Lady Cats Start Final Stretch on the RoadThe Salem Lady Wildcats are on the road tonight looking for
their third win in a week. The Lady Cats found new energy after last Tuesday
night’s loss at the hands of league-leading Effingham. But the Lady Cats will
still need some help from some other teams in the conference to win the Apollo.
Salem is on the road to Mt Zion and Effingham this week, and a win in both
games only secures a tie with the Lady Hearts for the conference title unless
another team upsets Effingham, who is unbeaten in conference play.
Before Salem looks to Thursday night’s match-up of the top two
teams in the Apollo, they have to travel to Mt. Zion tonight to face the Lady
Braves, who are 2-6 in conference play this season. Mt. Zion is looking to
string a few wins together, having defeated Rantoul 41-34 Saturday afternoon.
Their last conference game was a 49-44 loss to Effingham Thursday evening.
Salem is a modest 2-0 following the 68-35 loss to Effingham
last Tuesday, but are playing with a late-season energy that can sometimes be
classified a “second wind.” If the 33-point loss on their home court wasn’t a
wake-up call for the Lady Cats, the next day’s practice was, as Coach Janet
Holst called it “exceptionally well” before Thursday’s 58-50 win over Mattoon.
Salem has to be feeling good following their weekend win at
Centralia, a game in which, at one time, they led by almost thirty points. With
only four games left before regionals, the Lady Cats have an opportunity to build
momentum heading to the post-season.
The first of those games is 100 miles from Salem tonight
when the Lady Cats square off against the Lady Braves in Mt Zion. Greg Mehochko
will have the call for you at 7:45 on AM 1350 WJBD and WJBDRadio.com.
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