By MICHAEL CHILDERS, CJ Correspondent
Paced by a 13-0 run in the second period, the Southwestern Lady Warriors pulled away from cross-town rival Pulaski County to come away with a 69-37 victory last night at the Wigwam.
Early in the second period, the Lady Warriors held a five-point, 20-15 lead over the visiting Lady Maroons. Southwestern would then score 13 unanswered points to grab a 33-15 second quarter lead over Pulaski County.
Junior Adison Corder had a big second frame for Southwestern, scoring 16 of her game-high 26 points in the quarter. In fact, the Lady Warrior junior outscored Pulaski County by a six-point margin in the stanza.
Also in the frame, Corder tallied her 2,000th point in Lady Warrior career. Corder became the second-ever Southwestern player – girls or boys – to enter the prestigious club, joining former teammate Danay Fothergill.
Stephen Butcher, who is in his first season as the Lady Warrior coach, was really happy to see Corder add her name to the 2,000-point club.
“It’s something special,” began Butcher. “I told Josh McKinney that if Adison gets on a roll tonight, we will stop the game and recognize if she gets 2,000 points. I didn’t realize that she was going to get on a roll that quick into the game. She had a really good effort tonight.”
Paced by a strong frame from Corder, Southwestern went into the locker room with a 42-23 advantage over the Lady Maroons.
The first-year Lady Warrior coach is really liking the way his team is playing right now.
“We’re getting a little bit better,” said Butcher. “We’re showing a little progress. We’re also showing a lot of maturity. As long as we keeping moving in a positive direction and keep getting everyone involved, we’re going to be hard to deal with.”
The Lady Warriors started the game with a 9-1 run after baskets from Elisabeth Latham, Destiny Molden, and Corder. Freshman Taryn Davis knocked down a pair of three-pointers for Pulaski County to cut the Lady Warrior lead to five points at 13-8.
Unfortunately for Pulaski County, five points would be as close as they would get for the remainder of the evening. After the first period came to end, the Lady Warriors led by a score of 20-13.
Following the game, first-year Lady Maroon coach Tarah Muntz said that her ball club just couldn’t seem to get things going.
“We really couldn’t get into the groove the entire evening – you’ve got to give them credit,” said Muntz. “We didn’t take care of the ball. We weren’t as aggressive offensively as we usually are. You’ve got to give credit to Southwestern’s defense.”
Muntz called the Lady Warriors to team to beat in the 12th Region.
“(Southwestern) is the best team in the region – they’re the favorite to win it. They are a very talented team. Defensively, they just beat us up. They’re more mature and have a lot of game experience.”
Joining Corder in double figures for the Lady Warriors was fellow junior Brittany Combs, who finished with 11 points. Samantha Fitzgerald chimed in with 8 points, while Molden tallied 7 points.
Davis led the charge for Pulaski County with 11 points – she scored 7 of her 11 points in the first period. Jeriah Privett was the Lady Maroons’ second-leading scorer, finishing with 9 points on the night. MacKenzie McCollum added 7 points for Pulaski County.
Butcher says the Lady Maroons will be a team that no one wants to come up against later in the season.
“Coach Muntz is doing a great job over at Pulaski,” praised Butcher. “I promise you that no one will want to face that team a month from now. When you’re young and that enthusiastic about playing, you’re only going to get better. I want to give her credit, because those kids have improved leaps and bounds.”
Pulaski County, who fell to 12-5 on the season with the loss, will return to action on Tuesday evening, when they will host Casey County at 6 p.m. at PC Gym.
Southwestern, now 15-4, will be on the road Tuesday night, traveling to Russell County to face the Lady Lakers.
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PC – 13 10 7 7 – 37
SW – 20 22 18 9 – 69
PULASKI COUNTY (12-5): Davis 11, Privett 9, McCollum 7, Ingram 3, Anderson 2, Lowery 2, Wilson 1.
SOUTHWESTERN (15-4): Corder 26, Combs 11, Fitzgerald 8, Molden 7, Venable 5, Latham 4, Fothergill 3, Duncan 3, Stephens 3.