas State, along with Iowa State, continues to be one of the surprise teams in the Big Eight. Wednesday's 62-59 victory over Oklahoma State improved the Wildcats to 4-1 and 13-4. Despite "Missouri losing its last two games and possibly being without Thames, it figures to be a rugged game for K-State, which is gunning for just the school's second NCAA Tournament berth in six seasons. "This team feels better about itself, but we have to guard against this team thinking they are better than they actually are," K-State coach Tom Asbury said. "These guys aren't ready for this. There isn't one guy on this team that has played in the NCAA tourney. We're not that good, yet." But they're getting there. K-State has already posted two wins on the road in the Big Eight and is alone in second place in T SUPER BOWL XXX Spotlight turns on Tagliabue NFL commissioner addresses Cleveland's move to Baltimore T SOUTHEAST OF SALINE INVITATIONAL By BARRY WILNER flie Associated Press TAGLIABUE TEMPE, Ariz. — The NFL, want : ing to be everything to everybody, will not abandon its loyal fans in Cleveland. Or forget Baltimore. Or ignore Tampa Bay. Commissioner Paul Tagliabue made it clear Friday in his state of the NFL address that the league is torn between the two cities battling over the Browns. And it doesn't consider a move by the Buccaneers to one of those communities as a solution. "Our goals will be to have teams not just in Cleveland, but in Baltimore as well," Tagliabue said. The teams in Tempe, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys, finished practicing for Sunday's Super Bowl. Cowboys coach Barry Switzer decided to start defensive end Charles Haley. "But how many plays he'll play, we don't know," Switzer said of Haley, who had back surgery in December and was set back by a viral infection earlier this week. The Cowboys deactivated wide receiver Edward Hervey, linebacker Darryl Hardy and guard Michael Batiste. Pittsburgh deactivated fullback Steve Avery, defensive tackle Oliver Gibson, linebacker Eric Ravotti and cornerback Alvoid Mays, who started in the 1992 Super Bowl for Washington. Steelers star linebacker Greg Lloyd missed two plays in practice when he was kicked in the shin and toe. He tossed his helmet to the ground when it happened. "His helmet took a bigger beating than his shin or toe," coach Bill Cowher said. Meanwhile, the spotlight was on Tagliabue. The main topic, not surprisingly, was Art Modell's plan to move the Browns to. Baltimore after 50 years representing Cleveland. League owners are to vote on the move next month and heated debate is expected. "I think we recognize tradition and recognize loyalty probably to a degree that has no parallel in sports. But we also have to enable our teams to go forward in facilities that can keep the tradition going in the right way." Asked if the Bucs could wind up in either Cleveland or Baltimore, with the Browns in the other city, Tagliabue said: "I have never seen it as a solution. I have not discussed it with anyone as a solution. We are trying to keep teams where they are, not to encourage team moves. "We share in the emotions of our fans, such as those in Cleveland. We understand what they feel and we are not going to abandon them. We want teams to stay where they are and we want them to do it in suitable facilities." Tagliabue emphasized that the league is working with several communities, including Cleveland, of course, to get those suitable facilities. The Browns played in dilapidated Cleveland Stadium, while the Indians and Cavaliers got new homes in the last two years. DAVIS TURNER/The Salioa Journal Salina South's Sara Mitchell (front) tries to keep the ball away from Southeast of Saline's Megan Troutfetter during the third-place game. the conference. "I'm not sure I knew where this team would be, but I would've hoped we'd be competitive in the Big Eight," Asbury said. "I'm still worried about this team." Senior forward Tyrone Davis is making sure his teammates remain focused on the task at hand and not look down the road. "We're confident right now, but we're not going to get too confident," Davis said. "I can't explain how I feel right now. This is my senior year, we had high hopes and we're just real happy where we're at." Davis (14.1 ppg.) and fellow senior Elliot Hatcher (15.3 ppg.) continue to lead the Wildcats in scoring. With Thames possibly sidelined, the scoring load for Missouri falls on the shoulder of 6-1 junior Jason Sutherland, who averages 14.1 points. Jays whip Abilene for crown Defensive switch fails for Cowgirls as JC rolls to 63-41 triumph By LARRY MORITZ The Salina Journal GYPSUM — Brooks Barta admitted he broke one of the cardinal rules of coaching when he decided to go away from what his Abilene girls basketball team does best. A defensive switch to start the game proved costly for Abilene on Friday night in the championship game of the Southeast of Saline Invitational. Junction City came out smoking, bolting to an 18-2 lead in the first quarter and never looking back in a 63-41 victory at the Southeast gym. The Blue Jays (103) captured their second consecutive Southeast title, while Abilene (10-3) INVITATIONAL lost for the third time this season to an 1-70 League opponent. Junction City's two Division I prospects — Sara Jackson and Carla Littleton — combined for 42 points in the title game, but it was Dalela Ivory and Adrienne Wiley who hurt the Cowgirls early with some easy buckets. See SOUTHEAST, Page C4 Salina South turns back Southeast for third Both teams find good things to build on for rest of season as South claims 46-33 win By LARRY MORITZ The Salina Journal GYPSUM — The third-place game of the Southeast of Saline Invitational was one of those games where the coaches of both the winning and losing teams could go home satisfied with their team's effort. Salina South led from start to finish but couldn't completely put away Southeast of Saline until the final minutes of a 46-33 victory Friday night at the Southeast gym. The Cougars (9-4) were particularly sharp to start both the first and third