By DOUG EADS, CJ Correspondent
When the Southwestern Lady Warriors put a complete game together, Tim Rice's club can be a tough out for anybody.
Just ask Rockcastle County.
The Lady Rockets rolled into the Wigwam on Friday night to tangle with Rice and company in a battle of 12th Regional contenders, and the Lady Rockets promptly got steamrolled by the Lady Warriors.
Southwestern went on an impressive 17-0 run in the opening half, while hitting 13 three-point baskets in the contest, and Rockcastle County simply had no answer whatsoever.
Adison Corder led the charge with six treys on her way to a game-high 26 points, while Brittany Combs added 14 points thanks to four three-pointers, as Rice's club rolled past The Rock by a 55-30 beatdown.
Southwestern blew this one open early, racing out to a 22-5 lead after one period and never looked back.
And, the Lady Warriors got it done at both ends of the floor in the early going.
In that decisive first stanza, Southwestern made seven field goals in the first quarter - all three-point baskets.
At the defensive end, the Lady Warriors held Rockcastle County to only seven made field goals in the first half of play, while forcing Chrysti Noble's club into 11 turnovers.
So coach, was that the most impressive half your team has played in some time?
"It really was an efficient half for us," stated Rice, in referring to his club's 34-16 lead over The Rock at the half.
"We were pretty much on our game plan with everything we ran offensively, and we got a lot of stuff out of our (fast) break too," continued the Lady Warrior coach. "We pushed the ball, and everybody was willing to pass the ball to the open person. And, we really didn't take any bad shots. Everything we got tonight came out of our offense or off our break."
If this game wasn't over at halftime, it certainly was by the end of the third period.
A Corder trey just before the third quarter ended extended the Lady Warrior lead out to 45-28 headed into the fourth stanza - a period that saw Rockcastle County manage but two points.
In all, it was a dominant effort by a Southwestern club that improved to 16-9 on the season with the win, running its winning streak to a season-high six games.
Yes, the Lady Warriors seem to be peaking at just the right time with post-season play only a week away - a fact that hasn't gone unnoticed by coach Rice.
"This region is going to be tough - I don't think it's going to be a cakewalk for anybody," stated Rice in referring to the upcoming post season.
"You're going to have to beat a good team three night's in a row to win it," added Rice. "I think we're one of the teams to beat, but I don't think we're one of the elite teams. However, we are a team that's going to have a chance. But, there are five or six more teams that have a chance to win the region just like we do."
Southwestern will return to action on Tuesday night on the road at Perry County Central.
RC 5 11 12 2 – 30
SW 22 12 11 10 – 55
RC - Hunter 10, Adams 7, Reynolds 4, Miller 3, Coguer 3, Hansel 2, Eversole 1.
SW - Corder 26, Combs 14, Molden 6, Fitzgerald 4, Cook 3, Fothergill 2.