The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 30, 1996 · Page 11
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THE SALINA JOURNAL SPORTS TUESDAY, JANAURY 30, 1996 B3 T MINNEAPOLIS GIRLS TOURNAMENT Lions fall from unbeaten ranks Minneapolis loses to Hillsboro in tournament championship game By TROY PALENSKE The SaUna Journal MINNEAPOLIS — Defending Class 3A state champion Hillsboro played like a champion down the stretch of Monday's girls showdown against Minneapolis. After squandering a 13-point lead, the Trojans reeled off 10 unanswered points midway through the fourth quarter that sparked their 54-46 win in the championship game of the 21st annual Minneapolis Classic. - "I'm so proud of the way that when we got behind the champion in them just kicked in," Hillsboro coach Becky Carlson said. "It's like 'Yea, you might be ahead of us now, but not at the end.' " Lisa Myers' 17 points — including five 3-pointers—led the way for fourth-ranked Hillsboro, which improved to 10-1. Amy Voth added 14, ,Ruth Harder 11 and Tesha Ratzlaff 10. Top-ranked Minneapolis, which lost for just the first time in 13 IT SUPER BOWL XXX games, received 19 points and 17 rebounds from junior Kristi Shupe — both game-highs. Shupe's two free throws with 4:57 remaining capped a 6-0 start to the fourth quarter and put Minneapolis in front 39-38. But Myers ignited Hillsboro's decisive run, firing in a 3-point basket from the right wing. The Trojans then converted a Minneapolis turnover into Voth's well-guarded turnaround basket, Ratzlaff followed in her own miss and Myers capped the spurt with another 3-point goal and a 48-39 lead. "I think our defense was more than what they've seen and theirs is more {han what we've seen," said Carlson, whose team forced 22 turnovers. "But they drifted a little bit every once in a while and didn't pay attention and Lisa and Ruth (wh6 also added a 3-point goal) hurt them." Michelle Hauck's three-point play rallied Minneapolis within four (50-46) with 48 seconds remaining, but Voth's rebound basket and two Ratzlaff free throws sealed Hillsboro's win. "When you play the defending state champions like we did, even though they lost a few great players, I think it says a lot for our kids," Minneapolis coach John Darrow said. "They can stand up and meet that challenge. "And they have a great team and (Carlson) does a great job coaching them." As good as Minneapolis' start was at the start of the fourth quarter that gained it the lead, it could have been better. The Lions missed five straight free throws the opening two minutes and couldn't come up with a defensive rebound when they needed it down the stretch. "That's the way the ball bounces sometimes," Darrow said. "You can't control that every time. Our kids played hard and I know they're going to give maximum effort and that's all I ask." Hillsboro established command early on behind a run of 15 straight points to bridge the first and second quarters. The Trojans scored the final 11 points of the first quarter and the first four points of the second to turn a two-point deficit into a 21-8 lead. Myers, a 5-foot-9 senior guard, fueled the getaway with three 3-point baskets as part of the Trojans' closing first-quarter run. "We just got so far behind with those 3s and she (Myers) is a great shooter," Darrow said. "We talked about two things we needed to stop before the game and one was 3s and the other was their fastbreak. "And they never really got fast- break baskets on us like they did against all those teams they played before." Hillsboro settled for a 28-19 halftime advantage and led by 10 (32-22) early in the third quarter before Minneapolis charged back behind its outside pop of Hauck and inside power of Shupe. Hauck sank a pair of 3-point baskets and Shupe scored twice in the lane during an 11-6 spurt that helped the Lions narrow the gap to 38-33 by the end of the period. • NEMAHA VALLEY 71, CHAPMAN 35 — Nemaha Valley rebounded from a one-point overtime loss against Minneapolis in Saturday's semifinal with an impressive performance in the third- place contest. The Raiders forced 27 turnovers and outrebounded Chapman by 14 in improving to 7-5. All nine players Nemaha Valley suited scored, including 15 points and 11 rebounds from Kim Korte. fcoHtodj 9 Abilene; 10. Hayden. CIA883A Immactta, s. Medicine Lodge,'e, ha Valley , ' >\1 CLASS 2A 1. Froitrtenaera &«rijjafoB! 