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Bergman's bad day

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

To borrow the title of a popular children's book, Bergman's trip to the Dawg Pound in Salem Dec. 11 could have been called "The Panthers and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day."

And that would have been an appropriate label for both the Panthers and Lady Panthers, as the homestanding basketball teams from Salem treated Bergman the way a dog might treat a favorite chew toy.

Chomp, chomp, chomp.

The Lady Hounds started the festivities off by blitzing the Lady Panthers 52-16, while the Greyhounds finished their visitors off by hammering the Panthers 49-23 in 3A-1 East action.

And both games were even more lop-sided than the final scores indicate.

In the girls' contest, an ugly third period for Bergman turned even uglier in the fourth.

The Lady Panthers managed just three points in the second half against Salem's defense; with all three points coming in the third period as the Lady Greyhounds enjoyed complete control of the game from the opening tip on.

The Lady Panthers, under pressure from Salem all night, struggled scoring the ball, shooting just 17 percent for the game while making just seven field goals for the night.

Bergman was under the 8-ball from the outset, as two Lady Panther starters had two fouls apiece just two minutes into the opening frame. Fouls were such a thorn in Bergman's side, that by the 3:56 mark of the first period, Salem was already in the bonus.

Jamie James (12 points) tossed in the last two hoops of the frame for the Lady Hounds, helping Salem to a 12-6 lead after one.

That lead continued to blossom in the second, as Salem dominated the offensive glass, racking up second and third attempts at a hoop when the first one missed its mark.

Leslie Taylor (13 points) kicked off the second with a trey for Salem, followed almost immediately by a 3-ball from James.

With Taylor and James maintaining control up top, Chelsea Maguffee (five points) and Jenny Neal (11 points) went to work in the paint, and were just too much for the Lady Panthers to contend with.

Down 29-13 at the half, Bergman did score the first bucket of the third period.

That was also the Lady Panthers' only hoop of the frame as Salem slammed the door shut in the stanza.

James nailed a triple and Neal hit for five straight points to push Salem's efforts with an 8-0 run.

The Lady Panthers broke this run with a free throw, but the Lady Greyhounds closed the period with four straight points, including a pair of free throws from Terra Kinder (four points).

After holding Bergman to just three points in the third, Salem headed to the final frame with a 41-16 lead on its side.

But just when it looked like things couldn't get any worse for Bergman, they did.

Salem outscored the Lady Panthers 11-zip in the fourth to wrap up its total domination of Bergman with a 52-16 victory.

Laci Long scored four points for Salem, while Kayla Wood tossed in three.

After watching their girl counterparts tear apart Bergman, the Greyhounds couldn't wait to hit the court and get in on the fun.

And they did just that.

Fueled by a game-high 26-point night from Shane Smith, the Hounds jumped in front early and had their way the entire game.

The Panthers did score the first four points of the game, but after that, it was go, Greyhounds, go.

Salem went on a 15-0 run late in the first and early in the fourth to jump in front 15-4.

Smith started the Greyhound spurt with back-to-back jumpers, while Logan Henley (seven points) added a bucket and Forrest Rose canned a trey.

The Hounds' scrambling defense gave the Panthers fits in the first half, with Bergman struggling to run any kind of an offense. And when the Panthers did manage to get a good look at the rack, they missed a number of point-blank layups and fell into a huge hole.

Scoring just eight points in the first two periods, Bergman was down 25-8 at the intermission.

Bergman did score nine points in the third, but it was still Salem all the way.

Smith knocked down 10 points in the third to help the Hounds to a 39-17 lead after three.

This cushion was more than enough to let Salem coast the rest of the way, posting a 26-point conference rout of the Panthers.

Adam Montgomery tallied six points for Salem, while Dustin Ray added three and Clint Ray two.

The Lady Greyhounds made it two conference wins in a row with a 54-49 victory over the Cotter Lady Warriors Dec. 14.

Salem trailed for a good portion of the night before rallying to win late. James led the Lady Hounds with 14, while Kinder added 13 and Taylor 10. Long and Stephanie McCullough had seven points each, with Neal adding three.

The Greyhounds fell to Cotter 74-58 later in the evening, despite having a four-point lead early in the last frame. The Warriors used a 24-9 burst to pull away from Salem in the end.

Montgomery sank a game-high 25 points for the Hounds, with Smith hitting for 13 and Steven Eubanks seven. Henley had five, Garrett Brickey four, while Matt Cochran and Rose logged two points each.

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