Salem Academy Girls Improve to 14-1, Guys to 12-3 With Wins Over Jefferson

By Jeremy McDonald

SALEM, Ore.–  The Salem Academy Girls Basketball team cleaned up a few things entering the second half of their 53-22 victory Tuesday night versus Jefferson.

“We did better in the second half, just pushing the tempo,” said Aimee Smith.  “Our first half was a little awkward just turning it over but  we’re just trying to push our tempo and to get us ready for Blanchet.”

Smith finished with 17 points and seven assist in the win; but before they get to the Cavailers on Tuesday, the Lady Crusaders have one more tough test in front of them in Colton Friday on the road.

Though the Vikings lost a big component from their playoff team last year, Head Coach Ben Brown knows that playing at and against Colton is always a challenge for them with the good core of players they have this year.

“Colton’s always solid, he (Kyle Gilstad) always does a good job coaching up there, he has a great group of girls that have good attitudes, they work hard for them,” said Brown.  “They’ve always been a tough school since they came back into the PacWest (Conference).

“And it’s always hard to play at Colton and being the late game, the 7:30 game out there is not easy because your spending the whole day watching the team’s  before you so it’ll be tough to get up for it but  the girls know that they’re a quality team, quality opponent so  we’ll come to play.”

Tip off is at 7:30pm

CRUSADER SCORERS- Smith-17.  Hardy-11.  Brown, S.-9  Baker-6.  Brown, G-4.  Standridge-4.  Gould-2.

BOYS BASKETBALL-Following their epic win the night before versus Cascade Christian, the Salem Academy Boys team didn’t look like they had any sort of fatigue from that game as they opened the game up 25-9 after the first quarter in their 66-43 victory over Jefferson to open the PacWest Doubleheader at home.

“I feel like we did great,” said Skyler Williams. “I feel like we came out with intensity again and that’s what we’re about.  We ran the floor like what we do and I say we played our basketball.”

The Crusaders will open the doubleheader at Colton Friday night at 6pm, and to continue their momentum from the last two games into that one, it all begins at practice Wednesday.

“Just getting it going in practice over the next few days,” “Just got to run through our plays, get everything down and just run the ball, run the court.”


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