3. „ . , burg-Cdgan; S Frankfort; 6. Sublette 7. Hffl City; 8 Ellis; 9, Chase County, 10 ; tesahiiii. , ' CLAS$,1A- - < \ ,,*, 1, Sylvan, 2. Brewster, 3, Mafflson; 4. Montezu-'; • ma; 5 LaRoy, 8. Colony-Crest; 7, HlKorest; 8, Deer--, field;9 Jennings; 10.Highland ' ; '' ' r "Z. bcr#6. Sffver LaKei'e.'Cheney.y.'immaculattis. .W*lt^ite;9,Erie;10.amafr6n. ' '' \ V CLASS 2A 1, Dips; 2, Garden Plain; 3. Moundridge; 4. Quin- ,toti S SfcJddon; 6. sactsd HeW; 7. a John; 8. •Valtey H«i#ite; 9. Unfontowr; 10. Cllfton-Ctyde: ' ' f ' CLASS 1A ' < "' i 1. UW8 RIVw 2. Claflln; 3. Wacondl East? 4. ' Westen; 9 Ashland, 6. Hanston; 7 Pretty PraWe; 8. ate 9 Norwich; 10. Hope. T JUNIOR COLLEGE BASKETBALL Hutchinson jumps to No. 2 in rankings Steelers get a little closer to title Question now is how many players will be re-signed for next year ,By The Associated Press TEMPE, Ariz. — Last season, it 'was three yards. This time, it was two interceptions. The Pittsburgh Steelers keep coming so tantalizing close to championships, only to watch itheir seasons end in frustrating, what-if failures. What if Neil O'Donnell had completed that pass on fourth-and-3 in last season's AFC championship game? What if he hadn't thrown those two interceptions in Sun : day's 27-17 Super Bowl loss to the Dallas Cowboys? What if? How come? Why? When will the Steelers win the big game, and not just leave their fans clutching onto empty dreams and the fast-fading memories of the 1970s? Last year's AFC championship game loss to the Chargers was so bad, some Steelers didn't erase it from their minds for weeks. This loss probably wasn't as devastating emotionally, but undoubtedly will do some damage. And in a sport where rosters, team chemistry and momentum can change as quickly as the next free agent signing, the Steelers must wonder how many more tomorrows are ahead for a team that keeps wasting today. "We came here to win the game," coach Bill Cowher said Sunday. "Not to play not to lose the game." But they didn't, even though Bam Morris outrushed Emmitt Smith, O'Donnell outpassed Troy Aikman and the Steelers 1 defense brought back memories of the Steel Curtain with several critical second-half stands. "This really hurts down deep inside," linebacker Levon Kirkland said. "Bu), I can>t apologize for the Blue Dragons have won 11 straight games to stand at 20-1 on year By The Associated Press Hutchinson may be ranked No. 2 hi the county by the National Junior College Athletic Association and have the best record among Kansas' 24 two-year schools, but coach Randy Stange says he and his players aren't moved. Hutchinson moved its season record to 20-1, including an 11- game winning streak, and stayed on top of the seven-team Jayhawk Community College Conference's Western Division with a 4-0 record by defeating Seward County 86-80 in Liberal on Saturday night. "I don't even know if all of the players on our team know we're No. 2," said Stange, who's in his second season as head coach. "Obviously it's more important to finish the season at the top than to do what we've done so far." Against Seward County, Demetrius Alexander had a game- best 26 points and Keldric Brooks a season-high 22 points as the V BASEBALL Blue Dragons rallied from a 39-33 halftime deficit. The victory was more impressive since Alexander, a 6-foot-7 sophomore, sat out about half of the first half with personal foul problems. "They're all big games the rest of the season," said Stange. "The only thing we have to do is keep playing hard." Independence, 18-2 in all games and ranked No. 5 by the NJCAA,. continued to rule in the East by winning an important road game at Coffeyville. Ruben Patterson, one of the county's top junior college players, scored 28 points as his team grabbed a 29-20 halftime lead. Coffeyville tied the score at 60 with about four minutes left, but Indy