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Salem boys secure spot in state tourney

The Salem boys basketball team has now spent the last three Februarys making history. Dedrick Turner scored 19 points and Demyon Greenwood added 18 as Salem defeated Winder-Barrow, 64-57 in the quarterfinals of the Region 8-AAAAA tournament at Apalachee High School. The win secures a spot in the state tournament for the third consecutive year for the Seminoles, who before the 2010-2011 season had never competed at the state level.

Turner not only led in scoring but shut down Winder's Travis Demeritte during the final two quarters. Demeritte had 20 first-half points, but going against Turner in the second half was held to just six more points.

"Turner stepped up and shut (Demeritte) down," Harrell said.

In the girls tournament, local rivals Salem and Heritage will play in today's 4 p.m. quarterfinals with a state tournament spot on the line. No. 4 seed Salem won 11 of its last 14 regular season games -- and its last five consecutively -- to finish with a 10-6 league mark, while the No. 5 seed Patriots went 8-8 in league play.

The home team won both of the close regular season matchups. In December, Heritage won 41-39 and Salem evened the series February 1 with a 39-32 victory.

For complete coverage of Salem's win and the Salem-Heritage girls recap, pick up a copy of Thursday's Citizen.