POLAND OH- Salem faced their first big test of the season on Wednesday night as they traveled to Poland to take one of the more dominant programs in our area. Salem used a strong 3rd quarter to secure a 46-41 victory.
Poland controlled the first half with strong defense. The Bulldogs and their trade mark trapping forced the Quakers into plenty of turnovers in the first two frames. Jackie Grisdale also put together a strong two quarters scoring 11 points.
It was Salem ray came out strong though after halftime. They forced a turnover on the first three Poland possessions on their way to a 12-2 run. The Quakers would eventually outscore the Bulldogs in the third frame 17-5. However, Bulldog Freshman Mary Brant came up with some big plays in the fourth quarter. With Poland trailing 39-36, Grisdale buried a three tying the game late at 39-39. Those were Grisdale’s only points of the second half. Salem closed the game on a 7-2 run including Kyla Jamison’s 20th point that gave Salem a 43-41 lead. It also push Jamison over the 1,000 point mark in her career. She managed to stay in the game with four fouls needing just one bucket to reach the career milestone.
Jamison led the Quakers with 20 points. Abbie Davidson added 10 for the Quakers. Casey Johnson finished with 8.
Grisdale led the Bulldogs with 14 points. Brant added 9. Sarah Forsyth had 5 big 2nd quarter points during Poland’s run before the half.
Salem will have their home opener on Thursday hosting South Range. Poland travels to Waterloo.