led the rest of the way. "A win like this gives you significant momentum," said Independence coach Mike Kruszynski. "We've only been in one other game like that, where we were really, really pushed. What I like is the fact we kept our composure while becoming a better team. "Last year we won, but didn't get better every game like we are now." The Associated Press Pittsburgh coach Bill Cowher (left) gives instructions to quarterback Nell O'Donnell during Sunday's Super Bowl. O'Donnell wants to return with the Steelers, but team officials have yet to make an offer. Red Sox acquire Slocumb way we played." No, the Steelers were hailed as gutsy, won't-quit contenders who nearly pulled off the unthinkable by beating a team seemingly far superior in talent. But the Steelers not only thought they could compete with the Cowboys, they thought they could — and should — beat them. "We didn't come here expecting to give those guys a good game," safety Darren Perry said. "We came in with the expectation to win the game. And we were right in there." But, again, it was the wrong ending for the Steelers. Now, they must decide who will be around for the start of training camp in July, and who will be gone. O'Donnell's agent, Leigh Stein- berg, unsuccessfully tried to engage the Steelers in contract extension several months ago. The decision means O'Donnell will become a free agent if he doesn't re-sign by Feb. 15. O'Donnell, who is coming off a career year but certainly not the game of a career, wants to return, but the Steelers haven't made their intentions known. "I've never left any doubt about my feelings that I'd like to remain in Pittsburgh," O'DonneU said. But it is unlikely the Steelers can re-sign O'Donnell, whose $2.6 million salary may rise to $4.5 million or higher; linebacker Kevin Greene and tackle Leon Searcy and still remain under next season's estimated $40 million salary cap. The most likely to leave is Greene, who will be 34 in July and isn't coming off an exceptional season, even if he did make the Pro Bowl. Jason Gildon, a 1994 third- round draft pick, seems ready to replace Greene, and his $268,000 salary next season is less than one- fifth of Greene's current $1.5 million. Also, some Steelers executives have wearied of Greene's macho- man posturing, his Super Bowl week foray into pro wrestling and the shoulder-length hair that attracted so much Super Bowl media attention. The Steelers consider resigning Searcy a much bigger priority. He has developed into one of the NFL's top right tackles, if not the best, and losing him would create a huge void in the offense. Super / Many questions soon to be answered By The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Phillies and Boston made a long-anticipated trade Monday, with the Red Sox acquiring closer Heathcliff Slocumb and the Phillies getting outfielder Lee Tinsley. As part of the deal, the Phillies also received outfielder Glenn Murray and pitcher Ken Ryan. They sent outfielder Rick Holifield and pitcher Larry Wimberly to the Red Sox. The principals in the trade have been known for weeks, but the Red Sox held out for Wimberly before they would make the deal. Slocumb, 29, had 32 saves last year, fourth best in the National League and good enough to earn him a spot on the All-Star team. He is a ground ball pitcher, which Red Sox general manager Dan Duquette said should make him "effective on the grass fields of the American League, particularly in Fenway Park." Slocumb was the Phillies' closer last season, but a weak finish combined with the emergence of reliever Ricky Bottalico made him expendable. "I know we gave up a very good closer. He had.twq great years in a row," Phillies general manager Lee Thomas said. "We're probably taking a calculated risk." The Phillies are gambling that Bottalico, who was Philadelphia's setup man last season, or Ryan, who has 20 saves in the past two seasons, can take Slocumb's place. The Red Sox lost closer Rick Aguilera to free agency after the season. They had acquired him from Minnesota during the season and he was an effective closer for them before he returned to the Twins. The