Salem Lady Lions win 3A Sectional; First since 2001

Salem Lady Lions win 3A Sectional; First since 2001

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The Salem Lady Lions have caused fans some nail-biting the last couple of nights.

Friday night in the semi-final round of Sectional 30 action, the Lady Lions were tied in overtime with 2 seconds left in a heated battle with Charlestown. Liz Weaver nailed two free throws to lift the Lions to a 28-27 win that set up tonight’s Sectional Championship with Mid Southern Conference foe – the North Harrison Lady Cougars.

After the third period, the Lions were ahead 27-26. As WSLM broadcaster, Mark Mead put it “This is for all the marbles.” And it was. 11001810_10206107466949867_863320600066315552_n

The Lions led the way and ended another thriller of a quarter, topping the Lady Cougars 43-39.

The Lady Lions won their first Sectional and trip to a regional game since 2001 and still aren’t playing .500 ball — with tonight’s win the Lady Lions are 12-13 and are hoping for an even record next weekend at Jasper.

In tournament history, things have evened up between Silver Creek and North Harrison – three wins each.

The Lady Lions first sectional championship came in 1976 with a win over North Harrison. Then three consecutive defeats over Silver Creek – coming in 1985, 1988 and 1989.

Then Salem topped the Lady Cougars in 2001 and have been on a 13 year dry spell.

Next week the Lady Lions will face the winner of the Batesville vs. Rushville Sectional Championship game. The second game in the Jasper regional will be either Jasper or Washington vs. Evansville Memorial or Princeton.

Salem’s game will be played at 10a, with the second game at Noon. The final round of the regional will be held at 8p that night.

Tickets are $7 per session and $10 both sessions. The second team listed in each game is the designated home team and in this case it will be Salem.

Salem 8 13 6 16 43
North Harrison 11 6 4 18 39

Salem (12-13) – Alex Davidson 13, Sadie Soliday 11, Liz Weaver 8, Ansley Walton 4, Laken White 4, Amber Kilburn 3.

North Harrison (17-10) – Cali Nolot 19, Taylor Rennirt 8, Jessicka Chiquito 4, Hallie Hinton 3, Stevi Burns 3, Jourdan McAfee 2.

3-point goals – Salem 2 (White 1, Soliday 1). N. Harrison 7: (Nolot 3, Rennirt 2, Chiquito 1, Burns 1).

Stay tuned to WSLM for more information and more photos at wslmradio.com