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Tamassee-Salem girls fall short in season opener

SALEM — The Tamassee High School girls’ basketball team opened its season on Friday night in Salem, and held its own for most of the game.

However, a few brief lapses on the part of the Eagles cost them the game, as they lost a close out-of-conference game to Liberty by a final score of 49-43.

Tamassee-Salem (0-1) got off to a slow start and trailed 16-8 after the opening quarter, as Taylor Cowan and Kristin Lee had big quarters for the visiting Red Devils who jumped out on the Eagles from the opening whistle.

Eagles’ head coach Fred Gregg said following the game the first few minutes of the contest proved to be crucial, as his team came out a little cold in its season debut.

“At the start of the game, we didn’t have a lot of confidence,” he said. “Then Anna Rogers hit a three and Deanna Lester hit one too, and we were right back in it. We were neck and neck, and the ball fell for them and didn’t fall for us, and that was the difference.”

Lester and Rogers finished with 20 and 12 points, respectively, and righted the ship for the Eagles heading into the fourth quarter, trailing by only four points.

The game got physical in the final period, as a number of fouls were called both ways. Lester hit a three-pointer late in the quarter to put the Eagles down only one at 44-43, but it was the last time her team lit up the scoreboard.

Lee and Cowan rounded out the scoring for the Red Devils, as they both hit clutch free throws down the stretch.

Gregg had few regrets on the night, and praised the team’s heart.

“Our defense caused several turnovers, and we did a fantastic job,” he said. “All in all, the team effort, all around, was good and everyone did what they were supposed to. We just came up a little short at the free throw line.”

Gregg also singled out the play of Kayla Burgess. Her father passed away last Sunday, which caused the team’s game against Oconee Christian Academy on Tuesday to be delayed.

For Gregg, her play was inspiring, and he hopes the rest of the team took notice.

“Kayla play an outstanding game tonight,” he said. “She wanted to guard their big girl from the start, and was all over the court tonight. You could see her dad in her out there.”

The Eagles will be in action again on Tuesday when they host Walhalla at 6 p.m.

1 2 3 4 F

LHS 16 4 17 12 49

TS 8 11 14 10 43

Liberty 49, Tamassee-Salem 43

Liberty (49) — Kristin Lee 16, Hannah Smith 8, Taylor Cowan 7, Kasey Finley 6, Eden Evatt 5, Jewel Hendrix 3, Becca McGuire 3.

Tamassee-Salem (43) — Deanna Lester 20, Anna Rogers 12, Kayla Burgess 6, Morgan Grogan 4, Jessica Cobb 2.