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Greyhounds fall to Cedar Ridge

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Photo by Chris Phillips Salem senior Justus Sparks pulls up for a fade-away jumper against Cedar Ridge.
The Salem Greyhounds traveled to Newark for a showdown with conference foe Cedar Ridge on Jan. 8. The Timberwolves senior high girls and boys teams were both successful against the Hounds, but the junior Greyhounds managed to pick up a win.

The Cedar Ridge Lady Timberwolves jumped out to a 7-3 lead early in the first quarter, forcing head coach Scott Faulkner to take a time out to talk things over. Faulkner must have said the right things because, in the next two minutes, the Lady Greyhounds tied up the score at seven. Ultimately the Timberwolves took a 9-7 lead into the second quarter.

In the second quarter the Lady Timberwolves again asserted themselves, to the tune of an 11-0 run in the first six minutes of play, before Faulkner again used a time out. The first play out of the time out was a pass from Paige Hollis into the post to Salem's Sidney Mitchum, Mitchum then got the Hounds back on the scoreboard with 2:10 left in the second quarter.

Mitchum put in one more hoop before halftime, making the score 20-11 at the break.

A 7-0 run in the early stages of the third quarter made the score 20-18, and put the Lady Hounds within striking distance of Cedar Ridge with 5:25 left. The fire the Hounds played with in the early part of the third quarter was extinguished in the latter minutes, and the Lady Timberwolves took a 37-22 lead into the final period.

A 7-0 run to start the quarter for Cedar Ridge killed all hope for the Lady Greyhounds, and Salem eventually left with a 64-36 loss.

Despite the loss, Faulkner said the team should be ok moving forward.

"We've got kids who can shoot, and, when we try to go inside, they sometimes forget to shoot from outside. We're going to have to start hitting some shots to take some pressure off [Mitchum], Faulkner said.

Unlike the girls game, the senior boys game was never close. The Timberwolves took it to the Greyhounds from the opening tip.

With 6:32 left in the first quarter, Cedar Ridge was up 6-0, which forced boys head coach Tim Eckman to take a time out. Immediately after the timeout, Salem's Kyndal Smith hit a lay-up to get Salem on the scoreboard.

Salem's Cody Faulkner was the next Greyhound to score, he hit two free throws to make the score 12-4. By the end of the first quarter, Salem was down 24-9.

By halftime, the Hounds had dug themselves into a massive, 41-18, hole. At the end of the third quarter, the score was 62-33, and the Hounds eventually left Cedar Ridge with a 72-38 loss.

The silver lining for the Greyhounds is that 15 different players got minutes against the Timberwolves. Two Greyhounds had to sit because of health reasons, Hunter Medling is still out with the flu, and Blake Hensley is still out with a knee injury. A third starter for the Hounds was pulled in the first quarter because of a technical foul.

"I think the kids went out and played hard tonight, and the kids that aren't used to playing very much. Hopefully they learned some things they can use later. This was a good team to learn against, and to better yourself for the end of the season," Eckman said.

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