The Newberry High basketball teams started 2013 off in fine form as they opened regional play Friday with a sweep of Saluda in the Scott Gym.
The Lady Tigers only dressed seven players, including a seventh grader, as they would never see a lead in their 45-27 loss to the Lady Bulldogs.
Saluda only went to the free-throw line six times, converting two opportunities.
While Newberry went 9-of-15 from the charity stripe for the night, the difference of the game was in the field shots as the Lady Bulldogs had 20-12 advantage.
Not a single Lady Tiger scored in double digits, nor did they score more than nine points in a quarter.
Tyshira Bates scored 13 points to lead the Newberry scoring.
Arnasia Boyd scored 11 points while Breanna Mathis also ended the night in double digits as she had 10 points.
Like Boyd and Bates, Octavia Grandy also scored in each of the four quarters as she finished with seven points.
Newberry, who improves to 3-7 on the season, also got two points from Fatima Sims and Mya Ruff.
The Newberry boys rebounded nicely after two losses last week at the Upward Classic in Spartanburgas they took the lead for good at 6-4 as they would win their 28th straight game inside the county in two years with their 81-45 victory.
Newberry only had a five point lead after the first quarter but a 24-8 second quarter run sent them off to a standing ovation from their fans as the scoreboard showed the Bulldogs with a 45-24 advantage.
This 21-point lead at the break only got bigger in the third quarter as the visitors started heading to the exits with Newberry leading 65-32 with eight minutes left to play.
Saluda missed seven straight free-throws in the first half as they got seven points from the charity stripe for the game.
Newberry had a 33-18 field shot advantage, including having a 4-2 advantage from three point land.
Jalin Alexander had an evening high 17 points for Newberry.
Notorious Booker, Jaylen Lindsay and Jeremy Summers also ended the night in double digits as they had 13, 12 and 11 points, respectively.
Trey Miller scored eight points, Kaheem Praylow ended with seven points while both Tovaris Cureton and Trey Gary scored four points apiece.
Dominic Gilmore scored three points while the Newberry scoring ended with Bennett Wilson’s two points, as they are now 12-2 on the season.
Newberry has three games on their schedule this week with a road trip to Abbeville on Tuesday before hosting Ninety Six on Friday.
The Bulldogs will play their last non-regional game of the regular season on Saturday as there will be a quadruple header with Fairfield Central.