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February 16, 2014

Lady Warriors finish strong

Southwestern outscores Lady Maroons 32-18 in second half to pull away

Somerset — Pulaski County found themselves trailing Southwestern by a 36-30 margin at halftime in last night’s Cancer Awareness Classic showdown at PC Gym.

The visiting Lady Warriors would widen the gap to double digits in the third frame, as they outscored the home standing Lady Maroons by a margin of 15-4.

Thanks to that big third quarter, Stephen Butcher’s Lady Warriors would take last night’s game with Pulaski County by a final tally of 68-47. With the 21-point victory over the Lady Maroons, Southwestern upped their overall record to 21-4 and moved their winning streak to 11 games in a row.

Butcher, who is in his first season as the head coach of the Lady Warriors, was relieved to see his team come away with a win after an eight-day stretch without any games.

“I was worried that we weren’t going to be as good execution-wise because we hadn’t played a game in so long,” told Butcher. “Pulaski County is doing a really great job of doing what coach Muntz wants them to do – they play so hard. I was proud of my kids for hanging in there and grinding it out.”

Southwestern tallied six unanswered points to begin the third period, allowing them to stretch the lead from six points to 12 points to grab a 42-30 advantage. Elisabeth Latham, Adison Corder, and Samantha Fitzgerald contributed with points on the run.

The Lady Warriors, paced by a six-point quarter from Fitzgerald, outscored Pulaski County by 11 points in the third period to take a 51-34 lead into the fourth period.

First-year Lady Maroon head coach Tarah Muntz was glad to see her team play well early on, but she says her team must play four full quarters to get a victory.

“I was really happy with us for two and a half quarters,” began Muntz. “I think we did a really good job of coming out and executing the game plan. I think we fell off in the last half of the third quarter and the fourth quarter. I wish we could have put a whole game together, because it was a six-point game at the half. We’ve made an improvement since the first game with Southwestern, but we’ve got to continue to improve.”

Both teams would trade baskets in the early minutes of the contest, as the score was tied at 8-8 with 4:06 left in the opening frame. A trey from Corder with just under four minutes left to play in the first period would give Southwestern an 11-8 lead. The Lady Warriors would not trail again.

After one quarter in the books, Southwestern found themselves ahead of the Lady Maroons by a seven-point margin at 21-14. Corder led all scorers in the frame with 7 points.

Pulaski County took the second quarter, outscoring the Lady Warriors by a lone point at 16-15. The Lady Maroons lessened a nine-point Southwestern lead down to four points midway through the quarter after a 7-0 spurt that included baskets from Peyton Ingram and Taryn Davis.

Southwestern had four players finish in double figures on the night. Corder led the way for her team with 13 points, while Destiny Molden, Brittany Combs, and Fitzgerald all tallied 12 points each.

Elisabeth Latham, of Southwestern, pulled down a game-high 8 rebounds to go along with her 8 points. Fitzgerald chimed in with 6 boards on the night.

Ingram led the charge for the Lady Maroons with team-highs in points (13) and rebounds (7). Davis was the only other Pulaski County player to hit double figures, as she finished with 11 points on the evening. Jeriah Privett, who also had 5 points, pulled down 5 boards.

The Southwestern-Pulaski County match-up concluded a day full of games in the annual Cancer Awareness Classic at PC Gym. Both local head coaches had really kind words to say about the event following the game.

Butcher, who has had cancer affect family and friends of his own, was more than happy to be part of the event and hopes to do a similar event at the Wigwam in the future.

“I told the girls that cancer is going to touch all of us in some form or fashion,” Butcher explained. “Anytime we can be a part of something like this is really great. We would like to do our part and maybe get an event like this going to help raise some funds for cancer awareness.”

After losing Randy Elmore to cancer last August, Muntz and the Lady Maroons went with a ‘Play Strong’ motto on their warm-up shirts to honor the former Pulaski County athletic director.

“With the death of coach Elmore this past year, we felt like our shirts said it all – play strong,” told Muntz. “To be able to play for such a great cause is just a great thing. Having all the teams play here today in support of cancer awareness was amazing.”

The Lady Maroons (16-10) will play their final home game of the year on Tuesday evening, when they will host the McCreary Central Lady Raiders. The game with McCreary Central will also be Senior Night.

Southwestern will close the regular season with a pair of road games this week, beginning with a road game against Mercy. The Lady Warriors’ final game of the regular season will be on Thursday evening, when they will travel to Mercer County for a meeting with the Lady Titans.

 

Follow Michael Childers on Twitter: @GetChili22

SW – 21 15 15 17 – 68

PC – 14 16 5 13 – 47

 

SOUTHWESTERN (21-4): Corder 13, Fitzgerald 12, Molden 12, Combs 12, Latham 8, Fothergill 5, Fourman 3, Reed 2, Cook 1.

 

PULASKI COUNTY (16-10): Ingram 13, Davis 11, McCollum 6, Privett 5, Perkins 5, Dick 5, Lowery 4.

 

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