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Lady Greyhounds cream Cotter

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Abby Blevins fires up a long shot against the Cotter Lady Warriors Jan. 13. The Lady Hounds won 75-40. Photo/Mullins [Order this photo]
Sidney Mitchum had one huge night on the offensive end of the court but, ultimately, it was the way that the Salem Lady Greyhounds played on the defensive side of the ball that lead to a 75-40 dismantling of the visiting Cotter Lady Warriors, on Jan. 13 in 2-2A action at the Dawg Pound.

And this one never really was close, as the Lady Hounds flexed their muscles all night long.

Cotter simply had no answer for Mitchum in the paint, as the Lady Hounds' sophomore post player torched the Lady Warriors time after time, scoring 26 points in the first period alone, en route to a big-time 31 points for the game.

The middle was certainly opened up for Mitchum by the way that Salem played defense, keeping Cotter on its heels from the opening tip.

When the Lady Greyhounds' trapping defense didn't force Cotter to give the ball up before halfcourt, Salem's defense in the halfcourt was just as problamatic for the Lady Warriors, as the home team turned miscues into easy points.

Abby Blevins (seven points) started things off fast for Salem with the game's opening hoop, followed by buckets from Dalina Perkey (12 points) and Hailey Crisp (five points).

With an 8-5 lead midway into the first period, the Lady Greyhounds went on a huge 18-2 period-ending run that blew the doors off Cotter.

Mitchum had a pair of old-fashioned 3-point plays during this stretch, while Whitney Ward (six points), Perkey and Blevins all got in on the fun.

Up 26-7 after one, Salem didn't ease up any.

Mitchum scored 10 straight points on the low block for Salem in the second, helping the Lady Greyhounds to a 45-21 advantage at intermission.

Things didn't go any better for Cotter in the third, as Blevins and Baylei Lamar (10 points) both knocked down treys in the frame, pushing Salem in front 61-36 after three periods of play.

Whitney Rose and Emily Johns finished with two points apiece for the Salem Lady Greyhounds.

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