Doing just as well as the varsity, the Junior Varsity also wins the game on Wednesday night, beating the West Washington Senators 34-32 .
“Let’s get our first win against West Washington” said Coach Seth Purlee
The game had a lot of tension like usual. It is played hard by both teams year after year. Every school has a team they have to beat in all sports. With Salem it is their cross town rivals, the West Washington Senators.
The first quarter the Lions got the quick basket after playing a tight defense against the Senators. The end of the first quarter the Lions were up eight to three. Once the second quarter started the Senators went on a nine to zero run against the Lions. Jalen Brown, junior, and Trent Pennington, sophomore, both hit three- pointers to stop that run. The Lions went in to the half with a three point lead, 18-15.
After the half, sophomore Eli Voyles made a three, and then followed with a quick bucket inside the paint. Then a couple of cheap baskets for each team were scored.
That’s about it for the third quarter, neither team could get their offense going. The score at the end of the quarter was lions 27, Senators 23.
The last quarter, the game started to get hairy for the Lions. With 30 seconds on the clock, the Senators scored to put them up by one. Then the Lions point guard, Junior Kyle Taylor, hit a jump shot to put them up by one. The score was 32-31 lions with 20 seconds left to go. A Senator went for a quick shot and was fouled. He made one of two free throws. The game was tied with less than four seconds left to go. The Lions got the ball in fast and Kyle Taylor passed the ball to an open Zane Jackson, freshman, to get a shot up before the buzzer went off. The Senators will fall 34-32.