Jumping right back into 2AA-North play after spending the holidays at the NEA Tournament, the Salem Greyhounds welcomed the Izard County Consolidated Cougars to the Dawg Pound Jan. 4 for a couple of games, with the two schools splitting wins on the night.
The Greyhounds outdistanced the Cougars 46-37, while the Lady Cougars evened the action with a 51-31 victory over the Lady Greyhounds.
Thirteen points from Phillip Taylor helped the Greyhounds (7-6, 3-2) to a nine-point win over ICC (14-7, 6-3), negating a game-high 18-point effort from the Cougars' Justin Burns.
Kyle Estes added 11 for Salem, which trailed 20-17 at the half, before regrouping to pull ahead 30-28 heading into the fourth period.
Three players scoring in double figures helped ICC (14-5, 7-2) slide past Salem (6-7, 3-2) in girls' action to open the evening.
Sammi Fowler posted 15 points, while Lauren Cunningham logged a 14-point, 10-rebound double-double, and Brittney Richardson followed with 13 points and eight rebounds, as the Lady Cougars knocked off the Lady Hounds 51-31.
Lairen Hall paced Salem with 15 points.
A 24-point effort from Chad Willett helped Salem ease past Flippin 52-42 at home Jan. 7.
Ending the contest on a 6-0 run, the Greyhounds kept the Bobcats at bay the last two minutes of the game for the victory.
Taylor added 10, with Nathan Criss and Kyle Estes tossing in seven points apiece. Derek Estes tallied four points for Salem.
The Hounds opened the game on a 7-zip run and never looked back on the night.
The Lady Bobcats evened things on the evening by besting the Lady Greyhounds 58-39 to open play at the Dawg Pound.
A 17-0 run by Flippin over the course of the second and third periods was too much for the Lady Hounds to overcome.
Brittney Bales paced the Lady Greyhounds with 11, while Lairen Hall followed with 10. Carrie Johnson added seven, with Tabitha Hall and Tori Watkins logging four points apiece. Bailey Wagner scored two, and Hannah Bray posted one point for Salem.