The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 11, 1986 · Page 13
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Sports The Salina Journal Saturday, January 11,1986 Page 13 Wl] over South By STEPHEN WHITE Sports Writer Through the Mustangs' first seven games, five of which were losses, Salina Central had not even resembled the team coach Dennis Wahlgren thought he had this season. Salina South, meanwhile, had displayed much greater promise than most people had anticipated this season, though losing three of its first four outings. But'when Salina Central meets Salina South, the normal often is the abnormal, which is to say anything can and often does happen. With that understood, it seemed only fitting that Central played its best game of the season and South its worst as the Mustangs downed the Cougars, 58-53, Thursday night in the first of this season's two 1-70 League matchups at the Bicentennial Center. Very much like their last meeting — a 52-48 double-overtime victory by South last season — Friday's contest was one of two faces. The first was that of Mike Armster sinking seven of his first eight shots as Central darted out to a 10-2 lead at the outset and led 38-19 early in the second half. The second was that of a scrappy South defense and Bill Kennedy pulling the Cougars back into contention in the final 12 minutes. Armster, one of two 6-5 baseline patrollers Central started Friday, finished with 18 points on 9-of-ll shooting. But Armster, fellow 6-5 senior Bill Grammer and 6-2 senior Taylor Jones — basically, all of Central's height — fouled out in the third quarter or early in the fourth period. Kennedy, a 6-3 junior who along with 5-10 senior Loren Zook represents South's stabling influence, finished with 20 points for the Cougars. But Kennedy and a dogged Cougar press which forced six straight turnovers in one stretch weren't quite enough to overcome the 19-point fleficit South faced with 3:25 gone in the second half. The Cougars did, however, draw close enough to make the finish interesting and typical of the Central- SALINASOUTH(S3) Fox 2-5 3-6 7, Kennedy 7-12 6-10 20, Davis 0-4 0-0 0. Zook 2-4 5-6 9. Moring 2-7 0-04. Olsson 1 3 0-0 2, Sorensen 1-3 0-0 2. Baxter 0-0 0-0 0. Kickhaeler 1-1 0-02, Kadel 2-3 3-6 7. Totals 184217-2853. SAUNA CENTRAL (58) Jones 1 -2 0-0 2, Grommer 4-7 0-0 8, Armster 9-11 0-0 18, Fink 3-8 3-5 9. David Brummett 1-1 2-2 4, Veal 4-7 0-0 8, Darin Brummett 2-3 0-1 4. Deines 0-3 5-6 5. Totals 24-42 10-14 58. Sallno South 5 12 12 24 — 53 Salina Central 16 14 B 20 — 58 TOTAL FOULS — South 16. Central 25. FOULED OUT — Jones, Grammer, Armster (SC). REBOUNDS — South 25 (Fox 7), Central 28 (Veal 9). STEALS — South 15 (Zook, Fox 4), Central 8 (Grammer 2, Veal 2). TURNOVERS — South 19, Central 24. South series, which has been settled by more than nine points only once since the series was moved to the BiCenter seven years ago. After sealing a 10-point run with six consecutive free throws to close the 19-point margin to nine points, 38-29, at the end of the third quarter, South failed to capitalize at the Line in the fourth quarter. "Otherwise," said South coach Mark O'Dell, "We might have been able to tie it up." Instead, the Cougars missed seven of 11 charities in the final stanza while Central, which didn't shoot its first free throw until 1:42 into the fourth quarter, protected its lead by canning 10 of 14 freebies. "No lead in the South-Central game is going to be safe. I think we saw that last year," said Wahlgren, whose Mustangs rallied from a 34-14 deficit last year to force overtime before losing. "It's a matter of keeping your intensity throughout the game. "South made some excellent runs at us, and they definitely got within striking distance," Wahlgren said, referring to the 53-48 score South had whittled the margin to with 57 seconds left. "But we did a good job maintaining our poise, particularly when some calls started going against us." With Armster, Grammer and Jones on the bench, Central had trouble scoring. But David Brummett stiffled the Cougars' comeback by sinking both ends of a one-and-one (See Mustangs, Page 16) KW captures 86-79 victory Tiller ByKENCORBITT Sports Writer Excuse the Coyotes if they went through the motions Friday night against Baker, but the Kansas Wesleyan basketball team had other things to worry about. The Coyotes played without their head coach, Jerry Jones, who was not at the game because of his father's serious illness. Also, the game with Baker had