Cowgirls drop all three games at SIT

Jan. 21—The Abilene Cowgirls narrowly missed winning a game for the first time this season a couple of different times in the Salina Invitational Tournament. In two of their three games, Abilene would lead late in the final quarter, but were unable to hold on for the victory.

The number seven seed Cowgirls nearly pulled off the upset of the tournament in the opening round Thursday night. Abilene would lead a majority of the game, only to have the Salina South Lady Cougars take the lead and win with under a minute to go for the 30-28 victory.

In their consolation game on Friday afternoon, the Buhler Lady Crusaders took control of the game in second half, and cruised to a 34-13 victory.

The Cowgirls would then narrowly miss out on a victory in the Saturday 7th place game against the Junction City Lady Bluejays. Both teams entered the game looking for their first win of the season. Abilene would lead a majority of the game, but the Lady Bluejays would win the game 26-25 on a layup with just eighteen seconds to go.

Abilene 28,

Salina South 30

The Cowgirls would open the game by taking an early 6-2 lead. Claira Dannefer would score all three baskets from inside the paint. Salina South would then closed out the quarter on a 7-3 run to tie the game at 9-9.

Both teams would struggle with scoring in the second quarter as combined they totaled just eight points. The Abilene defense would be nearly perfect, as they would give up just a single basket. The Cowgirls would get their three points a piece in the quarter from Dannefer, and Sammy Stout to lead 15-11 at halftime.

Abilene would extend their lead to six points after the third quarter. Callie Powell would lead the Cowgirls with two back to back baskets midway through quarter, for a 21-15 lead.

Salina South would open the fourth quarter with a 6-2 run that briefly gave them their first lead of the game 24-23 at the 5:13 mark. Hannah Walter would then score consecutive baskets for Abilene off of steals to gain back the lead 27-25. The Lady Cougars would capitalize from the free throw line for all of their remaining points, and hold on for the 30-28 victory.

Four players would score for the Cowgirls in the game led by Claira Dannefer with 11 points.

Scoring Summary:

Salina South 9 11 15 30 Abilene 9 15 21 28

Abilene (0-8): Claira Dannefer 11, Hannah Walter 7, Sammy Stout 6, Callie Powell 4.

Salina South (6-2): Paityn Fritz 11, Elle Barth 5, Tamia Cheeks 5, Mercedes Tarver 5, Brylee Moss 3, Aunisty McNeal 1.

Abilene 13,

Buhler 34

For three quarters, the Abilene Cowgirls stayed within striking range of the Buhler Lady Crusaders. Abilene would lead 4-2 after the first quarter, as Claira Dannefer and Renatta Heintz would both score baskets. Buhler would take their first lead of the game at the 5:54 mark of the second quarter and lead 9-8 at halftime.

The Lady Crusaders would open up the game in the second half, and out score the Cowgirls 25-5 the remainder of the game. Buhler would lead 19-11 after three quarters, and extend their lead in the fourth quarter for the 34-13 victory final. Abilene's five total points in the half would all come from Dannefer as she finished the game with nine points.

Scoring Summary:

Abilene 4 8 11 13 Buhler 2 9 19 34

Abilene (0-9): Claira Dannefer 9, Hannah Walter 2, Renatta Heintz 2.

Buhler (3-6): Natayla Krafels 10, Gracie Oard 7, Ella Voss 4, Sammie Brooks 3, Makenna Siemens 3, Emmie Stallman 2

Abilene 25,

Junction City 26

In a meeting between two teams that were both looking for their first victory of the season, the Junction City Lady Blue Jays took the lead with just 18 seconds to go and held on for the 26-25 one point victory.

The game was relatively tight the entire time. Junction City would lead 6-5 after one quarter, but the Cowgirls would flip the score and lead 10-9 at halftime.

A three point lead by Abilene after three quarters would have them leading 18-15. Their lead would continue throughout the fourth quarter until a converted layup by the Lady Blue Jays would give them a one point lead with just 18 seconds to go in the game. The Cowgirls would get a couple of more chances to tie, or take the lead, only to come up unsuccessful and fall by a single point 26-25. Eight players would score in the game for Abilene, led by Callie Powell with six points.

Scoring Summary:

Abilene. 5 10 18 25 (0-10)

Junction City 6 9 15 26 (1-10)

Abilene (0-10): Callie Powell 6, Renatta Heintz 5, Sammy Stout 4, Claira Dannefer 4, Hannah Walter 2, Adin Bruna 2, Jordan Signer 1, Kit Barbierri 1

Junction City (1-10): Nevaeh Rushing 8, Sara Rexrode 7, Amyah O'Neal 4, Makenna Hatcher 3, Breya Allen 2, Cassidy Miller 1, Morgan Naybus 1