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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. 

Salem's Brendan Boles drives to the hoop. Photo by Greg Maxey.

SALEM - The Salem Wildcats will try to win back-to-back games for the first time this year when they host Marion tonight for a prep basketball contest.  Salem is 4-17 coming off a 53-51 win over Charleston on Friday night.  Craig Holmes and Bill Hawley will have the radio call on 100.1 FM and WJBDradio.com starting around 7:45.

Also tonight, Belleville West is at Mater Dei, Wesclin at Breese Central, Sandoval at Clay City, St Elmo at Christ Our Rock, St Anthony is at South Central, Okawville hosts Marissa, Woodlawn at Wayne City, Sesser Valier at Waltonville, North Clay hosts Webber Township.  

KC Men & Women Each Win

CENTRALIA - The KC men and women came away with wins last night.  The men hosted the Jv's from Washington University and earned an 89-65 victory.  Centralia grad Ryan Obermeier led KC with 16 and Dylan Mueller added 14.  KC improved to 16-8 on the season.

The Blue Angels earned a 75-62 win over the JV's of Greenville College.  Jadah Anderson had 19 for KC who improved to 8-15 on the season.  

Both teams will be at home with Southeastern Illinois College on Wednesday with a 5:30 women tip followed by the men at 7:30. 

INA - The Central City Citians have punched their ticket into the SIJHSAA Class S Final Four following last night's 59-43 win over Woodlawn.

The Citians jumped out to a 9-0 lead and never trailed.  It was hot shooting by Central City who shot 69% on the night from the field on 22-of-32 shooting.  Anthony Reed led the Citians with 23, Jamie Long added 18 and Preston Johannes 10.  

The 28-2 Citians will take on 25-1 St Libory in the semifinals Thursday night at 7:15 at Rend Lake College.  The first semifinal that night will feature Cairo and New Hope starting at 6pm.  

Tonight the Class M State semifinals will be played with Pinckneyville and Cobden at 6 followd by Nashville and Center Street of Fairfield at 7:15.   

In Class L regional championships last night, at Carbondale the hosts beat Herrin 62-60 and at Flora it was Mt Carmel in overtime knocking off Flora 39-36.

Franklin Park Beats Patoka

Franklin Park following their championship at the St Peter Tournament.

SALEM - Coming off a championship this weekend at the St Peter Volleyball Tournament, the Franklin Park Lady Bobcats improved to 4-1 on the season with a 25-15, 25-18 win over Patoka.  The Salem JV is 2-0 after their 25-15, 25-14 win.  Salem will host Selmaville tonight. 

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