risk for the Red Sox is that Slocumb's struggles in the last half of the season are more a reflection of the Phillies' overall deterioration. FROM PAGE B1 a free agent, hadn't thrown those interceptions to Brown, the NFC streak could very well have ended. In fact, next season may be decided in the two months following the Feb. 15 start of free agency, when teams must weigh their need for a player against how much they'll have to allocate for him under the cap, which will probably be between $38 million and $40 million. So: • Will Johnson turn Miami into Valley Ranch East, attracting such Cowboy free agents as Brown, Darren Woodson, Russell Maryland and Darrin Smith to South Florida to join Dan Marino? • Will the Colts re-sign Jim Harbaugh, who had a career year and got Indianapolis to the AFC title game? • Will the 49ers find their running back in Rodney Hampton of the Giants, who has five straight 1,000-yard seasons and provides the consistency and drive that Derek Loville lacks? Might Johnson, who loves north-south running backs like Hampton, try to lure him to Miami? • Will the Steelers bring O'Donnell back; turn to Kordell Stewart, who's not ready to play quarterback yet, or go shopping for someone else, Harbaugh perhaps? Some of the answers may lie with Leigh Steinberg, the agent to the quarterbacks, who has been looking forward for months to this offseason. Steinberg represents Harbaugh, O'Donnell, Jeff George of Atlanta and Dave Brown of the Giants among the free agent quarterbacks, and Maryland and Woodson among other free agents. He already had a hand in the 49ers' changes by urging Steve Young and Tim McDonald among others to voice their complaints about Seifert, and by re-structuring deals for his seven 49ers to allow the team to fit new players under the cap. He did the same with Dallas, re-doing Aikman's contract to allow more room for Sanders. He's also adept at finding a bidder willing to overpay an unproven player and forcing the hand of the player's current team. He did that with O'Donnell two years ago, enticing a bid way over the market price from Tampa Bay, which the Steelers then matched. So it comes down to this: If Leigh Steinberg, who represented both starting quarterbacks and both backups in the Super Bowl, decides he wants an AFC team to win ... He might be able to pull it off. Bradley dumps WSU By The Associated Press PEORIA, 111. — Anthony Parker scored 14 points, including four 3-pointers, in leading Bradley to a 68-49 win over Wichita State on Monday. Parker's first 3-pointer put the Braves ahead 3-2, and they never trailed again hi the Missouri Valley Conference game. The win moved the Braves (12-5 overall, 7-2 MVC) into a tie for first place with Illinois State in the league race. The Shockers (5-16, 1-10) lost their sixth straight game and 30th of their last 32 MVC road contests. The Braves were up 21-15 with 8:00 remaining in the first half and held a 32-22 halftime advantage. Bradley widened its margin to 21, and coach Jim Molinari started substituting freely. All 13 players on his roster played and 11 scored. Wichita's Larry Callis had 14 points and seven rebounds. Colorado upsets Missouri By The Associated Press BOULDER, Colo. — Chauncey Billups scored 27 points and Martice Moore and Mack Tuck each tallied 25 to lead Colorado to a 10694 upset over Missouri in Big Eight action Monday night. It was Colorado's first Big Eight victory of the season and the win snapped the Buffaloes' eight-game losing streak. It was also the first win for interim Colorado coach Ricardo Patton, who took over from Joe Harrington on Jan. 16. Patton is now 1-2 as the Buffs' head coach. Colorado (6-11, 1-5) took advan- tage of Missouri's 11 first-half turnovers to take a 56-44 lead into intermission. Missouri (13-7,3-3) rallied on a 60 run to close within 72-68 with 12:13 remaining, capped by Corey Tate's steal and dunk. The Tigers hung on, staying within 78-73 with 10:15 left. Then Colorado's Tuck scored five straight points with a 3-pointer and two free throws to make it 8373 with 9:04 remaining. 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