Dearria Watson elevates and scores two of her game-high 22 points at Carbondale. Photo by Greg Maxey.
CARBONDALE - Dearria Watson scored 13 of her game-high 22 points in the fourth quarter as Salem defeated Carbondale in their regular season finale on the road 58-50.
Watson also added 10 rebounds and 3 blocked shots in Salem's final tune up before next week's Regionals hosted by the 25-5 Lady Wildcats.
Salem led 28-26 at halftime but extended that lead to 10 points after a pair of three pointers from Trinity Meadows in the third. Salem's lead was trimmed to one point in the fourth quarter but Watson was too good down the stretch.
Fellow senior Maddi Hood made 3 three pointers and scored 13 while Meadows added 10. Kelly Sager had 6 points but 8 big rebounds.
Salem is in action a week from tonight against the winner of the regional opener between Centralia and Mt Vernon who play on Monday night in the first of two play in games. The other will be Effingham v. Olney with the winner getting Civic Memorial on Tuesday night.
Reigning South 7 player of the year Kandace Jones finished with 15 but fouled out late for the Terriers. Skylar Miller added 12.
Also last night in regular season play, Civic Memorial defeated Mascoutah 58-35, Charleston over Eisenhower 73-45, Highland beat Waterloo 76-43, Mattoon over Olney 52-37.
The Class 1A/2A post season regionals began last night. In 1A, at Christ Our Rock, Gibault beat Sandoval 53-36. In the loss, Christonia Saddler had 18 points and Halei Orrell added 12.
The South Central Lady Cougars dropped their opener of their own regional in Farina losing to North Clay 43-36. Abby Hahn and Keely Smith each had 14 in the loss. South Central's season ends at 8-18.
At Dieterich, the hosts beat Martinsville 59-39 and Oblong over Palestine 65-25. At Lebanon, Madison beat Valmeyer 33-27 and Metro East Lutheran beat First Baptist Academy 49-27.
Tonight in 1A Regional semifinals....At Dieterich, St Anthony takes on the hosts followed by Red Hill and Oblong. At Zeigler Royalton, it's Gallatin County against Galatia followed by Wayne City and Woodlawn.
In 2A regional openers, Ashton Pieron hit 6 three-pointers as Carlyle knocked off Roxana at Breese Central 64-55.
At Dupo, Marquette beat East Alton Wood River 63-23. At Eldorado, Hamilton County edged Eldorado 58-50. At Lawrenceville, Robinson knocked off Edwards County 52-32. At Sesser Valier, DuQuoin over Trico 46-35 and Red Bud beat Sparta 44-38. At Cumberland, Casey Westfield over Shelbyville 62-38 and Pana beat Cumberland 56-27. At Vienna, Anna Jonesboro over Chester 61-31.
Tonight in 2A Regional semifinals, at Dupo Mater Dei takes on Marquette at 6 followed by Nashville and Dupo at 7:30. At Eldorado, Flora takes on Hamilton County followed by Mt Carmel and Carmi White County. At Lawrenceville, Robinson takes on the hosts followed by Newton and Fairfield. At Sesser Valier, Johnston City plays Red Bud followed by Sesser Valier and DuQuoin. At Cumberland, Teutopolis opens with Casey Westfield followed by Vandalia and Pana. At Vienna, Carterville and Anna Jonesboro play followed by Pickneyville and Vienna.