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Salem hoops teams go 4-0 for weekend

CONYERS -- It was a perfect weekend for the basketball teams at Salem High School as the Seminoles swept a pair of doubleheaders Friday and Saturday.

In Region 8-AAAAA play Friday against Clarke Central, the girls won 63-51 and the boys prevailed 76-63 in the nightcap.

The girls never trailed, taking a 17-point halftime lead and cruising to the home win.

Nikkira Brown, a Palm Beach Atlantic University signee, led the Seminoles with 18 points, but she wasn't alone. Taylor King added 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the field; Ayanna Mitchell (10 points, 11 rebounds, five blocked shots and four steals) and Jennifer Tindi (seven points, eight rebounds and seven blocks) were huge contributors, while Shay Tarver chipped in with nine points.

The boys looked headed for their fifth consecutive loss, trailing by 10 in the third, but stormed back with a huge fourth quarter. Salem outscored Clarke Central 33-15 in the final period, thanks in large part to Dedrick Turner, who led the way with 27 points, and Jamaal Garror (24 points).

Saturday in Norcross, the boys reached their season high in points with an 80-66 victory over Meadowcreek. Turner and Garror again led the way with a game-high 22 points and 20 points, respectively.

After a rough stretch, the Seminoles, and first-year head coach Noah Harrell, head into the final week of region play feeling much better.

"Definitely needed these past two games," Harrell said. "Our seniors are starting to really step up and our underclassmen are really filling their roles. We need to keep this play up as we finish out region play heading into the (region tournament)."

Earlier, the girls won handily 69-50 thanks to four players reaching double figures in points. Kamesha Rogers led the way with 14 points, while Mitchell added 13 points and 10 rebounds and Tarver and Tindi added 11 points each.

Both Salem teams have the beginning of the week off before hosting region and county rival Heritage at 7 p.m. Friday.