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Midland takes two at Dawg Pound

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

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BANG: Abbey Blevins drills one of her five 3-pointers against the Midland Lady Mustangs Jan. 12. Photo/Mullins
Through three periods of play, the Salem Lady Greyhounds did a pretty good job in keeping Farrah Turner, the Midland Lady Mustangs' high-flying point guard, in check, limiting her to just 12 points.

However, the final period of play was all-Turner, all the time.

Breaking free for 12 points, including eight straight to start the fourth period, Turner helped the Lady Mustangs ease past Salem 55-50 in 2-2A Conference play Jan. 12 at the Dawg Pound in Salem.

Later in the evening, the Mustangs knocked off the Greyhounds 70-45.

On the girls' side of things, Ashley Brooks (three points) hit a layup late in the third period, followed quickly by a jumper from Bethany Pate, to give Salem a 41-39 lead after three periods of play.

Then, Turner (24 points) responded for Midland by sinking four unanswered hoops to start the final frame, giving the Lady Mustangs a 47-41 lead.

The Lady Hounds used back-to-back buckets in the paint from Jamie Bell (14 points) to narrow Midland's lead to 48-45 with two minutes left to play in the game.

Salem even inched within one point, down 49-48, thanks to a huge trey off the hands of Abbey Blevins with a little less than a minute-and-a-half showing on the clock. Blevins drilled five 3-balls on the night, leading the Lady Greyhounds with a team-high 15 points.

Salem missed a couple of 3-pointers with time winding off the clock and Kerstie Bumpous (21 points) hit two free throws with eight ticks on the clock, preserving Midland's tight 55-50 victory.

The Lady Mustangs' first lead of the night did not come until midway into the third period. Salem opened the game with a 9-zip lead, thanks to three layups from Bell and the first of Blevins' trio of treys in the first period.

Callen Curtis (four points) added a 3-pointer of her own, helping Salem develop a 19-10 cushion after one period of play.

Chelsea Maguffee (eight points) hit Salem's first bucket of the second period, before Midland closed the gap with a 7-0 run.

The Lady Hounds had built a 30-22 lead with under two minutes remaining until intermission, when the Lady Mustangs scored the last eight points of the stanza to lock the game at 30-all at the half.

And although Salem led by a bucket after three, Turner got busy in the fourth, leading the Lady Mustangs to a five-point, come-from-behind win over the Lady Greyhounds. Mona McNease finished with three points for Sale, while Whitney Rose added one.

In boys' action, the Mustangs jumped out to an early lead and never trailed in their 70-45 win over the Hounds.

Derrick Tharp had a big night for Midland, sinking five 3-pointers en route to a game-high 27 points. Ben Lytle added 18 for the Mustangs.

Ryan Rich paced Salem with eight points. Dustin Ray and Brandon Godfrey posted seven points apiece, with Peyton Herron adding six. Colby Harber and Beau McBride added five points each, with Carson York logging four and Shane McNease three.

Midland led 19-11 after the first period, 40-19 at the half and 54-29 after three periods of play.

The junior Greyhounds started the evening off in fine fashion with a 48-14 blowout of the junior Mustangs.



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