Salem split a pair of games last week in the weather-delayed 31st annual Owensville Tournament.
In first-round action Monday, Jan. 6, third-seeded Salem defeated sixth-seeded School of the Osage 66-56. And in the semifinals Friday, the Tigers were beaten by second-seeded Steelville 76-53.
Saturday’s tournament finals were postponed due to the weather. Salem is to play St. Clair in the third-place game whenever the tournament games are rescheduled. Fourth-seeded St. Clair lost to top-seeded Linn 51-37 in Friday’s other semifinal game. Linn will face Steelville in the championship game.
This week Salem, now 5-5, is scheduled to play at Lesterville Tuesday (6 p.m.) and open SCA action by hosting Willow Springs Friday (5 p.m.).
Steelville 76, Salem 53
Steelville improved to 12-2 after knocking off Salem in Friday’s semifinals. The Steelville Cardinals had drubbed seventh-seeded Belle 94-35 in the first round Monday, Jan. 6.
Steelville also defeated Salem 65-47 in the Sullivan Tournament Dec. 6.
Friday Salem played without 6-9 junior post Lucas Morrison, who suffered an ankle injury. Tiger head coach Bryan Carty said Morrison should be ready to return to action this week.
Salem simply could not keep up offensively with the high-powered Cardinals. Salem had 11 points in the first period and went into halftime with just 24 points. The Tigers’ best offensive output came in the third quarter, when senior guard Reese Dodson netted three 3-pointers and finished with 13 points, as the Tigers totaled 17 in the period.
Dodson led Salem with 19 points, including four treys, while senior forward Carter Chilton added 11.
Salem scoring (FG-FT-TP): Conway 1-0-3, Konkel 1-0-2, Dodson 7-1-19, May 1-1-3, Wulff 0-2-2, Arzt 2-0-4, Connell 2-1-5, Carmack 2-0-4, Chilton 4-3-11.
Salem 66, Osage 56
Against Osage the Tigers scored 10 of the game’s first 12 points to take early command. However, the Osage Indians settled down and finished the quarter in a rush, cutting Salem’s lead to 17-13 heading in the second period.
Osage eventually tied the game in the second period.
However the Tigers, paced by Dodson, regained a slim edge in the second half and held off the Indians with a strong fourth quarter. In the final period Salem hit 11-of-14 free throw attempts – including 6-for-6 from Dodson.
Dodson was the lone Tiger to score in double figures, with 23 points. He was 9-of-10 from the free throw line.
Dylan Long scored a game-high 24 points for Osage while Drew Edwards added 10. The loss to Salem left Osage with an 0-7 mark. The Indians recorded their first win of the season Jan. 7 in consolation action over Belle 53-48.
Salem scoring: Conway 3-0-7, Dodson 6-9-23, Wulff 2-3-7, Connell 3-1-7, Carmack 2-3-7, Chilton 2-1-6, Morrison 4-1-9.