GIRLS BASKETBALL Salem runs mark to 17-3 with win over Mooney
The two could meet again in the postseason.
By GARY HOUSTEAU
SALEM -- Behind the all-around stellar performance of Lauren Teal, who was one blocked shot shy of recording a triple-double, the Salem High girls basketball team earned a 47-26 victory against Mooney on Wednesday.
The 6-foot junior center for the Quakers scored 14 points, grabbed 12 boards and blocked nine shots against one of the area's more dominant post players, Aieshya Dixon, who will play at the University of Pittsburgh next season.
Dixon, matched up with Teal for the majority of the game, scored 10 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for the Cardinals.
"She's [played against] Dixon for a few years now, so it's nothing new," said Salem coach Steve Stewart. "She rises to the occasion against those talented post players. Tonight Lauren Teal was just a force inside."
Senior Abby Markovich scored 14 points to share scoring honors with Teal.
"You come out of a senior night and you know it's very emotional and you just hope your team gets focused and gets their thoughts in the game, and I thought we were there," Stewart said. "Defensively, it's one of the best games we've played."
It was hardly a good performance for either team offensively. The Cardinals (13-7) shot just 19 percent from the floor and trailed 11-3 after one quarter and 19-8 at halftime.
"I don't think we executed real well offensively, and obviously we shot the basketball probably the worst we shot it all year," said Mooney coach Roy Nard. "There's not much else to say. You don't do it offensively and you don't make baskets, you can't win the basketball game."
Stewart thought the Quakers, who shot 37 percent for the game, played better offensively in the second half. Salem extended the lead to 18 points (31-13) after three quarters and led by as many as 23 in the fourth.
"At halftime we thought we triggered a few a little quick and weren't patient on a few things," Stewart said.
"But we do that, that's been us all year, we go on little spurts where we can put up a lot of points in a hurry and sometimes we don't execute."
The teams could meet again in the sectional semifinals of the Division II tournament at Austintown.
Sarah Hamilton had 10 points and nine rebounds for Salem (17-3).
Gina Brunetti had six points and Anastasia Vouvalis added eight rebounds for the Cardinals.