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Salem Hosts Mater Dei in Regular Season Finale

The Salem Lady Wildcats have one opportunity left to finish

the regular season with a winning record, but basketball is only a part of the

reason to pack BE Gumm Gymnasium when Salem hosts Mater Dei tonight.

Tonight is the Third Annual Cancer Awareness Night, and

Salem fans will be decked out in pink for breast cancer or purple for

pancreatic cancer. There will be other fund raisers tonight at the game,

including the selling of the shirts worn during warm-ups Monday night. The

proceeds from those shirts will go to Iuka pre-K student Katie Crouch in her

continued battle with the rare ocular cancer known as retinoblastoma.

Head Coach Janet Holst says 3rd Annual Cancer Awareness Game shirts will be available for purchase at the game tonight.

Tonight is the final home game for the Lady Cats as they

begin postseason play Monday night in the Centralia Regional. The question on

everyone’s mind is this: Which Salem team will show up to play tonight? Will

Salem show up mentally focused and with the swagger of a team determined to end

the regular season with a win, or will they come out flat and unfocused as they

have in their last two home games, losses by a combined 55 points?

As Holst stated after the team’s most

recent loss Monday to Carbondale, this team has all of the tools and all of the

potential to be more than a .500 team. The fact is this team should have

already reached the coveted 20-win mark.

This game is potentially the first of two meetings with the

Mater Dei Lady Knights in the next six days, as Mater Dei awaits the

Salem/Centralia winner in the regionals. For Salem, tonight provides a unique

opportunity to send a message to the vaunted Mater Dei squad by sending them

back to Clinton County with a loss. That message would easily resonate with

every other team in the regional tournament who has seen Salem be inconsistent

this season.

Join Toby Gullion and Greg Mehochko for coverage of tonight’s

3rd Annual Pink Out Game at BE Gumm Gymnasium. The broadcast begins

at 7:40 on AM 1350 WJBD and WJBDRadio.com.

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