3A STATE BASKETBALL: Salem makes most of its second chances, rolls to victory over Drew Central

ELKINS -- The number of second and third chances Salem's girls created were eye-catching, especially since they were dealing with a taller Drew Central team.

The Lady Greyhounds, however, weren't letting the opportunities go to waste. Salem took control by scoring a number of points off offensive rebounds and moved on to the quarterfinals of the Class 3A state tournament with a 73-40 victory Wednesday afternoon at Elk Arena.

"I've got a group that is relentless and plays hard," Salem Coach Josh Bateman said. "They just do a great job of playing their roles, and we talk about crashing the boards. We tell them you may not get the ball passed to you, but nobody says you can't go and get that thing."

Kassidie Gilbert's bucket gave Drew Central (20-11) a 4-2 lead two minutes into the game, but it only lasted 16 seconds. Madeline Keen put Salem (28-6) ahead at that point with her first of five three-pointers, and the Lady Greyhounds used their second chances and built a 19-10 lead after one quarter.

Keen's second three-pointer ended the first quarter, and her third capped a string of 11 unanswered points as Salem extended its lead to 30-10 with 5:25 before halftime. The Lady Greyhounds led 40-17 at halftime as Radley Reed hit a three-pointer at the buzzer, and they went to take a 64-33 lead after three quarters.

Marleigh Sellars had 18 points and Keen 17 to lead Salem, which will play in a 7 p.m. quarterfinal game Friday. Amari Lucas finished with 14 for Drew Central, while Chloe Anderson added 12.


Mirica Scott's breakaway layup broke an 8-8 tie and gave Dumas the lead for good just before the first quarter ended. The Lady Bobcats enjoyed a big second-quarter outing to pull away from Manila and claim its first-round victory.

Kendri Broughton, Stephana Steen and Alana Rounds combined for 22 points in the second quarter for Dumas (28-6), which outscored Manila (24-9) during that 25-9 time span and turned its lead into a 35-17 halftime cushion. The Lady Bobcats went on to lead 43-25 after three quarter and never allowed the Lady Lions within 12 points.

Broughton finished with 22 points to lead Dumas, which moved on to play Mayflower in today at 7 p.m. in the quarterfinals, while Steen and Rounds added 14 apiece. Lucy Farmer was the only Manila player in double figures with 12.


Mountain View outscored Jessieville 20-12 in the second quarter to take control and moved on to play a quarterfinal game Friday against Bergman.

Jessieville (28-6) took a 15-14 lead after one quarter on Kennedi Scrivner's three-pointer at the buzzer, but Mountain View (24-12) answered over the next 8 minutes and claimed a 34-27 halftime lead. The Lady Yellow Jackets held a 49-41 cushion to close out the third quarter and led by as much as 12 points before the Lady Lions cut it to 58-53 at one point.

Kaitlyn McCarn led Mountain View with 23 points and Ellie Akins chipped in 13. Payton Futch had 22 points for Jessieville while Karstyn Scrivner added 18.

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