CHOUTEAU, OK —
The Chouteau Wildcats overcame a nine-point, first quarter deficit against Salina to squeak out a 57-50 win over their county rival at the old “C-Block” in Chouteau.
Salina's Cale Backward led all scorers with 24 points 4 boards, while Chouteau’s Isaac Carter led Chouteau with 23 points. Conner Darnell grabbed 9 rebounds in the win.
Salina shot 28 percent from beyond the arc, making 9-of-32 3-point attempts, compared to Chouteau’s 3-of-11 3-point shooting.
Salina stormed out to a 14-5 lead after the first quarter, but Chouteau kept chipping away at the lead throughout the second quarter. Chouteau, ranked 19th in the latest OSSAArankings.com 2A poll, tied the game at 25 with just seconds to go in the first half, but two free throws by Backward gave Salina a two-point lead at the midway point.
Salina jumped out to a 7-3 run to start the third quarter, but once again, Chouteau kept chipping away at the lead, eventually grabbing its first lead of the game midway through the third. Arlis Alsip scored seven points in a row in the spurt, including a 3-pointer that Chouteau up 44-41 and sent the home crowd into a frenzy.
With Chouteau up 53-48 with just 57 seconds left in the game, Chouteau head coach Travis Wheeler received a technical foul. Backward made both free throws, cutting the lead to three and giving Salina the ball. However, Backward and Mark Cowan both missed game-tying 3-point attempts. Chouteau hit its free throws in the end, securing the come-from-behind win.
Salina falls to 0-1 while Chouteau improves to 2-0 on the young season. Both will play in the Adair Invitational Tournament next week.
Salina girls blast Chouteau
CHOUTEAU — The Salina Wildcat girls used a 33-point first quarter and a smothering press defense to defeat Chouteau, 79-42, Tuesday.
Courtney Condit of Salina led all scorers with 24 points. Chouteau’s Karlee Alberty led the Ladycats with 17 points and seven boards in the loss.
Chouteau attempted just five shots in the first quarter, thanks in part to Salina pressing the Ladycats on nearly every inbounds play. Salina went 11-for-17 from the field and 8-for-8 from the stripe in the first quarter alone.
Salina improves to 1-0, while Chouteau falls to 1-1 on the season.