RICHMOND - For the first time in the program's history, the Salem girls basketball team has tasted the sweetness of a Division 4 state championship game victory. The Spartans took down Courtland 51-44 Saturday night.
Salem (26-3) has appeared in the state tournament three times, including its recent streak of three straight from 2011 to 2013.
Salem led after each quarter but saw their nine-point 4th quarter lead cut it to four in the early goings of the final period.
First Team All-Full Court Press player Tay Taylor had 22 points, 6 assists, and 4 rebounds for Salem. Taylor, who will play for Wake Forest next season, made 10 of her 14 foul shots. Kim Migliarese added 7 points and 10 rebounds.
Only three Courtland (28-4) players scored and one made all of her points from the free throw line. Janae McNeal scored 28 and Jessica Hairston added 13.
Salem outrebounded Courtland 41-32 and shot 38.1 percent from the floor.