YOUNGSTOWN OH- To say that the size that Ursuline brings to the table had no effect on Salem on Saturday would be lying. The Irish have more size than a lot of teams that pop up on Salem’s schedule. The inside presence of Aaliyah Smith, and Trinity Lamb was a factor. The important thing however for Salem is they made sure it wasn’t a deciding factor. Did they get some shots blocked? Yes. Did they give up some points in the paint? Yes. But if you thought that was enough to break Salem’s spirit you are sorely mistaken. Salem found their ways t score, and played tremendous defense especially in the times that counted the most. All of that led to a 44-32 win.
Abbie Davidson was right along with her average scoring 18 points on the day to lead the Quakers. Rylee Hutton was also in double figures managing to put in 12 points. Lauryn Barton added 6 points to the Quaker cause.
Ursuline was led by their post presence. Smith racked in double figures scoring 16 points. Lily Scott gave the Irish a perimeter threat on her way to 10 points.
It’s officially time for Salem to focus on their biggest rival as they go to West Branch next. Ursuline stays home on Wednesday to host East in the Steel Valley Conference show down.