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CARTERVILLE - The Salem Wildcats (0-1) dropped their season opener to the Mt Vernon Rams at the Pyramid Plus Tournament by a final of 55-33.

The Rams jumped out to a 5-0 lead before Salem's Nathan Williams hit a three and Brendan Boles added a bucket to tie the game at 5-5.  

Mt Vernon then moved into their full court press and forced 3 straight turnovers that led to buckets and the Rams outscored the Wildcats 28-10 the rest of the half to lead 33-14 at the break.

Salem turned the ball over 21 times in the game, never getting into a flow offensively as their youth and inexperience was apparent.  

Braden Fitzjerrells scored a game-high 14 points as the Rams were an efficient 14/20 from the foul line.

Salem only got to the charity stripe 9 times, hitting 4.

For the game, the Cats were led by sophomores Cole Steward and Brendan Boles with 8 apiece.  Alex Hawkins chipped in 6, Damond Crosby 4, Nathan Williams 3, Kaden Wayer & Riley Martin added 2 each.

Also on Monday night Collinsville earned a 44-29 win over Herrin while Marion thumped Sumner, Iowa 54-26.

Salem returns to play on Wednesday at 7pm when they take on the Herrin Tigers.  Listen on 100.1 FM and WJBDradio.com with Toby Gullion and Bill Hawley.

The Sandoval Lady Hawks picked up a home victory Monday night, defeating Dieterich 45 to 41.  

After falling behind at halftime the Lady Hawks busted open the 3rd quarter with 15 points to gain the lead. In the 4th quarter, the Lady Hawks struggled and gave up a 10 point lead with 3:00 minutes left in the game, but held on to walk away with the win.  

Coach Brenda Kunick says the Lady Hawks defense kept them in the game as the girls definitely struggled with their offense.  

Christonia Saddler led the Hawks with 16 points.  Bethany Kunick ahd 15 points and 7 steals. 

The Lady Hawks host Marissa Tuesday at home.  The JV game will start at 6:15

In other high school girls basketball games:
     Carbondale 70, Carterville 50
     Chester 51, Sparta 35
     Greenville 41, Roxana 37
     Sandoval 45, Dieterich 41
 Hamilton County Tournament
     Hamilton County 61, Galatia 25
     Lawrenceville 50, Wayne City 35
     Zeigler-Royalton 37, Pinckneyville 34
 Nashville Invitational Tournament
     Okawville 57, Mascoutah 41
O'Fallon Tournament
     Breese Central 67, Riverview Gardens, Mo. 24

St. Theresa Thanksgiving Tournament

Hoffman Trinity Lutheran has won the Consolidation Championship of the 31st Annual St. Theresa Thanksgiving Tournament.  They beat Patoka 45 to 34 Monday night for the title.  Hoffman was led by Noah Crocker with 25 and Haydn Johnston with 11.  Patoka was led by Tyler Alexander with 12 and Colton Hill with 11. 

St. Peter Lutheran won the third place consolidation game, with a 36 to 20 win over Kell-Farrington.  St. Peter was led by Hunter Brandt with 12 points and Haley Johnson had 11.  Kell -Farrington was let by Kyle Mason with eight points. 

St. Theresa plays Altamont Lutheran for third place at 6:30 Tuesday night.  Odin takes on Central City for the championship at 7:45 pm.   

Junior High Boys Basketball:

Willow Grove beat Iuka 48 to 40.  The game was tied at the end of the third quarter, before Willow Grove went on a run to end the game.  Iuka was led by Christopher Harper with 21 points and T.J. Thompson with 14.  
Junior High Girls Basketball:

The Franklin Park Varsity girls lost to Mt. Vernon 45 to 20.  Brittney Davis had 7 points and Taylor Gillett had 8 rebounds.   The Franklin Park JV was victorious over Mt. Vernon, 38 to 28.  Salem was led by Malia Harris with 9 points.  Emily Wilson added 11 rebounds. 

The Sandoval Jr. Lady Hawks played Willow Grove / St. Mary Co-op team for the second time this year at Sandoval on Monday. The final results were the same as their first meeting just 12 days ago. Sandoval won for the 11th time this season with a final score of 41-23.  Sandoval's Desiree Hammer led all scorers with 25 points.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Jimmy Butler scored 25 points and Pau Gasol added 23 points and nine rebounds to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 97-95 victory over the Utah Jazz on Monday night.

Derrick Rose scored 18 points in his return to the Bulls' lineup. Chicago beat the Jazz for ninth time in the last 12 games between the two teams.

Derrick Favors scored 21 points and pulled down a season-high 15 rebounds for Utah, which rallied from a 21-point deficit, but couldn't close it out. Enes Kanter had 19 points and eight rebounds while Trey Burke had 18 and 10 assists.

Utah took its first lead of the game early in the fourth quarter when Trevor Booker made a layup to put the Jazz up 80-78.

Chicago briefly retook an 87-84 lead when Aaron Brooks drained a 3-pointer. Utah answered by scoring seven unanswered points, going up 91-87 on a running jumper from Favors with 3:30 left.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - Aaron Cosby scored 18 points, with 13 in the first five minutes of the second half, as Illinois topped Brown 89-68 on Monday night.

After facing a halftime deficit, Illinois (4-0) came back with its defense as the Illini went on a 9-0 run to take a 46-37 lead early in the second half. During the run, the Illini picked up three steals.

Brown (1-4) took a 35-31 lead into halftime by shooting 51.9 percent from the field. Illinois' offense, which entered the game averaging 100.3 points per game, was limited to 30.6 percent from the floor in the first half.

Rayvonte Rice added 15 points and 10 rebounds for his first double-double of the season.

Steven Spieth led Brown with 21 points and seven rebounds. He was an efficient 7-of-10 from the field but had four turnovers.

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