little meaning for Wesleyan compared to tonight's crucial Kansas Conference encounter with Friends. Still, Wesleyan had enough firepower to register an 86-79 victory over the Wildcats at Muir Gymnasium. The win pushes Wesleyan's record to 8-1 on the season and avenged the its only loss of the season. Baker pinned a 78-76 setback on KW in Baldwin City last November. Revenge, though, wasn't a motivating force for KW, said assistant coach Al Tiller. "When we lost that game to them, we knew we had played poorly," said Tiller, who directed the team in Jones' absence. "We got beat to the punch and we walked away." Wesleyan opened Friday's game with a bang, jumping to a 7-0 lead by the 18:40 mark of the first half. The Coyotes, crashing the backboards, slowly increased their cushion as the half progressed until they led by 13 points, 37-24, with 4:50 left before halftime. Wesleyan owned a 46-32 lead at halftime, thanks mainly to a 26-18 rebounding edge. "Their defense caused us a lot of problems in the first half," said Baker head coach Rick Weaver, whose team fell to 4-10. "We didn't react well to their defense. They also hurt us on the boards in the first half." A David Frederick jumper from near the free throw line gave KW a 56-42 lead with 13 : 10 remaining in the second half. But the Coyotes then began to coast a bit as Tiller ran reserves in and out of the game. "The first half we played well and got a nice lead," Tiller said. "We felt confident at halftime, and when we got up by about 16 points we relaxed. We had more key people sitting more minutes. "Our defensive intensity the second half wasn't what it has been. And I attribute that to Coach Jones not being here because I wasn't able to concentrate on the defense as much. That's why we went to the zone," said Tiller, who carries the title of Defensive Coordinator for KW team. Baker, behind the inside play of Mike Wagers, scratched back into contention. Wagers scored six points in a 13-7 Baker run that got the Wildcats with seven points, 73-66, with6:20 remaining. But Wagers, a6- 6 junior, left the game at 6:44 with an ankle injury, robbing Baker of some inside muscle. Russ Pleiman, KW's 6-8 All-KCAC center, then took charge. Pleiman, with six points, led the Coyotes on a 13-6 run of their own for an 86-72 lead with 1:26 left to squash Baker's comeback bid. Pleiman finished with 23 points, 11 from the free-throw line, and 12 rebounds. Frederick added 15 and Gus Deering 14. Dan Radig had 14 points for Baker, while David McCullough came off the bench to score 12. Wesleyan ran its KCAC record to 40 on Wednesday by beating St. Mary of the Plains. The Coyotes play their first conference road game in Wichita tonight at 8 p.m. against Friends, which is 4-1 in league play. "We didn't really overlook Baker, but (tonight's) game is the big one," Tiller said. "After the game the other night, we worked on Friends' offense and defense. Beating Baker won't get us into the playoffs — winning the league will." BAKER (79) Danzig Wagers Sams Pierce Radig Smith Kramer Taylor Haddad McCullough TOTALS WESLEYAN (86) Deering Brown Pleiman Frederick Phox Woods White Walters E.Smith Hulzler Gray B. Smith Tillman TOTALS HALFTIME — REBOUNDS — FG FT 5-17 0-0 5-7 0-3 3-5 3-6 0-3 4-4 4-8 6-8 4-8 0-1 4-6 0-0 1-4 2-2 0-1 0-0 5-10 2-3 31-69 17-27 FG FT 4-11 6-8 2-5 1-7 6-8 11-14 6-14 3-3 4-6 4-4 2-3 0-0 0-0 0-0 3-6 0-0 0-0 1-2 0-2 0-0 2-4 2-2 0-3 0-0 0-0 0-0 29-62 28-40 R 6 4 3 2 5 4 4 1 2 4 35 R 6 8 12 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 1 0 37 Wesleyan 46, Baker 32 Baker 6, Wesleyan 5. F TP 4 10 2 10 2 9 3 4 5 14 2 '8 4 8 2 4 0 0 4 12 28 79 F. TP 2 14 2 5 2 23 2 15 3 12 4 4 1 0 5 6 1 1 0 0 0 6 2 0 0 0 24 86 . TEAM TURNOVERS — Baker 20, Wesleyan 19. Craig ChandUr Salina Central's Mike Armster (left) tries to grab the ball while battling for a rebound with Salina South's Barry Kadel Friday night. Southeast takes two from Buffaloes By TIM HOSTETTER Sports Writer GYPSUM - Despite a 6-0 record following a 57-50 win over Belleville Friday night, Southeast of Saline boys' basketball coach Stan Vaughn still has several concerns about his team. The second-ranked (3A) Trojans were in position to blow Belleville out of the Southeast gym. But, like they have done throughout the season, Southeast let down long enough to let the Buffaloes back in the game. "We have played like that all season," Vaughn said. "It looks like we are about to blow a team out and we suddenly lose our concentration. We usually do some things