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Quakers off to a solid start

South Range's Alexis Giles takes the ball up court as Salem's Rylee Hutton defends. (Photo by Anthony Fiuza)

GREENFORD — Salem girls basketball team set the tone early and got a balanced attack in its 37-21 victory over South Range on Monday night.

The Quakers outscored the Raiders 16-4 in the second period and played suffocating defense for most of the contest.

Salem’s Abby Perry had a team-high 10 points and teammate Rylee Hutton added nine points.

“Last year, we fell short to the Raiders. So, we knew we wanted revenge this year and we got that. This is a good start. We have confidence going into Wednesday and the rest of the year,” Perry said.

Salem head coach Sarah Hamilton loved the intensity Perry brought to the hardwood.

“I think Abby Perry stepped up massively and did a nice job of controlling her. I was really happy with our defense in the second and third quarter. I think first and fourth quarter we relaxed a little bit, but I was proud of our effort,” Hamilton said.

She added that it’s important for her Quakers (3-0) to have a better transition from their opportunistic defense to their steady offense.

“I think with the chaos that we create on defense, we need to learn to not let it translate into our offense,” Hamilton said. “Whether it’s making turnovers off of steals or something else, but overall we’ve got girls that can step up on any given night. I go 10, 11 deep and you’ll see our scoring spread out. If you stop one of us, someone else is going to step up.”

South Range, which is trying to find its rhythm with several newcomers, only managed five made shots in the first three quarters. The Raiders are 0-2.

“We’re a lot younger than we have been in the past. I told them we’re trying to fly the airplane while we’re building the airplane. Our defense was outstanding. Our offense needs to come from our defense,” South Range head coach Jeff Fishel said.

“We didn’t handle their pressure very well tonight. We’ve got to compete against each other a little bit more in practice and work on some of that stuff.”

Alexis Giles led the Raiders with 11 points. The senior caught her coach’s attention, because of her strong work ethic and competitive nature.

“She gets up and she’s here at 6:30 or 7 in the morning working on her shot. Lexi deserves the praise that she gets because she’s here working when nobody is watching her. She can peform when the stands are full,” Fishel said about Giles, who averaged nearly 13 points per game last season.

Game notes

¯Last season, Range routed Salem, 69-54.

¯The Raiders will begin Northeast 8 play against Girard on Thursday.

¯Meanwhile, Salem visits Canton South on Saturday.

SALEM: 3-16-8-10–37

SO. RANGE: 6-4-2-9–21

SALEM SCORING: Abby Perry 5 0-0 10, Rylee Hutton 3 3-5 9, Jenna McClish 3 0-0 6, Alanee Davidson 2 0-0 4, Alivia Davidson 1 0-0 3, Kaylee Carlisle 1 0-0 2, Abbie Davidson 0 1-2 1, Kami Rohm 1 0-0 2. TEAM TOTALS: 16, 4-8: 37.

SOUTH RANGE SCORING: Lexi Giles 4 2-4 11, Hannah Heikkinen 1 0-0 2, Emma Cunningham 2 0-0 4, Mallory Vidman 1 0-0 2, Sydney Penick 1 0-0 2. TEAM TOTALS: 9, 2-4: 21.

Three-point goals: Salem (Alivia Davidson), South Range (Giles).

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