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Salem rallies to beat Rayen



Published: Thu, December 15, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



The Quakers finished the game on a 17-0 run for a 57-52 victory.

By JOHN BUTERA

Vindicator Correspondent

SALEM -- It was a game where all you really needed to see was the fourth quarter.

Ask anybody about the first three periods in Salem High's 57-52 win over The Rayen School Wednesday night and they probably wouldn't remember a thing. But ask them about the fourth quarter and they could probably provide a basket-by-basket account.

Trailing 41-36, Rayen put together a 16-1 run that looked to put the Tigers in control -- until Salem (4-1) finished with a 17-0 rally to come up with the win.

"We got too content with that big lead," said Rayen coach Tanisha Franklin. "Way too content."

"We were on our heals and they [Rayen] were being aggressive," said coach Steve Stewart of Salem. "Then they were on their heals and we started being aggressive."

Tigers' streak

The Tigers' Brittany Taylor started her team's streak with a 3-point shot with 7 minutes, 16 seconds remaining in the game. Taylor had just returned to the game after going to bench with her fourth foul which she picked up with 5:50 remaining in the third quarter.

Tierra Jones then tied the score with a 2-pointer, and before long Jones had nine points in the quarter and Taylor added three more, as Rayen went ahead 52-42 with just 2:41 to go.

Salem was having trouble both shooting and protecting the ball -- the Quakers had just four shot attempts (making one) with four turnovers.

Quakers end drought

Then began the complete turn of events. Salem finally ended a scoring drought of 5:10 while the Tigers started to mishandle the ball.

Rayen's next possessions went turnover, two missed shots, another turnover, a missed free throw, then a missed layup and finally a traveling violation when the Tigers had a chance to salvage at least a tie with 12 seconds remaining.

Salem, meanwhile, answered on every trip down the floor. Four different players contributed to the game-ending 17-0 run.

"The game is 32 minutes long," said Franklin, "and you have to play all of them, especially against a team like Salem that's used to winning. We just did too many little things wrong. Missed free throws, missed box outs and turnovers."

"A win like this really gives you a lift," added Stewart. "Good teams have to find a way to win and this is the second time this year we've done this. Early on we had a hard time finding our rhythm. But even when we were down I told the girls we had a lot of time. We just had to protect the basketball."

Davidson sprarks Salem

Salem trailed 24-21 late in the first half before Natalie Davidson, who scored 10 of her team-high 21 points in the second quarter, guided the Quakers on an 8-0 run.

Kelly Roelen and Leah Perry added 13 points each.

For Rayen (2-2), Jones scored 21 points, while Taylor added 15 and Danielle Liggins finished with 12. Only four players scored points for the Tigers.




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