By MICHAEL CHILDERS, CJ Correspondent
Stephen Butcher couldn’t have asked for a better start to his coaching career at Southwestern High School than the one he had Tuesday evening.
The Lady Warriors, in Butcher’s first game as the head coach, simply ran past Garrard County in Lancaster Tuesday night, as Butcher and crew came away with a 60-37 victory over the home standing Lady Lions.
Thanks to an 11-0 run in the second quarter and a 13-0 spurt in the third frame, the Lady Warriors would go on to win by a 23-point margin to give Butcher his first victory in his inaugural outing on the Southwestern sideline.
Butcher was glad to not only pick up that first victory, but he was also thrilled with the way his team attacked the Garrard County offense with their full-court press.
“It feels good,” began the first-year Lady Warrior coach. “I’m really proud of the kids and the way they got out and pressured the basketball. The kids did a good job of quickening the tempo – we went after them full-court. We went with a little smaller line-up to get the tempo to where we wanted it.”
After one quarter in the books, Southwestern held a 4-point, 13-9 lead over Garrard County. Neither team could really seem to get anything going in the opening frame, as there were a combined 14 fouls called.
The second quarter would be much different, as the Lady Warriors outscored Garrard County by a margin of 20-7. At the intermission, Southwestern would go into the locker room with a 33-16 advantage.
Southwestern began the second frame with 11 unanswered points to run their lead out to 24-9. The 11-point run included three-pointers from freshman Cassi Reed and junior Adison Corder.
Garrard County’s first basket in the second quarter came halfway through, when senior Courtney Kidd converted on an ‘and one’ opportunity with 4:09 left until halftime to make the score, 24-12.
“We just started making shots from there,” told Butcher. “Cassi (Reed) got us started, then Adison (Corder) started making, and then Sam (Fitzgerald) started making shots. When you get that many people putting the ball into the basket, it makes the game fun and really easy to coach. If we make shots, we are going to tough to beat, because we can put the ball in the basket.”
The third period would begin the same way that the second quarter did, as Southwestern opened the frame with 13 consecutive points. Destiny Molden and Corder both hit treys, while Dylana Fothergill, Samantha Fitzgerald, and Brittany Combs had baskets on the run.
Thanks to the big run to begin the second half, Southwestern would lead Garrard County, 48-23, after three quarters in the books.
Scoring-wise, the Lady Warriors were led by a 17-point performance from Corder, who hit a pair of three-pointers in the win. Fitzgerald, a sophomore, chimed in with 10 points and 5 rebounds.
Reed, paced by a pair of treys, finished with 8 points on the night. Combs, Madison Cook, and Elisabeth Latham all tallied 5 points each in the contest.
Victoria Floyd led the charge for the Lady Lions with team-highs in points (9) and rebounds (7).
Southwestern, who moved to 1-0 on the young season with the 12th Region win, will return to action tonight and tomorrow night, participating in the Cumberland Falls Invitational Tournament at Corbin.
The Lady Warriors will play their first home game of the 2013-14 season on Monday evening, when they will host cross-town rival Somerset at 7:30 p.m. at the Wigwam.
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SW – 13 20 15 12 – 60
GC – 9 7 7 14 – 37
SOUTHWESTERN (1-0): Corder 17, Fitzgerald 10, Reed 8, Combs 5, Latham 5, Cook 5, Molden 3, Stephens 3, Venable 2, Fothergill 2.
GARRARD COUNTY (0-1): Floyd 9, Morris 8, Day 6, Kidd 5, Logan 3, Montgomery 2, Adams 2, Davis 1, Hocker 1.