Board Advantage A Big Key In Salisbury MSHSAA Semi-Final Win Over North Andrew

Salisbury’s Panthers outrebounded North Andrew 40-27 and had 14 offensive rebounds and kept the Cardinals at bay most of the second half.  Salisbury defeated North Andrew 64-42 in the Class 2 Boys Semi Final of 2021 MSHSAA Show Me Showdown held at JHQ Arena in Springfield on Thursday afternoon.

North Andrew scored the first basketball of the game on a drive by Tanner McDaniel to take a 2-0 lead, but Salisbury countered with the next 9 points over the next 4 minutes to take an 11-2 lead.  North Andrew eventually struggled with their perimeter game most of the game.  North Andrew averaged 30 percent from the field from 3 point range most of the season, but shot just 15 percent against some man and zone from the Panthers.

North Andrew crept back in it in the 2nd quarter briefly with a 5 point flurry by McDaniel and drew back within 22-20 with 2:46 left, but Salisbury finished the quarter with an 8-0 run and had their biggest first half lead at halftime.  North Andrew got back within 7 in the 3rd quarter with 5 minutes left, but Salisbury countered with a 14-4 run and led 46-29 entering the 4th quarter.

Tanner McDaniel scored 18 points in the game, but had to do that mostly inside.  He was 2-10 from 3pt range.  Owen Graham added 8 points and 12 rebounds.

North Andrew will face Norwood in the Class 2 Boys Consolation Game on Friday at noon.  Norwood lost their semi final to Campbell 54-42.

North Andrew Head Coach Wade Bryson talked briefly following the game.