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Local Sports Recap – February 20, 2023

The Carmi-White County Bulldog basketball team picked up two big wins over the weekend, defeating Fairfield 54-33 on Friday night, and taking down Anna-Jonesboro 60-40 on Saturday in the opening round of the IHSA 2A regional tournament. 

In Saturday’s game, the Bulldogs led 25-22 at the half, and they would outscore the Wildcats 35-18 in the 2nd half, which included outscoring AJ 18-2 in the 3rd quarter alone. 

The win improves Carmi’s record to 25-5 on the season, as the Bulldogs compiled a 15-0 record at McDougal-Evers Gymnasium. This year’s Bulldogs are the first team since 1987 to go unbeaten at home through a whole season, and those 15 home wins is a new school record for the most in a season. 

The Bulldogs will now advance to face Vienna on Wednesday in Harrisburg in the regional semifinals. A win for Carmi will put them in their first regional championship game since 2019. 

In other boys basketball regionals from Saturday,

Crab Orchard 1A Regional
Crab Orchard 86, Carrier Mills/Stonefort 43
Gallatin Co. 51, Hardin Co. 38
NCOE 69, Joppa Maple Grove 38

New Athens 1A Regional
Wayne City 63, Elverado 29

Webber 1A Regional
Sesser-Valier 55, Grayville 46
Waltonville 65, Edwards County 64

Harrisburg 2A Regional
Eldorado 65, Harrisburg 47

Benton 2A Regional
Johnston City 49, Hamilton Co. 34
Murphysboro 51, West Frankfort 34

Lawrenceville 2A Regional
Fairfield 59, Marshall 57 (2OT)
Mt. Carmel 61, Hutsonville/Oblong/Palestine 42

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