EARL WATT • Leader & Times
The Lady Redskins continued to be one of the best teams in Salina Tournament history by advancing to the championship Saturday against Andover, but the Lady Redskins fell short in overtime by a point 47-46 and finished second.
The Lady Redskins and Andover Lady Trojans found themselves in a defensive battle that resembled Liberal’s game against Dodge City in the first half, and the Lady Redskins only managed to score 14 points in the first two quarters and trailed Andover 20-14.
But the Lady Redskins came out with a more aggressive style in the third quarter and opened the period with six unanswered points to tied the score.
The Lady Redskin defense was suffocating in the third quarter, and the Lady Redskins only allowed two points in the first five minutes of the period.
By the time the third quarter ended, the Lady Redskins had erased the six-point halftime deficit and had a three point lead, 28-25.
Andover had the quick start in the fourth quarter, and the two teams traded leads throughout the final period of regulation.
Both teams had chances to secure a lead in the final minute, but both fell short of a go-ahead basket, and the fourth quarter ended with a 40-40 tie. Both teams had leads in overtime, and the Lady Trojans had the late advantage with a two-point lead in the final 6.3 seconds.
But Koyona Hall was fouled and sent to the line with the opportunity to tie. She made the first free throw but missed the second, Andover rebounded and was able to run out the clock and secure the championship, 47-46.
Hailey Contreras and Hall scored 13 points each to lead the Lady Redskins in the loss. Rylie Hallman scored eight, and Hallie West had seven.
The Lady Redksins advanced to the championship after knocking off Salina Central 55-46. Hall continued to shine for the Lady Redskins in the semi-final game with 17 points, and Contreras added 13.
Both Contreras and Hall were named to the all tournament team.
The Lady Redskins return to the hardwood Friday in a road game against the Guymon, Lady Tigers.