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Greyhound girls take 2 from Cougars

Thursday, December 13, 2001

SALEM -- The ICC Cougars took the short trip up Highway 9 to Salem for a trio of conference games last week, and the host team claimed two of three contests from ICC. In the opener of the night, the junior Greyhounds started slow but used solid scoring in the final three periods to post a 43-23 victory over the junior Cougars. Nathan Criss led the way for the junior Greyhounds with 12 points, while Jason Sherrell paced the Cougars with 11. In the senior girls' matchup, the Lady Greyhounds came back for the win after trailing most of the game to claim a 68-60 win. ICC went up on the scoreboard first with a jumper from the free throw line, but the Lady Cougars didn't enjoy the lead too long, as Jennifer Innis knotted things up when she stuck back a rebound. The Lady Cougars reeled off five quick points, then Melissa Sherrell hit the short jumper in the lane, giving ICC a 7-2 lead. ICC had an 11-5 lead when Sherrell went to work. After sticking back a rebound, Sherrell then hit a couple of free throws after drawing the foul on a lay up on the break. Heather Bales stopped the run with a charity toss, but Sherrell matched her, keeping ICC's lead at 8 points. A free throw by Ashley Smith and a pull-up jumper from Innis closed the gap for the Lady Greyhounds, but ICC hit a trey from the left wing then followed up with free throw to push the Lady Cougars to an 18-9 lead. Heather Bales knocked down a jumper off the right wing at the end of the quarter, pulling the Lady Greyhounds back to within 7 points at 11-18. The Lady Greyhounds made their move at the start of the second period, ripping off 6 unanswered points to move to within a single point of ICC. Innis nailed a jumper from the left corner, then Jodi McCollum drilled one from the right corner, and Innis finished the run with a jumper from the right wing. ICC finally got going, and Sherrell came back with 5 straight points to push the Lady Cougar lead back out to 6 points. ICC tacked on another 2 points. The Lady Cougars led at the half 32-23. The Lady Greyhounds came out of the intermission with back-to-back baskets from Heather Bales and Tesa Bishop to close to within 5 points. ICC kept the Greyhounds at bay, but Heather Bales kept the Greyhounds in the running with a jumper off the left baseline Mandy Haney hit an 8-foot jumper off the right side of the lane, then Sherrell canned a couple of free throws to push the Lady Cougars lead out to 38-29. Andrea Bales nailed back-to-back turn-around jumpers off the right side to get Salem to within 5 points once again, but Sherrell hit a leaner in the lane and ICC hit a couple of free throws to push the Lady Cougars back up to 9 points. Salem closed the quarter on an 8-2 run, setting up a pivotal final stanza. ICC took a 44-41 lead into the final quarter, and promptly upped their lead with a short jumper in the lane, but the Greyhounds had started their run. Innis stroked a trey from the right corner, then Heather Bales converted two free throws to tie the game at 46-all with 5:50 left in the game. ICC hit a 16 footer from the top for the Lady Cougars, but Innis knotted the game back up with a couple of charity tosses. ICC regained the lead but it didn't last long; Salem took the lead for good when Heather Bales hit a jumper in the lane and then came back with two free throws to give the Lady Greyhounds a 52-20 lead. Erica Hall pushed the Salem lead on out to 5 points with a trey from the right corner. ICC closed the gap with a jumper off the baseline, but the Lady Greyhounds ripped off 6 quick points to take a 61-52 lead with 2:34 left in the game. ICC hit overdrive, and a pair of 3-pointers closed the gap to 3 points with 1:22 left. The clock became a huge ally of the Lady Greyhounds, and they used it well. After converting a couple of free throws to take a 63-58 lead, the Lady Greyhounds watched ICC hit a couple of free throws for ICC's final points of the game. Salem finished the game by hitting 5 more charity tosses to claim a 68-60 come-from-behind victory. Scoring for Salem: Heather Bales 21, Innis 19, Andrea Bales 8, Hall 8, McCollum 4, Smith 3, Winberry 3, and Bishop 2. For the Lady Cougars: Sherrell led with 20 points.

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