Wildcats Slip Below .500 After Loss to TrojansThe Salem Wildcats battled the Charleston Trojans Friday night, but wound up on the short end of a 69-54 decision in Charleston.
Salem trailed by as many as ten points in the first half before closing the gap to three by halftime. Charleston held Salem to their lowest scoring output of the game in the third quarter, when the Wildcats netted only seven points. According to Salem Head Coach Bob Frederick, a simple defensive adjustment from the Trojans changed the tide of the game.
"They [Charleston] played man for the first half, and went to the zone in the second half. And we didn't penetrate. We didn't get inside. We didn't force the issue as much. We ended up turning the ball away trying to get it in the middle."
Three Wildcats were in double figures at Charleston, led by Donte Rush's seventeen points. Nick Conklin had eight fourth quarter points to finish with fifteen. Nick Hempen finished with eleven.
Once again, Salem had an opportunity to score a much-needed win, but couldn't come away with the victory. However, Coach Frederick continues to be proud of the team's resilience.
"This group has fought all year long. I mean, we've played some pretty good teams this year, but this team has never given up. That's a credit to them. They continue to work hard. They come to practice every day and work hard, good attitudes. And I keep telling them eventually it's going to pay off."
Salem's next game is Senior Night on Friday when the Mattoon Green Wave comes to town.
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