Savanna Manthey hit the ground in a back-and-forth bout with Willow Springs Jan. 6 at home. Teammate Ashton Bowers lends a hand.

The Salem Lady Tigers stifled St. Elizabeth defensively with a program-record 36 steals and collected a 47-29 non-conference victory Thursday at St. Elizabeth.

Earlier in the week Salem opened SCA play by beating Willow Springs at home 59-53 Monday, Jan. 6.

Thursday, the two teams would trade baskets in the early going, with the score being tied 4-4 midway through the first quarter.

The Lady Tigers then closed the quarter on an 8-0 run to lead 12-4 after one period. Ashton Bowers and Tatum Hatridge scored three points apiece in the quarter, while Savannah Manthey, Bella Jadwin, and Madison Woolf all scored two points. Both teams had their best offensive quarter of the night in the second, with Salem taking the quarter 18-13 to lead 30-17 at half. Jadwin and Woolf both picked up seven points to lead the way, with Manthey and Jana Cook scoring two points apiece.

The third quarter would be low-scoring, with both teams netting seven points to make it 37-24 going to the fourth. Cook led in the third with three points, Jadwin scored two points, and Avery Erway scored two points. The Lady Tigers took the fourth quarter by a score of 10-5 to when by the final score of 47-29. Manthey scored three points; Jadwin, Woolf, and Cook score two points each; and Hatridge added one point in the quarter.

The win improves Salem’s record to 10-4 on the season.

This week Salem plays a pair of SCA games. The Lady Tigers was to be in action Monday at home against defending Class 2 state champion Thayer and on Thursday Salem travels to Mountain View Liberty (6 p.m.).

Jan. 6

Salem 59, Willow Springs 53

The Lady Tigers opened SCA play with a home game against the 7-3 Willow Springs Lady Bears. Willow Springs jumped on Salem quickly in the first quarter, leading 5-0 and 11-4, but the Lady Tigers would cut the lead to 13-10 after one. Salem would take the lead in the second quarter and never trailed again en route to a 59-53 victory.

Salem looked to be on the verge of a long night early in the first quarter, as Willow Springs dominated the early play. The Lady Tigers began to get their feet under them as the quarter went on and their defense started bothering the Lady Bears. By the end of the first quarter Salem had cut a seven-point deficit down to three, trailing 13-10. Savannah Manthey picked up five points in the opening quarter to lead Salem, Bella Jadwin scored three points, and Ashton Bowers scored two points. Salem’s best quarter of the night came in the second, as they outscored Willow Springs 15-9 to lead 25-22 at halftime. Bowers scored six points in the quarter, Jana Cook scored four, Tatum Hatridge added three, and Jadwin chipped in two more points.

The third quarter was the highest scoring of the night for both teams, as Salem took the third 20-19 to lead 45-41 going into the fourth. Hatridge led Salem’s attack in the third with seven points, Bowers scored four points, Manthey added three points, and Jadwin, Cook, and Shelby Botkin all scored two apiece. The game would remain close in the fourth quarter, but a 14-12 effort by the Lady Tigers was enough to secure a 59-53 win to begin SCA play. Jadwin and Bowers each scored four in the fourth, Manthey scored three, Hatridge scored two, and Cook added one point.

The win improves Salem's record to 9-4 on the season and 1-0 in the SCA. The Lady Tigers will be in action Thursday, Jan. 9 as they travel to St. Elizabeth. Salem’s next home game will be Monday, January 13th, against the defending Class 2 state champion Thayer Lady Bobcats in another big SCA contest.

Salem stats:

Ashton Bowers- 17 pts, 5 rebs

Tatum Hatridge- 12 pts

Savannah Manthey- 11 pts, 6 rebs

Bella Jadwin- 11 pts, 4 rebs, 4 assists, 4 steals

Jana Cook- 6 pts, 4 rebs

Shelby Botkin- 2 pts

Madison Woolf- 9 rebs, 5 blocks