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Salem finds way to advance

Friday, January 21, 2011

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AHEAD BY A STEP: Paige Hollis pulls up for a jumper as Kaitlyn Haney (12) and the Mammoth Spring defense closes in during the first round of the Izard County Tournament at Calico Rock. Photo/Mullins
Their free throw shooting may have been a bit sketchy down the stretch, but the Salem Lady Greyhounds still found a way to upset the Mammoth Spring Lady Bears in the opening round of the annual Izard County Invitational Tournament, Jan. 15, at Harold Ray Jeffery Gymnasium in Calico Rock.

Later in the afternoon, Mammoth Spring Boys squared things a bit with the Bears knocking the Salem Greyhounds out of the tourney field with a 68-41 victory.

In the girls' contest, Salem led the entire second half, but Mammoth Spring's chances at overtaking the Lady Hounds looked promising Salem struggled the charity stripe.

The Lady Greyhounds missed seven straight free throws and just hit one of 11 in the last three minutes of the game.

But Mammoth Spring struggled at scoring as well, with the Lady Bears able to score just one point in the last 3:40 of the game.

Jamie Bell posted six points in the first period to help Salem out to an 8-4 lead after one. Bell paced all scorers with a game-high 14 points.

Kaitlyn Haney (nine points) opened the second period by busting a trey for Mammoth Spring, but Callen Curtis (12 points) pulled the same trick to keep Salem on top 15-9.

Tiffany Angotti generated most of the Lady Bears' production on the offensive end in the second frame, tossing in all 13 of her points in the stanza.

A putback by Shy Smoot (four points) gave Mammoth Spring its first lead of the second period, 22-21, before Curtis knocked down a hoop in the paint at the halftime buzzer to give Salem a 23-22 advantage at the break.

The Lady Hounds picked up the pace on defense early in the third, and that helped keep Mammoth Spring from mounting a big charge.

A 6-0 run from Salem pushed the Lady Greyhounds' lead to 34-25 late in the third.

Jessy Jo Vest (eight points) hit a pair of free throws late and Haney added a jumper, but Salem took a 36-31 cushion to the final frame.

And although Salem left the Lady Bears plenty of chances to edge closer by an ice-cold performance from the charity stripe, Mammoth Spring could not capitalize, leaving the Lady Greyhounds with a 41-37 victory.

Ashley Brooks finished with nine points for Salem. Paige Hollis added four and Bethany Pate two.

Kayla Hale finished with three points for the Lady Bears.

In the boys' tilt, the Bears established an early lead and refused to budge.

Ryan Rich and Casey York (seven points) each hit an early trey for Salem in the first period, but Garrett Wooldridge (15 points) got free for six points down low, with Houston Cooper (13 points) draining a couple of triples out front, helping Mammoth Spring to a 16-8 lead after one.

The Bears extended their advantage to 23-8 by opening the second period on a 7-0 burst.

Justus Sparks tallied the Hounds' last seven points of the second, but Mammoth Spring took a 31-17 lead at intermission. Sparks led all scorers with a game-high 21 points for Salem.

The Bears kept up the pace in the third period, building a 48-28 lead at the end of three.

Caleb Brown scored 17 points for Mammoth Spring, while Chris Young and Mason Brown logged five points apiece. Matt Turnbough, A.J. Smith and Cortley Rutledge netted three points each. Seth Brown finished with two and Nick Shetrone one for the Bears.

Brandon Godfrey, Colby Harber, Chris Shaffer and Anthony Romine logged two points each for the Hounds. David Tarpley and Blake Hensley recorded one point each for Salem.



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