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Salem hoop teams split against Loganville

LOGANVILLE -- Taylor King was the hero Friday in Walton County. The junior snapped a 51-51 tie against Loganville with a go-ahead 3-pointer with 3.7 seconds left as the Salem girls picked up a 54-51 victory in Region 8-AAAAA play.

The Seminoles, who got 22 points from Palm Beach Atlantic signee Nikkira Brown and 13 points from King, won their second consecutive game, improving to 6-5 against league foes and 10-9 overall.

Loganville fell to 4-7 in region play and 9-10 overall.

The Salem boys didn't have the same kind of luck as Loganville built a 17-point halftime lead and cruised to a 72-63 victory.

Salem (10-9, 7-4 Region 8-AAAAA) cut the deficit to five with five minutes left, but poor free throw shooting doomed the Seminoles to their third consecutive defeat. Jamaal Garror led the Seminoles with 18 points.

"Real disappointed with our effort from start to finish," said Salem coach Noah Harrell, whose team lost its third consecutive game, two of which came on the road this week.

Both Salem teams host Cedar Shoals on Tuesday starting at 6 p.m. with the girls game. The boys game will follow at 7:30 p.m.

"Really need to rebound at home ... after these two disappointing losses on the road," Harrell said.