Salem's girls survived against a strong push from a promising Newton team with a bright future, but Newton's boys dealt the Seminoles their second loss of the season.
Coming into the Salem/Newton girls game, you might've expected a bit of a lopsided win for Salem despite Newton having a better record. The Lady Rams gave it their all and almost came away with an upset but fell just short losing 60-59 as a half court shot clanked off the rim.
The Lady Noles led by as many as 12 points inside of five minutes left to play in the fourth quarter, but the Lady Rams didn't quit and made it a one point game with less than three minutes left.
Alexcia Chatman and Imani Broadnax led the charge for Newton scoring or assisting on almost each basket late in the fourth. B hit a long two to bring the Lady Rams within one at 54-53 under one minute and a half to play.
It was Rosie Kyles who made the play that seemingly put the game out of reach when Kyles hit a two from the corner after drawing a Broadnax foul (her fifth, fouling her out). Kyles missed the free throw but the Lady Noles led 56-53. A Newton turnover and two free throws from Shay Tarver put Salem up 58-53 with under seconds to play. Newton turned the ball over again, but Salem only made one free throw.
Chatman came roaring down the court and netted a three to to make it 59-56, Salem with 15.6 seconds to play. Tarver went one of two at the line on the following possession and Chatman hit another three to make it 60-59 with four seconds left. Two Noles' misses allowed one last Newton shot from half-court but it was too strong off the glass.
The boys game wasn't nearly as exciting as the girls, but it was everything you'd expect from Newton: a slow and steady pace, good defense and a win.
Donovan Grubb led all scorers with 18 points, as the Rams topped Salem 54-45 to remain undefeated moving to 6-0 on the season.
Newton picked apart Salem's defense and despite the Seminoles size advantage, which is something Noles' head coach Noah Harrell wanted to take advantage of coming into the contest, Salem couldn't attack Newton in the paint like they wanted.