Commonwealth Journal

January 24, 2014

Warriors’ offense shifts into high gear

By HEATHER BOATMAN, CJ Correspondent
Commonwealth Journal

Somerset — The Southwestern High School boys basketball team stomped district contenders McCreary Central High School at the Wigwam on Thursday afternoon by 42 points, 101-59. The last time these two teams met Southwestern won 81-36. The Warriors are now 2-1 in district play.

“We were pretty sloppy early,” began coach Steve Wright. “Sometimes after you play a team and beat them pretty bad it’s hard to get the kids to focus.”

Adam Isaacs shot lights out from beyond the arc hitting four of the team’s nine 3-pointers. Isaacs had 18 on the night.

In the first quarter, Southwestern allowed the Raiders to score at will and only trail by one until Isaacs hit two threes back to back from the corner. That put the Warriors on a roll that didn’t seem to end until the game was over. At the end of the opening quarter the score was 19-13.

Southwestern scored 28 points in the second quarter senior Justin Edwards had nine of those. The Warriors did allow McCreary to score 19 but they were still able to go into the half with a comfortable lead. McCreary’s Kyle Tucker did majority of the team's scoring finishing the night with 30 points – over half of the team's points.

At the end of the second quarter, Southwestern led by 15 points at   47-32.

“Offensively, we are playing really well right now,” stated Wright. “But defensively there are some holes that we have to fill and some things that we have to clean up.”

Coming out after the half the Warriors were still on this offensive roll, putting up 30 points in the third quarter. Stephen Fitzgerald hit his second three of the night in quarter. Edwards made six free throws in the period as he shot 9-of-10 from the line on the night.

Robbie Miller, a big man for the Warriors, stepped out and showed his range draining a three-pointer. Danny Butt also nailed a three for Southwestern at the end of the third. The Warriors had put this game beyond reach for the Raiders. It did not even phase the Warriors when Tucker hit three treys – all back-to-back-to-back. The score at the end of the third was 77-48.

Southwestern put in the reserves early in the fourth and 12 of the Warriors made it to the scoring column with a lot of the bench players finishing off the Raiders and scoring over the century mark in the final seconds of the game.

The Warriors are now 14-3 on the season after the big win on Thursday. Southwestern will return to action on today traveling to Montgomery County to play Perry County Central at 3:15 p.m., in the Joe B. Hall Prep Classic.

SOUTHWESTERN (14-3) - Edwards 21, Isaacs 18, Cromer 12, Fitzgerald 12, Gaskins 10, Butt 8, Miller 7, Stephens 5, Phelps 2, Jones 2, Benadum 2, Richardson 2-101

MCCREARY CENTRAL (1-15) - Tucker 30, Longmire 7, Trammel 6, Phillips 4, Clark 3, Smith 3, Kidd 2, Dixon 2, Bryant 2-59