The Sloan-Hendrix junior Greyhounds made themselves right at home Feb. 15 in Salem as they swept the 2AA-North Junior High District Tournament, with the junior Lady Greyhounds defeating Mammoth Spring 51-42, and the junior Greyhounds claiming a 41-32 win over host Salem.
In junior girls' action, Sloan-Hendrix, the number one seed, broke away from the junior Lady Bears in the third period to take the district title.
The junior Lady Greyhounds led 10-8 after one, but Mammoth Spring, the number two seed, outscored Sloan-Hendrix 10-7 in the second frame to move ahead 18-17 at the half.
Sloan-Hendrix used two separate 6-0 runs in the third period to put some distance between themselves and the junior Lady Bears, leading 37-26 after three.
Mammoth Spring opened the last period by logging six unanswered points to climb back within four at 37-33.
This would be as close as the junior Lady Bears could get as Sloan-Hendrix scored their last eight points of the game from the charity stripe to take the district crown 51-42.
Ann Whiteside led the junior Lady Bears with 13 points, while Jodie Walsh added 10.
In boys' action, the Salem junior Greyhounds led for three periods, until Sloan-Hendrix swiped the lead with the first hoop of the last period and held onto it for the win.
Salem, the number three seed, jumped out to an 11-5 lead behind Chad Willett's seven first period points.
Sloan-Hendrix, the number two seed, made up some ground in the second period as Keith Ward got hot and tossed in 11 of his team's 15 points in the frame to trail by only two, 22-20, at the half.
Salem moved ahead by four points midway into the third but Sloan-Hendrix kept pace and the end of the period saw the game knotted at 30-all.
Four straight points from Zac Phillips opened the last period with the lead for Sloan-Hendrix and they refused to let it go as Salem could manage only one field goal in the period.
Ward finished the 41-32 victory for Sloan-Hendrix with four free throws.
Wesley James paced Salem with 11 points, while Chad Willett added nine.