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Wildcats Fall to Wooden Shoes

The Salem Wildcats held a one-point lead heading into the fourth quarter, but couldn't hold it, losing 60-50 at Teutopolis Tuesday night.

Salem stormed back from a nine point deficit at halftime to take a one point lead into the fourth quarter with a score of 38-37. But T-Town out scored the visitors 23-12 in the final frame to secure its fifth victory of the season.

Salem didn't help its cause, giving the ball away eighteen times in the contest. Head Coach Bob Frederick talked about those turnovers.

"We had some lazy passes. As far as handling the basketball, we were doing things that we tell them not to do. We don't want them crossing over in front of them, and we were doing that. [Those are] the easiest to steal."

Chase Mercer scored 12 points to lead the 'Cats while Chance McKay added 10, including a pair of three-pointers in the third quarter that helped fuel Salem's rally.

While Frederick said that Salem didn't do much different in the quarter, he stated that the point he stressed to his team was to keep working hard.

"We talked about it at halftime. We ran a couple of our sets that we haven't ran much this year. And it's one of those things where we have to have the right personnel in the game to do it."

The 'Cats were able to get out in transition and score some points on the run, but Frederick says it is a style that the players must maintain.

"We have enough speed on the floor to beat people up and down the floor, it's just a matter of doing it. We talked about our effort tonight compared to last Saturday [at Highland], and maybe it was a wake-up call for some of them. I hope so. We have a lot of basketball left. I just don't want the character of this team to diminish."

The loss drops the Wildcats to 2-6 as they prepare to open Apollo Conference play Friday night at Charleston.

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