McDONOUGH - The Salem basketball program was swept Monday afternoon during the Henry County Classic.
In girls action, the No. 3 Lady Seminoles were upset 53-50, while the boys lost steam down the stretch, falling 60-55.
Jackson 53, Salem 50
After failing to convert from beyond the arc (3 of 28), the Lady Seminoles (11-2) saw their 10-game winning streak come to an end during the semifinals.
However, after going 0-for-12 in field goal shooting in the first quarter and a 7-6 deficit, it was realized that a boys ball had been used rather than a girls.
This came after a full eight minutes and a combined seven free throws.
"It was just a very slow start," Salem coach Bill Roberts said. "That situation with the ball did not help at all, but it didn't help (Jackson) either.
"They're sitting there in 2-3 and we're taking wide-open shots that we usually always hit wondering what's going on."
Down 21-17 at the half, the Lady Seminoles could not close the gap after each team chalked up 12 points in the third quarter. Salem recorded its first 3-pointer - a deep ball by Jaleen Thomas - with two minutes, 21 seconds left in the third quarter.
Despite tallying 21 fourth-quarter points - four more than the entire first half - Salem allowed 20 in the final eight minutes, 12 from the free-throw line.
The closest they got came with 6 seconds left after a field goal by Amber Johnson to make it 52-50.
Overall, the Lady Seminoles forced 27 turnovers leading to just five points scored.
Salem's Precious Elkins and Ariel Wynter each finished with a double double. Elkins scored a game-high 21 points and 10 boards, while Wynter added 15 and 16.
Jackson's Jasmine Smith scored a team-high 18 points.
Forest Park 60, Salem 55
Despite trailing by as many as 16 points at one time, the Seminoles (3-9) were unable to complete the comeback.
Down 43-27 with 2:46 in the third quarter, Salem coach Darren Wilkins went to his bench for a lift.
It turned out to be a good move, considering the Seminoles chalked up 22 points in the last frame and forced 10 turnovers.
Although the lead never swelled past five, Forest Park prevailed.
Brandon McCarden finished with a game-high 31 points, including 13 field goals. Teammate Lamont Jackson added 13.
Salem's Jarrett Brown had a team-high 16 points.
Dramel Oubre added 11, while Jonathan Slade and Shaquille Johnson had seven apiece.
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