When Grandview Prep center Vionese Pierre-Louis fell to the ground there was an extended arm to help her up.

It belonged to a teammate. Well, sort of. It was Tallahassee Florida A&M High's La'Karis Salter. She helped Pierre-Louis to her feet in the Class 2A state semifinal on Tuesday at The Lakeland Center. It was a game Grandview Prep would win 41-39.

"My teammates asked me what I was doing," Salter said about her helping Pierre-Louis. "Sportsmanship is so important. If people are going to know us or me for something, I want it to be that."

The relationship between the two goes back to the summer. They played on the same travel team.

Both said they became good friends with the time they spent on the road. But they also knew there was a point they'd have to face each other in Lakeland.

It came out with Pierre-Louis, who scored 14 points and 11 rebounds, as the winner.

"We had to put the friendship aside for this," Pierre-Louis said.

Pierre-Louis said she was familiar with Salter's tendencies.

Salter, a 6-foot-1 Mississippi State signee, isn't the typical post-up forward. She showed Tuesday she'll set out and take a 3-pointer or a mid-range jumper.

Knowing how she played, Pierre-Louis said, helped.

"I knew what she was going to do," she said. "But I also knew what she wasn't going to do."