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Lady Cats Top Olney in Thriller

The Salem Lady Wildcats beat Olney in a thrilling pool-play finale Friday morning, topping the Lady Tigers 69-67.

Shelby Holst connected on three free throws down the stretch to ensure Salem's win, but every Lady Cat played a pivotal role.

Salem trailed early, as Olney used perimeter shooting to build a 21-15 lead after the first quarter. But the Lady Wildcats rallied and cut the deficit to one point at halftime. The two teams traded numerous lead changes in the second half but Salem ended up on top, outscoring the Lady Tigers 32-29 in the game's final sixteen minutes.

Dearria Watson continued scoring at a torrid pace, leading Salem with 21 points. Kyla Cook finished with eighteen points and Kailey Beer added fourteen as Salem improved to 8-4 on the season.

The Lady Cats open play in the championship bracket with a game against Mattoon Friday night at 8:30.

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