SAVANNAH - Senior David Raudebaugh scored a 18 team-high points as the Salem boys (5-5) earned a trip to the championship game in the Savannah Holiday Classic with a 70-63 victory over Calvary Baptist on Friday night.
The Seminoles will play in the championship today at 5:30 p.m. against Windsor Forest at Savannah State University's Tiger Arena.
Zach Roddenberry and Julius Giles added 17 points to complement the balanced Salem scoring attack. Darius Ferguson also chipped in eight.
"Yeah, it's a pretty big win for us, and it was tough because they were getting to the line all night," Salem coach Darren Wilkins said. "They shot 34 free throws to our 25. They had two kids combined that shot 31, so it was a tough road win.
"Last night, we talked about the guys putting together a complete game because we kind of got over that hump where we overcame that bad spell we've been having.
"We put together a solid 32 minutes tonight. We're really playing the style of basketball that we want to play. All along, we've talked about playing at a faster pace because we knew teams were going to come in and double team Zach. We just played a complete game. In two of the games we lost leading up to this, we've had double-digit leads in the second or third quarter, but we let them slip away and let the game kind of slow down. The guys since we've been down here have just relaxed, and we've been attacking (on offense) all night."
Salem 66, North Augusta (S.C.) 31
The Salem girls (6-4) bounced back with a big win in the second round of the tournament over the 2007 Class AAAA runner-up in South Carolina.
Senior Courtney Hurt continued her strong play, collecting a team-high 26 points and 13 rebounds for the Lady Seminoles. Kentrell White added 12 points and Ariel Wynter finished with 10.
One of the keys to victory for Salem was the return of senior guard Rebecca Mitchell to the lineup. Mitchell had missed several games with a sprained ankle.
"We played really well. We were able to use Rebecca sparingly, but it made a big difference for us. She contributed in a lot of ways other than points," Salem girls coach Bill Roberts said. "I felt like we controlled the boards and were able to get our transition game going and score some points."
The Lady Seminoles advance to play Jonesboro today at 1 p.m. at Savannah Country Day School. Salem lost to Jonesboro 53-43 in the championship game of the season-opening tournament at Union Grove.