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Sophomore Emily Baer will play a big role along with her underclassmen classmates as Salem opens up regional play on Tuesday night. Photo by Greg Maxey.

Lady Cats Open Post Season Tonight

By Toby Gullion

EFFINGHAM - It's post season time for the Salem Lady Wildcats, and coach Janet Holst has her team peaking at just the right time.  Winners of 7 of their last 8 games, Salem will travel to Effingham High School as the #2 seed from the Class 3A regional where they will face Olney.

The Lady Cats defeated Carbondale on the road to close out the regular season, which impressed head coach Holst.

"We haven't played real well there in past years, and Carbondale is a really good team.  That was a good win for us."

Salem has played Olney twice losing at home before knocking them off at the Mattoon Christmas Tournament.  The rubber match starts at 8pm tonight following the first game of the night featuring top seed Effingham and Mattoon.

The Olney Lady Tigers advanced to the matchup with Salem with a 57-44 win over Shelbyville.  Mattoon moved on by eliminating arch rival Charleston 60-55. 

Class 3A Regional Semifinals:

At Massac County:

- Carbondale 59 Mt Vernon 45

- Herrin 74 Massac County 72

At Triad:

- Civic Memorial 58 Triad 28

- Highland 42 Mater Dei 41

Class 2A Sectional Semifinals:

At Casey Westfield:

- Mt Carmel 78 Sullivan 43 ---- Tyra Buss scored 50 points through 3 quarters for Mt Carmel.

- Teutopolis 55 Harrisburg 36

At West Frankfort:

- Breese Central 70 Carterville 33

- Nashville 29 Sesser-Valier 18

At Cahokia:

- Althoff 60 Mascoutah 57

- Columbia 49 Cahokia 48

Class 1A Sectional Semifinals:

At Trico:

- Wayne City 50 Cairo 42

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