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Fast start for Spartans in holiday basketball

The Salem boys and girls got off to a good start in holiday basketball tournaments this week, as both teams won opening round games Monday.

Salem’s boys played in the Holiday Hoopla event at the Salem Civic Center while the girls were in the Lady Terriers Christmas Classic in Vinton. Tuesday and Wednesday results were not available due to early New Year’s deadlines but will be included in next week’s edition.

Kenzie Poindexter had a dozen points for Salem Monday.
Kenzie Poindexter had a dozen points for Salem Monday.

The Salem boys had an easy time in their Monday game at the Civic Center, downing Group A Eastern Montgomery 81-47. The Spartans led 53-33 at the half and kept rolling in the third quarter, running up a plus-30 lead before the benches cleared in the fourth quarter.

Reggie Barnette had 23 points and Stephen Barnette had 16 to lead the Spartans. A dozen different Salemites scored.

In other first round games Roanoke Catholic destroyed Hidden Valley, 83-38, in the opener and in the best game of the evening Cave Spring defeated William Fleming, 79-67. On Tuesday the Spartans played Fleming and on Wednesday it was Salem and Roanoke Catholic as the three River Ridge teams took turns against Fleming, East Mont, and Catholic.

Monday’s win lifted Salem to 4-1 on the season, and it was Salem’s fourth win in a row after an overtime loss to William Byrd to open the season. The Spartans are at Northside next Tuesday, then open the River Ridge season on January 7 at Cave Spring.

Salem’s girls got off to a good start in William Byrd’s tournament Monday, defeating Northside, 72-29, in the first game of the three-day tourney. Salem wasted no time getting started, taking a 24-6 lead after one period. The Spartans led 41-14 at the half and it was all over but the final numbers.

Tay Taylor led Salem with 19 points while Kenzie Poindexter and Lexi Patterson had a dozen each.

Salem improved to 6-0 with the win and advanced to Tuesday night’s semifinal game against Lord Botetourt, who took a 57-38 win over Heritage on Monday. Other first round games had Byrd defeated Cave Spring, 48-32, and Staunton River over Brookville, 43-39. Byrd and Staunton River played in the other semifinal, and the championship game was scheduled for Wednesday night.

The Salem girls return to action after the holidays with their River Ridge District opener. Salem will play host to Blacksburg on Wednesday, January 6.

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