JASPER, Ind. — Benton Central rode an enormous inside recreation from Audrey Strawsma and made clutch free throws down the stretch for a 48-34 win over Salem within the IHSAA Class 3A semistate at Jasper Excessive Faculty on Saturday.

The 5-foot-10 junior finished with 20 points and 15 rebounds.

Benton’s victory was a subdued one as Salem senior Mackenzie Underwood was injured with 32 seconds to play when the senior got here down onerous preventing for a rebound and slammed her head on the ground. She laid on flooring for over 15 minutes as medical crews attended to her, before being taken to the hospital on a stretcher.

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Salem women basketball coach Jerry Hickey preps his group for Saturday’s recreation. (Photo11: Eric Throne/Particular to the Courier Journal)

Underwood was Salem’s main scorer on the night time with eleven points.

Both teams got here out trying to get the ball into the paint. Salem led four-2 earlier than Strawsma began to seek out open appears underneath the basket and the Bison jumped out to a 10-four lead behind 6 straight from her.

Salem (24-four) struggled to get many open seems to be while the Bison protection was forcing turnovers and steals with their havoc fashion of defense.

Salem struggled to seek out any method to get the ball inside to middle Letti Good as Strawsma stored backing her away from the basket.

Strawsma stored pushing the Bison lead on offense with six of her staff’s seven points within the second quarter and 14 of their 19 first half factors as they led 19-7 at intermission.

Salem hit just 3 of 14 photographs for 21.4 % from the sector within the first half and missed 5 of 6 free throw attempts.

The Bison (26-4) didn’t fare a lot better, hitting 9 of 23 photographs and 1 of 2 free throws.

Leah Miller’s foul photographs have been the first factors for Salem in over three:30 minutes opening the second half.

The Lions had a chance to chop into the lead, but their foul capturing woes continued and Benton Central went on an 8-0 run to close out the third quarter and led 29-16.

After Salem minimize the lead to eight a number of occasions in the fourth quarter, Benton Central beginning holding the ball and forcing the Lions to foul.

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Miller’s layup with 1:58 to play cut the Bison lead to 40-34, the closest Salem had been since the start of the 2nd quarter.

However, the Bison hit their foul shot down the stretch to secure the win. They connected on 16 of 20 for the game, including 15 of 18 in the second half. Benton Central also shot 16 of 40 from the field, but were 0 of 8 from 3-point range.

Salem hit just 12 of 33 from the field for the game including only 1 of 14 from beyond the arc.

Benton Central will face the winner of the Marion and Northwestern game at 6 p.m. on Saturday, February, 23 at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

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