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February 3, 2014

Lady Warriors still undefeated in 2014

Somerset — The year 2014 has been really kind to the Southwestern Lady Warriors.

Since the turn of the calendar into the new year, Stephen Butcher and company have won all eight of their games.

Southwestern garnered win number eight of 2014 on Saturday evening at the Wigwam, as they came away with a 75-43 victory over McCreary Central.

With the 32-point victory over McCreary Central, the Lady Warriors upped their overall record to 18-4 and concluded 48th District play with a perfect, 4-0 mark.

Butcher, who is in his first season as the head coach of the Lady Warriors, wants his team to have mix of confidence and humility heading into the final few weeks of the regular season.

“What we’ve talked about is having the confidence of a team that is 18-4,” told Butcher. “You should hold your head a little higher, but at the same time, you must keep the humility of a team that lost in the first round of the region a year ago. If we combine that combination, I think we’ll be okay. I was really pleased with the way our team shared the ball tonight – that was the best our passing game all-year. We made shots tonight – if we make shots, we’ll be tough to handle.”

From the outset, this game was all Southwestern, as they took a 21-15 first quarter lead over the visiting Lady Raiders of McCreary Central. Samantha Fitzgerald tallied 7 points in the opening frame, while Dylana Fothergill chimed in with 6 points.

The second frame would be a big one for the Lady Warriors, as they outscored McCreary Central by a margin of 22-8. At the intermission, Southwestern held a 43-24 advantage over the Lady Raiders. Adison Corder paved the way for the Lady Warriors in the second frame, scoring 12 of her team-high 14 points in the second quarter alone.

In the third period, Southwestern would continue to roll, outscoring McCreary Central by a 22-9 total. After three quarters down, the Lady Warriors led by a score of 65-32.

The Lady Raiders managed to outscore Southwestern in the fourth quarter by an 11-10 margin, but it was not enough, as the Lady Warriors won by a final score of 75-43.

Despite being under the weather, Corder led Southwestern with 14 points. Fitzgerald chimed in with 13 points, while Fothergill and Elisabeth Latham both tallied 10 points each.

“Adison did a great job tonight, despite being a little under the weather,” said Butcher. “I thought Elisabeth and Dylana had a great games inside, and then Sam made really great decisions in transition. Destiny (Molden) may not have scored tonight, but she ran the show and did what she was supposed to do. Brittany (Combs) is one of the best sixth mans in the state, and we’re really lucky to have her.”

Kaylee Cotton, of McCreary Central, led all scorers with a contest-high 19 points.

Southwestern will return to action on Tuesday evening at the Wigwam, when they will welcome Pineville. That game is set to get underway at 7:30 p.m.


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MC – 15 8 9 11 – 43

SW – 21 22 22 10 – 75


MCCREARY CENTRAL (4-15): Cotton 19, Terry 9, Jones 8, Kiser 4, Neal 3.


SOUTHWESTERN (18-4): Corder 14, Fitzgerald 13, Latham 10, Fothergill 10, Cook 6, Combs 5, Reed 5, Fourman 4, Venable 3, Duncan 3, Stephens 2.


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