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Mitchell, defense keep Salem girls unbeaten in league

Ayanna Mitchell just missed a triple-double and the Salem defense was outstanding in a 57-31 victory over Loganville Tuesday.

Salem, which improved to 2-0 in Region 8-AAAAA and 4-2 overall, had 30 steals, seven coming from Mitchell and nine from Rosie Kyles in defeating Loganville for the fifth consecutive time.

The Seminoles received contributions from a number of players as Mitchell had 17 points and 10 rebounds, Taylor King added 14 points and seven rebounds, Jennifer Tindi had seven points and 10 rebounds and Shay Tarver handed out six assists, while Kyles grabbed 10 rebounds.

Despite visiting Salem shooting just 35 percent (20-of-57) from the field, Loganville dropped its fifth consecutive game in the series. The Red Devils last win over Salem came in February, 2011.

The Salem boy’s dropped the nightcap 51-44. Jarrett Cook and Quentavious Byrd led a struggling Seminoles’ offense with seven points each.

“We did what we wanted to defensively, but not offensively, which was disappointing,” said Salem coach Noah Harrell, whose team fell to 2-2 overall and 1-1 in Region 8-AAAAA. “Missed a lot of lay ups in the first quarter, which hurt. We really felt like we gave the game away because of the missed opportunities.”

Salem hosts Cedar Shoals in a doubleheader Friday with the girl’s game tipping at 7:00 p.m.