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led by the score of 28-22 at the half. Salem came out of the intermission with another successful quarter in the third. The Blue Devils outscored Merrimack 20-13 in the third quarter and held a 48-35 lead going into the final frame. Merrimack made one last run at the Devils in the fourth, but Salem maintained its lead to go on for the victory. Salem outscored Merrimack 16-15 in the fourth. Amanda Bickford led Salem’s offense with 23
Salem’s Montana Davis works against a Merrimack defender
by Chris White The Salem girls’ basketball team earned a 64- 50 victory at home against Merrimack last Friday, January 27. It was the Blue Devils’ fifth win this season and their fourth against Division 1 competition. The teams were deadlocked at 12-12 after one quarter but Salem pulled ahead in the second and
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game’s final minutes. At that point, Salem guard Ben Slepian drained a three-pointer to make it 58-52. After a Salem stop at the defensive end, Slepian came back down the floor and nailed another jump shot, giving the Devils an eight- point
cushion, 60-52, with under a minute to go. Central
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continued to chip away at the lead again but could only come to within five points by the end of the game. The Blue Devils defeated Central 66- 61 for their seventh victory in Division 1 this season. The Devils now own a record of 7-3
Salem guard Ben Slepian (#14) drills one of his three three-pointers against Manchester Central
in Division 1 and 8-5 overall. “It was a great win,” Salem coach Rob McLaughlin said. “We just played our game. We played strong on defense and played our style of getting up and down the floor.”
McLaughlin also pointed to his senior captain
Jon Klecan for not only being a major defensive influence in Salem’s victory, but being an effective leader on the team this season as well. In his third year on the varsity squad, Klecan’s defense and leadership have been a large part of Salem’s success. “I can’t say enough about Klecan,” McLaughlin
said. “He’s our whole personality. If he turns it over, he gets the next play on defense. His attitude, effort, and mentality carry over to everyone else on the team.” Slepian led Salem’s scoring with a career-high 30 points, including three three-pointers and 13 points coming in the fourth quarter. Dan Salvo (three three-pointers) also reached double figures with 16 points. Klecan contributed nine points, while Joe Dube had seven points and turned in a strong defensive effort on the interior. Michael Felix and Jack Hartman also chipped in with two points apiece. Salem plays its next game on the road tonight
(Friday, February 3) against Alvirne. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.
points. Also scoring in double figures for Salem were Brenna Blakslee with 11 and Steph Long with 10. Alyssa Kolbert (nine points), Emily Hickey (seven points), and Jersey Burns (four points) also contributed to the scoring total. Blakslee (twice), Bickford, Hickey, and Long all drained three-pointers for Salem. The Blue Devils followed their win with a 63-54 loss at Manchester Central on Tuesday, January 31. The loss put Salem’s record at 4-8 in Division 1 this season (5-10 overall). The Blue Devils came out strong, taking an 11- 9 lead after the first quarter. Central would pull ahead of Salem in the second, however, as the Little Green held a 24-22 advantage at halftime. The third quarter made the difference in the game, as Central outscored Salem 22-10 in the frame. The Devils made a run at Central in the fourth, winning the final quarter 22-17, but Central held on for the victory. Hickey led Salem with 14 points, while Blakslee
had 13. Jersey Burns was also in double figures with 10 points and Bickford scored eight points. Salem returns to action when it hosts Alvirne,
Friday, February 3. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Salem guard Brenna Blakslee (#5) goes strong to the basket against Merrimack
Salem’s Amanda Bickford (#4) goes up for the lay-up over Merrimack’s Alison Latham
Blue Devils Take Down Manchester Central
by Chris White The Salem High boys’ basketball team hosted Manchester Central on Tuesday, January 31, in a game that was pivotal for positioning in the Division 1 standings. The Blue Devils entered the contest with a record of 6-3 in Division 1 (7-5 overall) while Manchester Central owned a Division 1 record of 6-2 coming in. Salem was also looking to get back on the winning track after a 62-52 loss at Merrimack the previous Friday night.
Salem held leads of 15-14 after one quarter and 34-30 at halftime. The Blue Devils created a little more breathing room in the third quarter, scoring 13 points and holding Central to nine points in the frame. With their defensive effort in the third, the Blue Devils entered the final quarter with a 47-39 advantage. Central made one last run at Salem in the fourth and closed the scoring gap to three with Salem leading 55-52 in the
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Girls’ Basketball Takes Victory Over Merrimack
Salem’s Dan Salvo (#11) leads Salem on the fast break with Blue Devils Joe Dube (#21) and Jon Klecan (#10) following
Staff photos by Len Lathrop
Staff photos by Chris White
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