The Salisbury Panthers rallied from an early eight-point deficit to defeat Harrisburg 59-52 and capture their third straight district title. Harrisburg led 20-12 early in the second quarter, but Salisbury gradually got back into the game. The Panthers grabbed their first lead halfway through the third quarter on a three-pointer by Ryan Binder. They then expanded the lead early in the fourth quarter with a quick burst.
Colin Schowe with the call on 99.9 The Captain and centralmoinfo.com. The Panthers built a lead as large as twelve in the fourth. Cooper Francis led them with 15 as seven different Panthers landed in the scoring column. Salisbury coach Kenny Wyatt praised the balanced effort.
The fifth-ranked Panthers improve to 25-3 on the season and will face unbeaten Lincoln in the Class 2 Sectional Monday at Capital City High School. Wyatt said this was a great first step for his team.
The Bulldogs were led by Trace Combs with 19 points, while Braden Wyatt added 17 and Hayven Samuels chipped in with ten. Harrisburg coach Kyle Fisher said Salisbury’s defense played a big role in the second half turnaround.
Harrisburg graduates four players from this year’s team, which went 18-11. Fisher said the seniors overcame a lot to excel at a high level.
This marked the second straight year where Salisbury defeated Harrisburg for the district championship.
Salisbury coach Kenny Wyatt
Harrisburg Coach Kyle Fisher