In an upset that sent shockwaves through the tournament, Salem pulled off a remarkable victory on the road against Perry to claim the sectional championship. The Quakers showcased their defensive prowess, stifling Perry’s offense en route to a hard-fought 34-27 win.

Adding to the excitement of the victory, Salem’s Rylee Hutton reached a significant milestone, surpassing 1000 career points in the midst of the team’s triumph. Despite entering the tournament as the 30th seed, Salem has been on a remarkable tear, riding a four-game winning streak characterized by tenacious defense and resilient performances.

Incredibly, Salem’s defensive dominance has been a key factor in their recent success, as they have held their opponents to under 45 points in each of their last four victories. Notably, two of the teams they defeated during this stretch, Fitch and Springfield, are still alive in the tournament, underscoring Salem’s ability to compete with the best.

Looking ahead, Salem sets their sights on the district semifinal showdown against Canfield. The highly anticipated matchup is scheduled for Wednesday at Uniontown Lake, with tip-off slated for approximately 7:30.