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February 11, 2014

Salina stuns LG with late rally

SALINA, OK — Salina sophomore Cassi Barry hit a go-ahead lay-up with 28.6 seconds to play and the Lady Wildcats got three huge defensive stops in the final minute to shock Class 4A No. 8 Locust Grove, 51-50, Monday at Salina.

"This is the biggest win I've had since I've been head coach here," Salina's Mark Fraley said.

Salina (13-8) trailed Locust Grove by as many as six in the fourth quarter, but pulled to within one (50-49) with just over a minute to play and got a stop on the defensive end to set up Barry's heroics.

"We never gave up," Fraley said. "When we came out of a timeout down one, we really thought we could win this thing. We needed a stop, and we got a stop. We went down and took the lead, then we really thought we could win."

Several Lady Wildcat jumpers and lay-ins to tie or take the lead missed their mark in the final two minutes, but Morgan Littlefield's bounce pass for Barry in the post resulted in a quick lay-up to give Salina its first lead since the first quarter.

Locust Grove (13-4) had several opportunities to win in the waning moments, but couldn't convert any of them. In the final sequence, Salina forced a jump-ball with 0.6 seconds left and Locust retained possession, but the Lady Pirates' step-back jumper fell several feet short at the buzzer.

The game-winner is Barry's second of the season. Her first, a layup with 1.5 seconds on the clock to upset then-3A No. 9 Kansas, came in January. Barry scored 10 points and grabbed seven rebounds and two steals for the Ladycats.

"She's stepping up like she's supposed to be playing," Fraley said. "We expected this out of her all year, she's really stepped up the past couple weeks. That's a big plus for us."

After the teams played to an 8-8 tie through the first seven minutes, Locust Grove went on a 12-0 run, followed by a 9-0 Salina run. The Lady Pirates countered with a 10-0 spurt to put Salina in a 13-point hole, its biggest deficit of the game.

"I thought we were in trouble then, but we kept fighting back," Fraley said. "But our kids played hard, didn't give up, kept fighting and pretty much did what they were told to do."

Locust Grove junior Madison Davis fouled out with 2:22 to go in the fourth, robbing the visitors of their main inside presence. Davis left the as the game's leading scorer (16 points) and the team's leading rebounder with six. She also had three assists, three steals and a block.

Sophomore Courtney Condit led the Lady Wildcats with 15 points. Senior teammate Kaisee Moore did a little of everything, posting 11 points, five rebounds, four crucial steals and two assists. Shaylee Morgan had seven points.

Senior point guard Sydnie Pierce boosted LG with 13 points, and senior Bailey Holman had 10 points, three boards, three steals and three assists for Locust Grove.

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