that aren't smart, like try to force the break then take a bad shot.'' The win improved Southeast's North Central Activities Association record to 3-0. Belleville slipped to 1-3 in league play and 2-5 overall. In the girls' game, Southeast overcame a sluggish start to defeat Belleville, 54-39. Southeast's boys held a 27-17 halftime lead and extended it to 4429 after three quarters. Dan Stut- terheim's jumper in the lane with four minutes left in the game gave the Trojans a 52-39 advantage. Scott McEwen's follow shot inside pulled the Buffs to within 11. Belleville's Brent Marquart then got two layups off Southeast turn- BOYS BELLEVILLE (50) Fischer 0-2 0-0 0, McEwen 3-7 1-2 7, Deterding 5-12 2-2 12, Lambert 8-13 6-6 22, Levendofsky 0-1 1-21, Marquart 2-2 0-0 4, Hobelmann 2-2 0-04. TOTALS 20-3910-12 50. SOUTHEAST OF SALINE (57) Fritz 7-16 1-5 15, Stutterheim 5-12 3-4 13, Rogge 1-31-33, Skinner 2-4 2-2 6, K. Miller 591-311,0. Miller 4-8 0-08, Casselman 0-1 1-1 1.TOTALS 24-53 9-1857. Belleville 7 10 12 21—50 SE-Saline 15 12 17 13 — 57 TOTAL FOULS — Belleville 16, SE-Soline 15. FOULED OUT — Fritz (SE), Lambert (B). REBOUNDS — Belleville 28 (McEwen 10), SE- Saline 31 (Stutterheim 9). TURNOVERS — Belleville 23, SE-Saline 15. GIRLS BELLEVILLE (39) Tuley 2-8 1-35, Simms2-80-l 4, Doctor 2-9 0-1 4, Reed 3-4 1-2 7, M'iller 3-6 7-11 13, Spurney 1-3 1-2 3, Holmberg 1-4 1-2 3. TOTALS 14-42 11-22 39. SOUTHEAST OF SALINE (54) Hubele 4-61-1 9, Koesler 4-14 0-0 B, Riblett 4-9 8-10 16, Cox 0-3 0-0 0, Griffitts 4-5 0-0 8, Everhart 0-4 0-0 0, Clark 0-3 0-2 0, Lancaster 2-2 3-4 7, Waddle 1-4 0-2 2, Perez 0-2 2-3 2, Hays 1-10-0 2. TOTALS 20-53 14-22 54. Belleville 12 11 4 12 — 39 SE-Saline 12 16 10 16 — 54 TOTAL FOULS — Belleville 18, SE-Saline 23. FOULED OUT — None. TURNOVERS — Belleville 23, SE-Saline 18. overs to cut the Trojans' lead to seven at 52-45 with 2:55 left. Southeast did the rest from the free throw line. McEwen's three- point play with 35 seconds to go pulled Belleville to within six points, but the Buffs could get no closer. "We made a good run at them, but the turnovers killed us," said Belleville head coach Dean Lavielle. "Southeast has two good shooters in Fritz (Steve) and Stut- terheim. We didn't expect Miller (Kevin) to shoot like he did." Seniors Fritz and Stutterheim again led the Trojans. Fritz scored 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds, while Stutterheim had 13 points and nine rebounds. Miller had 11 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the outside. ' 'This team is going to have to get support from players other than Dan and Steve," Vaughn said. "We have people capable of during that. Kevin Miller shot the ball well for us tonight." Belleville got a game-high 22 points from 6-9 center Chris Lambert. Todd Deterding, the NCAA's top scorer last season, was held to 12 points. "Lambert is starting to come around for us," Lavielle said. "He played well inside tonight. Our problem is at guard play. We just had too many turnovers again.'' Belleville shot the ball well when it wasn't throwing it away against Southeast's zone press. The Buffs hit 20 of 39 shots for 51 percent. Southeast, a 48 percent shooting team, canned 24 of 53 field goals for 45 percent. Southeast plays a non-conference game with Chapman tonight at Gypsum. The Trojans handed Chapman its only loss earlier this season in the finals of the Chapman tournament. Southeast's girls used a 16-point performance from senior Laura Riblett to defeat Belleville. Riblett was 4 of 9 from the field and 8 of 10 from the line. Southeast, 4-3, trailed by as many as three points (15-12) early in the second quarter, but went on a 7-0 scoring spree to take the lead for good. Belleville, 1-7, trailed by just five (28-23) at halftime, but a poor third quarter ended any chances for a comeback. The Buffs didn't score until five minutes into the third quarter. Southeast led 38-27 at the end of the period. "We got beat on the boards in the first half, but did a much better job on the boards and playing defense in the second half," said Southeast head coach Jim Campion. "I thought Riblett had an excellent game. She did a good job of moving the ball for us. Griffitts (Kandee) did a good job on the boards for us." The Trojans used their quickness effectively in forcing 23 Belleville turnovers off its pressure defense. Casey Hubele added nine points and Gretchen Koesler eight for the Trojans. Colleen Miller led Belleville with 13 points. Belleville hit just 14 of 42 field