Salem girls win 10th straight

After Monday’s game against Gainesville, Salem girls basketball coach Rochone Diligard said she was happy with her team because they are “doing what they do.” What the Seminoles do is continue to win each and every night.

Ayanna Mitchell had 14 points and 18 rebounds and the Seminoles had another strong defensive effort in a 50-38 victory over Gainesville.

Salem stayed unbeaten at 9-0 with its 10th consecutive victory. The Seminoles have allowed and average of just 34 points during their winning streak, which began November 26.

“I’m happy because we’re executing…we’re just trying to get better every night. So I’m happy with our execution and how we’re improving,” said Dilligard. “Our kids have really bought into the team concept that we’re running and the defense that we’re running. We change up defenses (and) we really take great pride in keeping the other team low in scoring and taking difficult shots.”

Jennifer Tindi added 11 points and nine rebounds and Shay Tarver chipped in with nine points and five assists for Salem, which shot 55 percent from the field against the host Red Elephants to improve to 12-2 overall.

Things have gone a lot differently for the Salem boys, who haven’t won in exactly one month after a 74-60 loss to Gainesville in the nightcap.

Despite 15 points from Austin Samuel and 14 out of Robert Baker, the Seminoles dropped their eighth consecutive game.

“Really missed on several opportunities to climb back because of bad turnovers,” said Salem coach Noah Harrell.

Salem, which fell to 4-12 overall and 2-7 in Region 8-AAAAA, last tasted victory December 14 against Winder-Barrow.

“Consistency across the board, whether it’s been the line up or their play,” Harrell said as the reasons for the losing spell. “We have been in good positions to excel, but keep missing easy opportunities, which leads to frustration.”