quarters, while Southeast (6-7) hustled its way back .into the game late to keep things interesting. "We've had a tough game three nights in a row and that's what we like about this tournament," South coach Bruce Erickson said. "You play this kind of competition on three consecutive nights and that gets us T HIGH SCHOOL TOURNAMENTS ready for sub-state. "But after a tough loss last night (to Junction City) some of the girls were tired and that's when the mistakes were made. It's tough to convince the young kids that every game is going to be a battle, but they hit some shots early and that made things easy." "We started off slow and the shots weren't falling," Southeast coach Wayne Sager said. "But my girls never gave up and I'm proud of their intensity. "We played good competition in this tournament and we're a better team for it." South jumped to an 11-2 lead in the opening minutes and that margin grew to as many as 14 points in the second quarter before a pair of Vicki Florine 3-pointers just before halftime cut the margin to nine (2415) at the break. "We really talked before the game about trying to get the ball set and trying to execute on offense," Erickson said. "I thought Leah Wahlgren and Amanda Reed did a great job in getting the kids set and executing. "But I was pretty upset with the last minute of the second quarter when we were playing a little helter-skelter. That's not what you want when you're up by 14." The Cougars hit the first four shots of the third quarter — two each by Wahlgren and Alyssa Shriver — to go up 32-15. That margin was still at 16 points when Southeast put together a 10-1 run in the fourth to get close. A Florine 3-pointer and Angie Riffel's three-point play made it 40-33 at the 2:30 mark. South did not attempt another field goal the rest of the way, making 6 of 9 free throws while shutting out the Trojans in those closing minutes. While Shriver hurt the Trojans with a triple-double — 18 points, 12 rebounds, 11 blocked shots — Erickson pointed to the defensive play of sophomore Jessica Watson on Southeast's leading scorer Beckie Gorrell. "Watson just really had a great game keeping Gorrell down to only one point," Erickson said. "It seems like when Gorrell goes, Southeast goes, so my hat's off to Watson." Riffel and Florine led Southeast with 15 and 11 points, respectively, and both were named to the 10-member all-tournament team. Shriver and Wahlgren received the same honors, with Wahlgren finishing with 10 points against the Trojans. • CONCORDIA 41, ELLSWORTH 36 — Two evenly matched teams squared off in the fifth-place contest, where Concordia dominated in only one category - free throws. The Panthers hit 21 of 30 attempts from the charity line, outscoring Ellsworth by 19 points at the stripe. Ten of Concordia's final 12 points came from the free throw line, but it was sophomore Jenny Horkman's 14-footer in the lane that gave the Panthers the lead for good, 3534 with 1:42 remaining. Horkman made 10 free throws in the game, including four in the final minute to help seal the win. Ellsworth's Mandy Johnson had 14 points and six rebounds to lead her team in both categories. Horkman scored 14 points, Amber Jackson added eight and Crystal Applebee grabbed 11 rebounds for Concordia. Knights, Mustangs to play for tourney titles Sacred Heart faces Douglass; Central takes on Newton tonight By The Journal Staff Two Salina girls basketball teams will play for midseason tournament titles tonight, with unbeaten Sacred Heart in the finals of the Berean Academy Invitational and Salina Central gunning for the Newton Invitational championship. Sacred Heart, off to the best start in the program's history, improved to 12-0 with a 41-39 semifinal win over Peabody on Thursday night, and will face second-seeded Dou-' glass (8-3) in today's 8 p.m. contest at Elbing. "We keep finding ways to win barnstorm games," Sacred Heart coach Barry Fritz said. "What's nice is we're starting to win ball games with everybody involved and different people stepping up. "At the start of the year it was Chrissy Blagg and Michelle Ash that we counted on a lot. Now Erin Weese and Aimee Chaput are starting to score more and Sarah Wells is playing great defense for us. Once we get her offense going, we're going to be even harder to contain." Blagg led the team in scoring in each of the Knights first 11 games, and is still averaging slightly under 20 points a game. But it's been Weese, the senior off-guard, who has led Sacred Heart in its two tournament games with 29 points. The Knights have won six games decided by seven points or less, including a 55-51 victory over Southeast of Saline in the second week of the season. It was Sacred Heart's first win over Southeast since Fritz took over the program in 1991, and gave the Knights a quick boost of confidence. "I think what happened was when we beat Southeast in the second game of the season, it put in the back of the girls' minds that we are a good team," Fritz said. "Now we don't go into basketball games thinking 'Are we going to be able to stay with these girls?' Now they're thinking about what they have to do to win. "I know at some point we're finally going to taste defeat. We'll have to deal with that, make some adjustments and go on. Every team from here on out is going to play their best game against us, and we've got some tough games on our schedule with road games at Marion, Chase County and Council Grove and home games against Southeast and Circle." Central will meet tournament host Newton (9-2) in today's 8 p.m. title game at Newton High School. The Mustangs are playing for their fifth Newton Invitational title and their first since winning the event in 1993. That year the Mustangs also faced Newton in the title game. Central has won five of six games in the now year to improve its record to 7-5. In the final game before the holiday break, the Mustangs dropped a road game at Newton, 56-40. SUGGESTIONS? CALL BOB DAVIDSON, SPORTS EDITOR, AT (913) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363

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