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Slow start costs Lady Bobcats as they drop 64-61 game to Salem

BUCKHANNON — It was another close outing for the West Virginia Wesleyan women’s basketball team and another fourth quarter loss, this time to the visiting Tigers of Salem University 64-61, Wednesday in the Rockefeller Center.

Down 19-10 in the first quarter, 35-29 at the half and 44-42 going into the final stretch, it wasn’t until the last quarter that the Lady Bobcats took the lead. A jumper in the paint by Wesleyan’s Maile Hunt with 3:06 remaining capped an incredible performance in the fourth by Webster Springs freshman Sydney Baird. As the Tigers fought to maintain the edge, Baird kept scoring to keep the Lady ‘Cats in it, posting 14 of her game-high 21 points.

Along with starter Shelby Genes (12 points), the Lady Bobcat bench also helped keep things tight, scoring a total of 24 points by Abby McDonough (eight points), Charlotte Sherrill (eight points), Daveona Hatchell (three points) and Hunt ( five points).

The Lady Bobcats will travel for its final contest of 2023 to Notre Dame College (Ohio) on Saturday, Dec. 9. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.

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