The Salem Wildcats struggled on the offensive end as they fell to Olney 48 to 33. Salem only managed to break double digits in one quarter and committed 10 turnovers in the loss.
Salem was led in scoring by Brendan Boles with 9 points; Nic Helm had 8, and Nathan Williams 7. Olney was paced by Tate Nohren with 16.
The opening quarter in the 4 – 5 game from the Effingham regional was very close. Salem played well on the defensive end, but struggled to hold onto ball committing 4 turnovers in the quarter. Senior Nic Helm led the way after one with 4 points and the Cats trailed 7 to 6.
Salem opened up the 2nd quarter struggling and quickly found themselves down by 6. However the cats put together a small 4 to 0 run to end the half. They headed for the locker room down 16 to 14.
Early in the second half it looked like Salem was ready to cease control. 2 huge 3 pointers by Riley Martin and Nathan Williams cut Olney’s lead to just 2. The Tigers called a time out and got things sorted out. They put together a 6 to 0 run to give themselves an 8 point cushion moving into the final quarter.
In the 4th quarter Olney made almost all their free throws and were able to secure the victory. They advance to play Centralia tomorrow from Effingham. The season is over the Salem Wildcats. They end the year with a record of 5 wins and 23 losses.