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Wildcats Effort Just Short In Loss To Wooden Shoes...Prep Basketball Scores

(SALEM) - For the Salem Wildcats, it's a matter of finding themselves as a team.  In Tuesday's loss to state-ranked Teutopolis, the Cats might have found a recipe that could lead them to a memorable season.

The outsized Wildcats, playing without 6-4 big-man Nick Hempen with a sore back, were looking up into the eyes of 6-6, 260 pound center Kyle Pruemer.  The big man was dominated by Nick Conklin and the rest of the Cats defense to the tune of just 2 points.

What the Wooden Shoes didn't get in the paint, they made up for from beyond the three-point line.  Hitting on 10-of-40 from downtown, Reed Hardiek's fourth of the game with 2:59 left in the fourth quarter snapped a 52-52 tie and the Shoes would hold on.

Salem had a chance twice in the final minutes but turned the ball over and spoiled their chance to take a lead. 

Donte Rush led a trio of Wildcats in double figures with 15 followed by Alex Phillips' 14 and Cole Woodward's 11.  Nick Conklin had 9 points and pulled down 6 rebounds. 

Guard Derek Smith scored 13 of his game-high 18 points in the first quarter.

Salem is 1-6 and will host Charleston in Apollo play on Friday night.

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(SANDOVAL) - The Sandoval Blackhawks trailed Waltonville by only 6 at hafltime 24-18, but a big third quarter lifted the Spartans to a 60-29 win.  Jordan Hale scored 13 of his game-high 30 for the Spartans in the third quarter. 

 - Okawville remained undefeated with a 54-46 win over New Athens.  Jeremy Weeke had 19 points for the 6-0 Rockets. 

In other action:

 - Altamont 70 Windsor 39

 - Alton Marquette 74 Metro East Lutheran 37

 - Belleville East 55 Edwardsville 48

 - Belleville West 75 Granite City 55

 - Carbondale 65 Graves County, Ky 58

 - Carterville 52 Johnston City 35

 - Casey Westfield 73 Marshall 37

 - Christ Our Rock 50 Ramsey 44

 - Cisne 56 Wayne City 39

 - Cowden Herrick 52 St Elmo 50

 - Dieterichy 65 Brownstown 60

 - Effingham St Anthony 53 Beecher City 46

 - Flora 58 Olney 28

 - Highland 47 Civic Memorial 42

 - Lebanon 77 Valmeyer 44

 - Litchfield 58 Piasa Southwestern 50

 - Mt Vernon 41 Mascoutah 38

 - Newton 72 Cumberland 35

 - North Clay 54 Clay City 46

 - Odin 45 Webber 42

 - Pana 53 Shelbyville 38

 - Patoka 53 Mulberry Grove 25

 - Robinson 69 Red Hill 30

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