And on this night, the home squads held serve, as the Lady Longhorns knocked off Salem 50-40, while the Longhorns completed the sweep of Salem with a physical 74-58 victory over the Greyhounds later in the evening.
In the girls' clash, the first three periods were up for grabs, as neither side could pull away from the other.
However, the fourth period was the exact opposite.
Salem went without a field goal for a nine-minute stretch during the last two periods of play and that was all that the Lady Horns needed for some breathing room. The Lady Longhorns outscored Salem 12-4 in the fourth period to put the game away.
Viola held a 38-36 lead heading into the final frame, when things went south for the Lady Greyhounds.
A free throw from Chelsea Maguffee (14 points) with 7:07 on the clock, was the first points in the fourth for Salem. It was also the Lady Hounds' last points for quite a while.
Leslie Barker dropped in five straight points for Viola, starting a big 9-0 run for the Lady Horns.
Elisabeth Collins (nine points) added a hoop in the paint and Taylor Griggs (nine points) kicked in a pair of charity tosses.
Terra Kinder (14 points) finally stopped the run with a trey, Salem's first field goal of the fourth, but it came with just 38 ticks left in the game and with the Lady Hounds behind 47-37.
Chasidy Hutson (12 points) and Collins sealed the deal with three points from the foul stripe, giving Viola a 10-point win over their Fulton County neighbors from Salem.
Viola jumped in front 9-2 in the first period, paced by five points from Dedra Johnston (11 points).
But Salem fought back thanks to a 7-0 burst that knotted the game at 9-all. Jamie Bell (three points) started the run with a jumper and Kinder capped it with the first of her four triples in the game.
Hutson sank a hoop in the paint at the end of the stanza to give the home team an 11-9 advantage after one.
Maguffee tossed in Salem's first six points of the second, but a 5-0 spurt by Viola gave the Lady Longhorns a 21-15 lead right before the half.
Then Kinder got hot and drained a pair of 3-balls inside the minute mark, the last coming with 36 seconds left, to send the teams to intermission tied at 22-all.
Early in the third, it was Kelly Passmore's time to get hot. She canned two straight 3-pointers to help Salem to a 29-25 lead, its first of the night.
As it turns out, this was also the last time Salem enjoyed the lead.
The Lady Longhorns ripped off the next nine points of the game, highlighted by a Johnston shot from downtown, to edge back in front for good.
Kristen Montgomery and Heather Simmons finished with two points apiece for Viola.
Stephanie McCullough tallied two points for Salem, while Laci Long had one point.
On the boys' side of things, Marlin Coggins put on quite a show, especially in the first half, to help the Horns to a 74-58 win over Salem.
Coggins logged 24 points, 16 coming in the first half, to lead Viola in the hotly-contested clash.
A jumper from J.W. Blevins (nine points) gave Salem a 6-5 lead midway into the first period, but then Viola took over from there.
Coggins nailed a jumper, followed by back-to-back buckets from Dylan Holstine (seven points) and Blake Baumunk (eight points) to get the Horns rolling. A stickback by Jackson Rains (13 points) ended the first period with Viola climbing back on top 15-9.
The Horns stretched this margin to 22-12 in the second, before the Greyhounds went on a tear.
Dallas Holt (12 points) hit a jumper, followed by a couple of layups from Steven Eubanks (10 points) that were sandwiched around two charity tosses by Shane Smith (19 points), part of a 10-2 run by Salem that pulled Salem within two, 24-22.
Coggins provided the run-stopper, a traditional 3-point play with 3:23 left until the half.
Smith unloaded for six straight points in the last two minutes of the half, but the Longhorns had the last say, with Jordan Cotter (eight points), Rains and Coggins teaming up to end the first half on a 6-0 run to give Viola a 39-30 lead at the half.
Salem unleashed its scrambling, pressing defense early in the third, but the Horns were hardly fazed and by the end of the third, Viola had extended its margin to 60-48.
Levi Flemming (10 points) opened the final frame with back-to-back layups for the Longhorns, giving Viola a 64-48 lead.
Blevins hit a jumper for Salem's first bucket of the frame, but Viola maintained control with a 10-0 burst that helped the Horns to a 74-58 victory over the Greyhounds.
Jesse Shrable tallied two points for Viola.
Clint Ray had four points for the Hounds, while Jeremy Lance, Dustin Ray and Clint Pleasant had two points apiece for Salem.