goals for 33 percent. The Buffs also hurt themselves from the line, hitting only 11 of 22 attempts. Southeast, now 1-2 in the NCAA, hit 20 of 53 from the field. Bennington cruises by Ell-SaUne, 65-51 By GLENN KEARNS Sports Writer BENNINGTON — Even though the basketball season hasn't reached the halfway mark, it will be hard to deny the Bennington boys the Post Rock League title this year. The Bulldogs took a big step toward the title Friday night with a 6551 homecourt victory over their nearest league challenger, the Ell- Saline Cardinals. Bennington has a 4-0 record in the league and a 6-0 record for the season with only four league games remaining. It was the first league loss for the Cardinals after two victories and dropped the Cards to 3-3 overall. In the girls' game, Bennington also came away with a victory as the Bulldogs won 55-47. The Bennington girls are 2-1 in the league and 3-2 overall. Ell-Saline dropped to 0-2 and 1-4. Ell-Saline was able to keep Bennington's Travis Zamecnik, who is having a super year with a 24.5 scoring average going into the game, in check for most of the first half by BOYS BENNINGTON 65, ELL-SALINE 51 EII-Solln.(51) Omli 2-7 0-04, Griftin 1-80-02, Wikoff 2-1001 4, Bolte 2-7 5-6 9, Berndt 6-11 0-1 12, Holcom 3-90-08, Schulz 2-6 7-10 11, Lindsay 0-0 0-0 0, Walling 0-01-21. Totals 18-58 13-20 51. Bennington (65) Allen 0-4 0-0 0, Scheibler 4-11 1-29, Swagerty 5-70-010, Zamecnik 8-15 5-8 21, Labbe 4-5 3-4 11, Boss 3-8 1-47, Stanley I -3 3-6 5, Garst 1 -2 01 2, Hensley 0-0 0-0 0, Breeden 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-5513-2565. Ell-Salln* B 11 12 20 — 51 B.nnlnglon 16 15 14 20 — 65 TEAM FOULS — Ell-Saline 20, Bennington 19. FOULED OUT — None. GIRLS ELL-SAUNE (47) Peterman 204, J.Grittin 3 1 7, Michelle Griffin 3 1 7, Gleason 022, Simmons 226, Lecklider 8521. TOTALS — 18 11 47. BENNINGTON (55) Graham 237, J.Scheibler 7216'. Chrisman 9 3 21, L.Scheibler 1 1 3. Copas 102, Bulleigh 0 0 0, Ward000. TOTALS — 23955. Ell-Saline 15 9 11 13 — 47 Bennington 12 19 13 11—55 TOTAL FOULS — Ell-Saline 15. Bennington 20. using a box-and-one defense. Though Ell-Saline's defense slowed Zamecnik, the Bulldogs showed their team balance in taking a 16-€ first- quarter, hitting the outside jumper's the box-and-one gave them. Ell-Saline mounted a second- quarter rally that brought the Cardinals back to 22-19 with 3:50 left in the quarter. But Bulldog coach Bob Murray then adjusted the Bennington de- fense and the Bulldogs pulled away, scoring the last nine points of the half for a 31-19 lead at the intermission. "We went into a half-court zone press," Murray said. "That made their guards start their offense 10 feet further out and made them take a longer shot." Murray said he has been proud of his team's defense all season. "Teams haven't shot very well against us so far this year," Murray said. Friday's stats proved Murray's point as the Cardinals made 18 of 58 shots from the field for just 31 percent accuracy. Bennington expanded its lead to 19 points (44-25) in the third quarter before the Cardinals trimmed the margin back to 45-31 by the end of the quarter. The Bulldogs enjoyed their biggest lead, 63-41, six minutes into the final quarter before Ell-Saline narrowed the gap by outscoring Bennington 102 through the final two minutes. Zamecnik displayed his scoring ability in the second half and finished with a game-high 21 points. Doug Labbe adding 11 in a starting role and Lloyd Swagerty had Ifyafter entering the game with a 14.5 average. Dalen Rathbun, Ell-Saline coach, had nothing but praise for Bennington after the game. "Bennington is tough," Rathbun said. "They play well together." "We have a lot of things to learn and I think we did learn some things in the fourth quarter — such as going to the hoop — but we'll have to work more on defense." Rathbun also praised 5-11 junior forward John Schulz, who came off the bench to grab a game-high 12 rebounds and score 11 points. Dennis Berndt led the Cardinal scoring with 12 points. The Bennington girls used a big second quarter as a springboard to their victory. Ell-Saline led 15-12 after the first quarter, but Bennington senior Brenda Chrisman and sophomore Jennie Scheibler fueled a 19-point second quarter for the Bulldogs, who took a 31-24 lead into halftime. Chrisman led Bennington with 21 points while Scheibler added 16. The Cardinals' Dianne Lecklider matched Chrisman for game honors with 21 points.

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