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Salem sweeps, Patriots split
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The Salem Seminoles started their senior with a bang Saturday night, as both the boys’ and girls’ programs picked up season opening wins.

The girls’ varsity team earned a 79-34 victory over Meadowcreek, while the boys’ varsity team needed two extra periods of action to down the Mustangs 88-84 in double-overtime.

The Lady Seminoles were led by Ayanna Mitchell, who tallied 25 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in the season opener. Junior Shay Tarver added 14 points and seven assists, while Taylor King and Jennifer Tindi combined for 19 points. Tindi also added 10 rebounds, finishing just two points shy of a double-double, and had five blocks.

Austin Samuel led the boys’ team with 25 points, while Kristopher Bridgeman added 23 points in the season-opener.

The Lady Seminoles return to action Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Norcross, while both teams travel to Newton Friday for a 7 p.m. doubleheader.

Patriots earn win

The Heritage varsity boys basketball team earned its first victory of 2013 under first-year head coach Ralph Denmark, holding on for a 41-37 road victory over Woodland.

The Patriots trailed 11-5 after the first quarter, but battled back to take a 25-18 lead at halftime. Heritage held the Wolfpack to just six points in the fourth quarter to seal the win.

Rashad Jones and Isaiah Banks led the Patriots in double figures, with Jones scoring 11 points on 2-of-11 shooting, with a pair of 3-pointers. Banks finished with 10 points while shooting 50 percent from the field. Banks also finished with a team-high eight rebounds in the win.

The Lady Patriots did not fare so well on the road, however, falling to Woodland 56-22 in their season opener.

Woodland held the Lady Patriots scoreless in the first quarter, while limiting Heritage to just seven first-half points.

Both teams return to action Tuesday night at home against Cedar Shoals in region play.