The Salem girls basketball team tips off this morning in the state semi-finals in Richmond against Loudoun County. Sportswriter Robert Anderson of The Roanoke Times is on site and will be tweeting at twitter.com/timesland.
If you’re not on Twitter, or prefer your news here, we’ll be posting his tweets, so you can keep up with the game. Feel free to weigh in with comments as the game progresses.
10:59 a.m.:Heavy snow in Richmond can’t stop VHSL games. Salem girls ready to tip off against Loudoun County.
11:04 a.m.: We’re underway – Salem Spartans with an early 2-0 lead. (From VHSL athletics)
11:07 a.m.: Salem zone has held Loudoun County scoreless for 3 minutes Spartans lead 4-0.
11:09 a.m.: 6-2 Spartans 4:05 (From VHSL athletics.)
11:10 a.m.: Salem leads 8-3, but Spartans already have five team fouls with 3:23 left in 1st quarter.
11:14 a.m.: Salem ups lead to 11-3 with strong play from some reserves. Timeout Salem, 2:30 left 1st quarter.
11:17 a.m.: Salem girls have showed up intending to win today. Pep band is getting it done too.
11:19 a.m.: Loudoun County closes 1st quarter with 4-0 run. Salem 13, LC 10 end 1st.
11:26 a.m.: Tay Taylor off to fast start for Salem, but she just picked up foul No. 2. Taylor already has 10 points.
11:27 a.m.: Got to give a shout-out to Jonathan Milberger on the sax for Salem pep band.
11:29 a.m.: Salem 17, Loudoun County 14, midway through 2nd quarter.
11:30 a.m.: Salem has a lot of “assistant coaches” in the stands. Guess what guys. You’re not helping.
11:34 a.m.: Tay Taylor has picked up her 3rd foul. She’ll probably take a seat for the half with 3:12 left. Salem leads 19-15.
11:35 a.m.: DeWayne Harrell is a gambler. Tay Taylor is back in the game and she just hit a shot and is at the line for an and-one.
11:37 a.m.: Halftime: Salem 23, Loudoun County 19
11:48 a.m.: Halftime stats: Salem 34.6 percent. LC 34.8 percent. LC 22-19 rebounding edge. Salem just 5 turnovers. LC just 3 for 11 FTs.
11:57 a.m.: Taylor elevating her game. Spartans also getting good play from Beth Plympton. Salem leads 35-22.
12:03 p.m.: Eight minuts to go! Salem leads 37-26 over Loudoun County. Tay Taylor 20 points. Spartans bench has chipped in 12.
12:07 p.m.: Salem now up 42-26 after three-point play by Tessa Foley on assist by Maddie Price.
12:08 p.m.: Salem’s previous two semifinals were bad experiences, but they were experience nonetheless. It’s showing today.
12:12 p.m.: Loudoun County looks like a beaten team. Salem 43, LC 27, 5:03 to play. Margin could be worse but Salem is missing easy layups.
12:13 p.m.: Tessa Foley starting to dominate backboards as Loudoun County is tiring. Salem 46-27 with 4:55 left.
12:22 p.m.: Salem leads 48-29 with 2:37 left. Tessa Foley has just fouled out with double-figure rebounds.
12:24 p.m. Salem clears its bench.
12:28 p.m.: Final: Salem 51, Loudoun County 38. Tay Taylor 24 points.
Note: The championship games are Saturday. The girls play Courtland at 7 p.m., the boys play the winner of today’s E.C. Glass-Grafton game at 9 p.m.