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Mitchell strong again in Seminoles’ lopsided win

Ayanna Mitchell had one of her finest games in a decorated high school career Friday and the Salem girl’s basketball team kept rolling along.

Mitchell scored 25 points on 11-of-16 shooting as Salem cruised past Cedar Shoals 61-29 in Region 8-AAAAA play. The junior added 13 rebounds and five steals, Shay Tarver had 12 points and Taylor King did a little bit of everything (eight points, six assists, six rebounds) in helping the Seminoles win their third consecutive game, all to start league play.

Salem, 5-2 overall, has defeated its first three region opponents - Flowery Branch, Loganville and Friday’s visitors from Athens - by an average margin of 25 points.

In the second game of the night the Cedar Shoals boys won for the fourth consecutive time, beating Salem 67-51.

Austin Samuel scored 14 points and Quentavious Byrd added 10 for the Seminoles, who since beating Flowery Branch in the region opener have dropped two straight.

“Just missed way too many easy shots,” said Salem coach Noah Harrell. “It’s too early (in the season, and) we have been in good positions, we just have got to start to convert.”