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The Salem Lady Tigers faced off against the Mansfield Lady Lions in the championship of the Mountain Grove Tournament Dec. 30, 2021. Both offenses would struggle throughout the game. A slow start from Salem put the Lady Tigers down double digits in the opening minutes and would prove to be the difference in the game. Salem was able to cut the deficit to four points in the fourth quarter, but could get no closer as Mansfield held on to win 48-39.

Mansfield’s strongest quarter came in the first, with the Lady Lions taking it 16-8. The Lady Lions would take the second quarter as well, outscoring the Lady Tigers 12-8 to take a 28-16 lead into halftime. Salem’s best quarter would come in the third with a 14-11 effort to cut the deficit to 39-30. The Lady Tigers continued to chip away at the deficit in the fourth quarter, cutting it to four points, but the Lady Lions would hit free throws down the stretch and hold on for a 48-39 victory.

The loss drops Salem’s record to 7-5 on the season.

This week the Lady Tigers were to begin SCA conference play Monday with a trip to Cabool to face the Lady Bulldogs. Salem will also travel to South Iron to face the state-ranked Lady Panthers Thursday in non-league action.

Dec. 29

Semifinals

Salem 55, Houston 44

The Lady Tigers of Houston held the lead after the first quarter of play, but Salem responded with dominant second and third quarters to lead 49-29 after three. Houston rallied in the fourth quarter, but could not overcome the deficit as Salem would win.

Houston came out of the gates quickly in the first quarter, taking a 17-10 lead after one quarter of play. Bella Jadwin scored six points in the first to go along with two points apiece from Fayth Kaminski and Avery Erway. The Lady Tigers of Salem responded with a strong defensive effort in the second, holding Houston to four points while scoring sixteen points of their own to take a 26-21 lead at halftime. Ashton Bowers scored nine points in the second, Jadwin added four points, and Savannah Manthey hit a big buzzer-beating three-pointer to end the half.

Salem continued to stretch its lead in the third quarter, outscoring Houston 23-8 to lead 49-29 going to the fourth. Bowers added nine points, Jadwin picked up eight points, Erway scored four points, and Manthey chipped in two points in the third. Houston would take the fourth quarter by a score of 15-6, but it was not enough.

Dec. 28

Second Round

Salem 59, Cabool 32

The Salem Lady Tigers met the Cabool Lady Bulldogs in the second round of the Mountain Grove Tournament on Tuesday. The Lady Tigers took control of the game in the early-going with a 17-6 effort in the first quarter. Ashton Bowers picked up nine points in the first quarter, Bella Jadwin scored five points, and Kyleigh Wood added three points. Salem and Cabool would play to a draw in the second quarter, with both teams scoring twelve points to make it 29-18 at halftime. Jadwin and Savannah Manthey both scored six points in the second. The third quarter saw the lowest offensive output as the Lady Tigers outscored the Lady Bulldogs 11-7 to make it 40-25 going to the fourth. Jadwin added five points, Bowers scored three points, Manthey chipped in two points, and Fayth Kaminski scored one point. Salem put any remaining doubts to rest early in the fourth quarter and outscored Cabool 19-7 to account for the final score of 59-32. Jadwin led in the fourth with eight points, Manthey added five points, and Bowers and Jessica Wisdom scored three points apiece.

Salem stats:

Bella Jadwin- 24 pts, 7 rebs, 4 steals

Ashton Bowers- 15 pts, 5 steals

Savannah Manthey- 13 pts, 5 rebs, 5 assists, 3 steals

Kyleigh Wood- 3 pts

Jessica Wisdom- 3 pts

Fayth Kaminski- 1 pt, 6 reb

Avery Erway- 3 rebs

Dec. 27

First Round

Salem 78, Koshkonong 9

Top-seeded Salem would dominate 16-seed Koshkonong the game from start to finish, leading 41-3 at halftime and coasting to the win.

Ten Lady Tigers managed to get on the scoreboard, with Ivy Konkel and Jessica Wisdom both hitting a 3-pointer to record the first varsity points of their careers.