SALEM - The Salem Lady Wildcats overcame a slow start and forced 28 turnovers as they ran out to a 19-point, second-half lead before finally defeating Olney 53-42 to open up play in the 14th annual Salem Thanksgiving Tournament.
Salem trailed midway through the opening quarter before taking a 14-10 advantage after the first 8 minutes. The Lady Cats tightened up their defense in the second quarter outscoring Olney 17-4 to lead 31-14 at the break. Dearria Watson started slow, but finished with a game-high 16 points. Kailey Beer was all over the place forcing several turnovers and finishing on both ends of the court for her 15. Emily Baer also played a nice game with 10 points. Sydney Holst played well, especially defensively and sister Shelby dished out several highlight reel assists. Julie Luna scored her team-high 10 points...all in the games final 9 minutes. Taylor Rauch added 9.
In the first game Friday night, Highland beat Carlyle 63 to 28.
The Lady Cats (1-0) will finish up pool play on Saturday when they play last year's runner up Civic Memorial at noon before an 8:30 pm date with Centralia.
In other girls action:
Breese Mater Dei 65, Alton 34
DuQuoin Tip Off Tournament
Johnston City 34, Woodlawn 20
Herrin 58, Vienna 34
Mattoon 55, Pana 43
Moweaqua Central A&M 61, Decatur St. Teresa 44
Piasa Southwestern 48, Athens 28
Sesser-Valier 62, Trico 20
Taylorville 63, Jacksonville 51