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Lady Hounds repel Cedar Ridge

Thursday, January 15, 2009

THE BOUNCING BALL: Salem's Laci Long fights with Cedar Ridge's Micah Williams for control of the basketball in the Lady Hounds' 50-42 win. Photo/Mullins
Cedar Ridge kept hanging around, but Salem managed to do just enough to hold the Lady Timberwolves at bay, giving the Lady Greyhounds a 50-42 2-2A Conference victory Jan. 9 at the Dawg Pound in Salem.

Later in the evening, the Timberwolves overcame a big game from Salem's Shane Smith to knock off the homestanding Greyhounds by 10 points, 67-57.

In the girls' contest, Terra Kinder came out guns blazing and drilled a pair of treys for Salem's first two buckets of the game. Kinder led all scorers with 18 points for the night.

After Kinder's two bombs, Laci Long (seven points) added two free throws to give Salem an 8-0 lead.

Cedar Ridge broke the ice, with its first points coming nearly three minutes into the game, but Ashley Brooks hit a jumper and Kinder sank a pair of charity tosses to keep the Lady Hounds in front 13-7 after one.

Finally catching their breath a bit, the Lady Timberwolves got going in the second period. Cedar Ridge held Salem to just four points in the frame, a field goal and two free throws from Kinder, while outscoring the Lady Greyhounds 10-4.

A putback from Cedar Ridge's Christy Lovell knotted the game at 17-all at intermission.

Salem quickly righted its ship early in the third.

Chelsea Maguffee (10 points) scored the first three points of the stanza to give the Lady Hounds a lead they would not relinquish in the second half.

Up by just two points late in the third, Kelly Passmore dropped in a trey that pushed Salem in front 31-26 heading into the final period.

A hoop in the paint by Jamie Bell (eight points) with 6:08 left to play, gave Salem a six-point advantage.

Cedar Ridge never gave in, however, and Jordan Shelton hit a 3-pointer with 47 ticks left to keep the Lady Timberwolves within striking distance, down 45-40.

But Long, Kinder and Bell all hit timely free throws the last half-minute of the game to give Salem a 50-42 victory over Cedar Ridge.

Stephanie McCullough finished with two points for the Lady Greyhounds.

In boys' action, a big night from Shane Smith was not enough to keep Cedar Ridge from leaving town with a 67-57 win over the Hounds.

Smith led all scorers with 27 points for the game.

Hunter Limbaugh was the Timberwolves' driving force and he posted 24 points, coming up with some key buckets when Cedar Ridge needed them most.

Salem took an early 7-4 lead in the first period as J.W. Blevins (six points) hit the first of his two treys in the game, but Cedar Ridge came roaring back with seven straight points, jumpstarted by a 3-pointer from Limbaugh.

Answering with some big buckets of their own, the Hounds took a 14-13 lead thanks to a hoop and trey from Smith, along with a layup by Steven Eubanks (11 points) late in the first.

With four minutes left until the half, Salem still held the lead, but Cedar Ridge started making its move.

Back-to-back buckets from Peyton Kelch, combined with back-to-back treys by Limbaugh, pushed the Timberwolves in front 29-24 with two minutes left until the half.

Smith hit a layup with 23 ticks left in the first half, but after closing the second with a 12-2 run, the Timberwolves were in front 35-26 at the break.

Cedar Ridge kept this nine-point margin midway into the third, but Eubanks drilled a pair of 3-balls to keep the Timberwolves from running away.

With a touch over two minutes left in the third, Clint Ray slipped free for a layup and Smith nailed a triple to pull the Greyhounds within five, down 45-40, after three.

Salem kept pushing and a layup from Smith with 1:28 left in the game, saw the Hounds trailing 59-55.

But that was as close as the Greyhounds could get. Cedar Ridge hit eight free throws in the last minute of play to knock off the Greyhounds 67-57.

Dallas Holt finished with eight points for Salem.

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