A couple of big performances from a pair of underclassmen helped Salem to a sweep of Cave City in 3A-1 East hoops action Nov. 16 at the Dawg House.
Sophomore Chelsea Maguffee tossed in a game-high 24 points to help lead the Lady Hounds to a 68-64 win over the Cavewomen to start the night, while junior Shane Smith ended the evening by pouring in a game-high 27 in the Greyhounds' 64-57 victory over the Cavemen.
Both games were similar in flow, as Salem grabbed an early lead and then fended off late charges from Cave City.
In the girls' contest, the Lady Hounds were just too tough in the paint for Cave City, as Salem grabbed 27 offensive rebounds for the game, setting up the Lady Hounds for plenty of second- and third-chance points in the game.
It didn't help Cave City's cause one bit that the Cavewomen opened the game ice cold from the floor, going 0-for-four while Salem jumped in front 7-0 to get things rolling.
The Lady Greyhounds led 15-6 after one, and then extended this advantage to 20-6 early in the second, as Jenny Neal (six points) hit a pair of free throws and Terra Kinder (nine points) added a trey.
Amelia Bray (14 points) hit Cave City's first triple of the game at the 6:39 point of the second, as Cave City started to claw into the margin.
Brittney Landers (eight points) and Jordan Witt (14 points) joined in on the 3-ball fun, edging the Cavewomen within eight, 30-22 late in the second.
But Salem continued to pound the boards hard, resulting in a layup from Maguffee and a pair of free throws by Leslie Taylor (10 points) that sent the teams to intermission with the Lady Greyhounds in front 34-25.
Cave City finally looked to be on solid ground late in the third, down 10, before Salem scored six straight points on two possessions.
Maguffee stuck back a missed shot and then Jamie James (13 points) dropped the big hammer by draining a trey and getting hacked on the shot. James' 4-point play pushed Salem ahead 49-33 with 3:27 left in the third.
Cave City trailed 54-42 after three, but opened the fourth on an 8-0 run, fueled by four points from Witt.
Cave City's persistence finally paid off, as the Cavewomen managed to claw in front with 1:44 left in the game.
Witt swiped the ball from Salem under her own basket, and as she was falling out of bounds, flipped a behind-the-back pass to Bray, who immediately sank a triple to give Cave City a 60-59 lead.
Salem regained the lead at 64-61 with a strong showing at the charity stripe, going five-for-six, the last two from Maguffee with 54 seconds left.
But Cave City hadn't rallied from 16 points down in the third to go home quietly, and Bray popped her fourth trey of the night with 48 ticks left to knot things at 64-all.
Turns out those were also Cave City's last points of the evening, as Salem got a layup from Maguffee to push in front 66-64.
The last dagger for the Cavewomen was a pair of late turnovers, a double-dribble infraction with 21 seconds left, and a traveling violation with nine seconds, allowing Laci Long (five points) to finish things off with a pair of free throws to give Salem a four-point victory over Cave City.
The script was largely the same in the boys' tilt, with the Hounds jumping in front early and then hanging on late.
Salem hopped on top 22-8 after one, but the Cavemen started the second with an 8-0 burst to narrow the gap.
Salem regrouped and held a 31-22 advantage at intermission, thanks to 12-of-15 from the free line in a first half that saw the action slowed down considerably with a near-constant parade to the charity stripe. Cave City struggled a bit from the floor and the line in the first two periods, shooting just eight-for-14 from the free throw line.
The Greyhounds maintained the lead throughout the second half, although Cave City did pull within two, 52-50, late in the fourth thanks to a 3-ball from Aaron Holley (24 points).
But that would be as close as the Cavemen would get, as once again, Salem was on the money from the charity stripe.
The Greyhounds went nine-for-10 from the foul line in the last 28 seconds of play, as Salem held off Cave City 64-57.
Adam Montgomery finished with 13 points for the Hounds, while Matt Cochran added four.
Jonathan Hunter had 12 for Cave City, with Tyler Little adding nine. Ethan Smith and Alan Schultz tallied five points each, with Jon Rhoades posting two.
Cave City had a rough night in Stone County Nov. 13, as Mountain View swept their visitors in a pair of non-conference basketball games.
The Yellowjackets pushed past the Cavemen 52-28, pulling away from a 23-15 lead at intermission.
Ethan Smith paced Cave City with seven points, while Jonathan Hunter and Tyler Little had five points each. Aaron Holley, Dalton Bell, Justin Felts, Dexter Huckabee and Tyler Woods had two points each, with Brandon Gillihan adding one point.
To start the evening, the Cavewomen fell 45-43 thanks to a late rally from the Lady Yellowjackets.
Cave City held a 10-point lead in the third, but Mountain View managed to gain enough ground to win by two points at game's end.
Jordan Witt led Cave City with 15 points, while Cheyenne Childers had 14, Amelia Bray 12 and Brittney Landers two.