Dominant Second Half Lifts Salem Over Paris
Salem led throughout the first quarter before the teams swapped leads early in the second frame. By the midway point of the second quarter, the Lady Cats had a lead they would not relinquish. The hosts took a 25-18 lead into the locker room at the break and didn't look back in the second half.
While Salem still missed a lot of point blank shots, the free throw percentage improved to 63% from Saturday night's 46%. But Head Coach Janet Holst thinks it was a combination of several factors that led to the victory.
"Free throws were much improved. I just thought our focus was better. We still missed too many easy shots, but our focus was better. We didn't give up on it. Defensively, I thought we played really hard. I thought we stayed with the gameplan. I thought the kids pushed the ball. We had everybody on the same page."
Three Lady Cat sophomores led nine Salem players in scoring as Dearria Watson finished with fifteen points. Emily Baer tallied fourteen points, including 6-for-6 from the foul line, and Maddi Hood added ten points.
Paris had only five players score, and only two of them carried the bulk of the load. Holst stated that Salem was able to distribute the ball pretty well and that some players stepped up.
"We distributed well. We had some kids step up who hadn't for a while. EB [Emily Baer] and Maddi both came off the bench and had really nice games for us. I thought Heather Henson started off the game playing really well on the boards."
The junior varsity Lady Wildcats were also winners Monday night, beating Paris 41-27.
Salem is now 10-6 and the Lady Cats return to BE Gumm Gymnasium Thursday night to face Charleston.
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