he Salem High girls basketball team tipped off the 2022 portion of their schedule with a trip to Blacksburg on Tuesday and dropped a 58-43 decision to the homestanding Bruins.
“They outrebounded us and shot the ball well,” said Salem coach Scott Jester. “We were kind of slow getting going. It probably hurt us to be out of school Monday but I’m not going to make excuses because it was the same for them.”
My’la Green led the Spartans with 13 points while Kenndy Scales and Madison Smith had nine each as Salem dropped to 6-4 on the season.
Last week the Spartans competed in the Knights Winter Classic at Cave Spring High School and finished sixth. The Spartans lost to William Byrd in the fifth place game, 54-48, to go 1-2 in the tournament. Salem had lost to Staunton River, the eventual champion, on opening night, then defeated Cave Spring on the second day to earn a spot in the fifth place game.
Scales led the Spartans against Byrd with 18 points while Green had 16. Three other girls combined for the remaining 14 points while Sophia Chrisley scored 28 for Byrd, including three three-pointers.
The Spartans are home for their next two games, Friday against Cave Spring and Monday against Northside. Then they play at Lord Botetourt next Wednesday, January 12.
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