The Salina Central girls used an 8-0 run in overtime while salvaging a 61-56 victory over Hutchinson High School, despite a remarkable fourth-quarter rally by the Salthawks.
The Mustangs picked up the win despite going more than five minutes without a point during a 16-0 Hutchinson run in the final period. Gabbie Posch sparked the Salthawks' rally, scoring eight of her team-leading 18 points in the fourth quarter, as the Salthawks tied the score 47-47 after regulation.
The Salthawks had their only lead in regulation after scoring the game's first two points. They took their next lead when Posch opened the four-minute overtime period with a 3-pointer for a 50-47 Salthawk lead.
Central answered with back-to-back 3-pointers from Aubrie Kierscht and a basket from Kadyn Cobb to lead 55-50.
Hutchinson got within one point on two occasions in the final minute of overtime. After a Posch basket cut the lead to 55-54, Kierscht made both ends of a one-and-one to push the lead back to three points.
Two Salthawk free throws from Mekenzie Hefley, who finished with 17 points, again made it a one-point game. But Cobb sank two free throws of her own to put the Mustangs up 59-56.
After a Hutchinson miss on a potential tying 3-pointer, Selah Merkle sealed the win with two final free throws.
Central raised its records 5-3 overall, 3-2 in the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League. Hutchinson fell to 3-5, 1-4.
The Mustangs did not have a field goal in the fourth quarter but took a 45-29 lead after a pair of Hampton Williams free throws with 6:35 to play in regulation. The Salthawks scored the next 16 points, including three consecutive 3-pointers during that stretch -- two by Posch and another by Jayden Elmore.
Kierscht finished with 21 points to lead Central, including 10 of her team's final 16 points in the game. Williams added 16 points.
Salina Central;20;13;8;6;14 -- 61
Hutchinson;12;10;9;18;9 -- 56
Salina Central (61) -- Cobb 9, Griffin 2, Kierscht 21, Merkle 9, Nash 2, Williams 16, Sanderson 2; Hutchinson (56) -- Krol 6, Armbrust 3, Elmore 3, Roberston 2, Posch 2, Bynum 7, Hefley 17.