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The Salem High School boys’ basketball team is 2-2 and the season has had a little bit of everything to this point.
The most recent win, and the only game played last week was a 79-49 thrashing of the host Mitchell Bluejackets.
Salem Head Coach Hank Weedin said the win over the Jackets was a team effort.

" I thought they all played pretty well," he said. "Ian (Bowling) led us with 16 rebounds and Zach (Bowling) had 22 points. Ian and Kyle Taylor also did a good job of forcing turnovers in the front of our press."

The Jackets were win-less entering last Saturday’s game and the Lions kept that trend going.

Weedin said although his team loist two Brownstown and BNL, he is pleased with the start.

"We have a pretty tough schedule, especially to start the season," Weedin said. "The only game I felt like we didn't perform closer to what we are capable of was the Brownstown game.  I thought we played pretty well against BNL but just had too many turnovers and not enough trip to the line."
Salem know turns their attention to the First Harrison Bank Holiday Tournament Dec. 16-17.
The Lions will play in the opening game against West Washington Friday at 6 p.m. and Borden will battle Eastern at 7:45.

Weedin said his team will face a completely different West Washington team than the one they faced on Nov. 13.

"Number one, I think West Washington has gotten their game legs under them," he said. "They had a lot of inexperienced varsity players that were playing varsity for the first time.  Now they are finding their roles and are more comfortable.  I think they are doing a better job of getting the ball to their go to players also.

"I would be surprised if these games don't come down to a couple of possessions.  West Washington will be playing to win so we have to come out ready to play or we will be playing the 6:00 on Saturday."

Salem beat WW by 20 points in both teams’ season-openers and Borden won a lopsided affair against Eastern.
The winners of Friday’s games will play one another for the championship at 7:45 p.m. Saturday.
The losers will play in the consolation game at 6 p.m.
The cost is $5 per night, or a tournament pass can be purchased for $9.

EHS stumbles twice
The Eastern High School girls’ basketball team can’t lose and the boys’ team can’t win.
The Musketeers are off to a 0-5 start, including two losses last weekend.
Eastern struggled to do anything right in a 37-point loss Dec. 9 to visiting Crawford County and then stumbled by 22 in a Mid Southern Conference showdown Saturday at Clarksville.
Against the Generals, which is 5-0 overall in 3-0 in the MSC, Eastern kept it close through the first quarter, trailing by just four, 12-8. Clarksville won every quarter and were never seriously threatened.
Cody Hurst and Trey Albertson laed the way for the Musketeers, scoring 16 and 14 points each, respectively.
Against Crawford no one scored in double figures for Eastern.   
Things won’t get any easier this weekend for the 0-5 Musketeers. They will play Borden at 7:45 p.m. Friday. EHS lost to the Braves 50-35 in the season-opener.

WW falls
After losing by 20 points to open the season, West Washington won three straight games, before dropping a tough Patoka Lake Athletic Conference showdown last Friday 54-43 to Paoli..
The Senators trailed by just one at the end of the first quarter, but the host Rams got some breathing room in the second as they took a 21-13 advantage in the locker room at intermission.
Paoli continued to play well and led by 13, 36-23 heading into the final period.
The Senators 3-2 continued to battle in the fourth quarter, scoring 20 points, but couldn’t stop the rams on defense.
Clayton Sullivan paced West Washington with 25 points.
Five other Senators combined to score the other 18 points.
WW will be back on the court Friday night at 6 p.m. against Salem in the first round of the First Harrison Bank Holiday Tournament.

SHS girls fall
Salem followed a close loss to Brownstown by dropping a 75-70 triple-overtime thriller against Corydon Central.
Alex Davidson and Ashley Malloy paced the Lady Lions. Davidson scored 25 points and Malloy chipped in 18.
Salem, (6-5, 0-3), has just one more contest prior to Christmas break. They will travel to Ramsey to battle the Lady Cougars of North Harrison.
They start the stretch drive to sectional Jan. 5 against Mitchell.