By MICHAEL CHILDERS, CJ Correspondent
Less than 24 hours after picking up a 40-31 victory on the road at McCreary Central, Southwestern returned to action on Saturday afternoon at the Wigwam against Middlesboro.
It was a Saturday afternoon walk in the park for the Lady Warriors, as they cruised to a 68-23 victory over the visiting Lady Jackets. With the 45-point victory over Middlesboro, Stephen Butcher’s Lady Warriors upped their record to 13-4 on the year.
Southwestern dominated this one from the very get-go, beginning the game with a 44-1 run over the Lady Jackets, who fell to 4-8 on the year with the loss to the Lady Warriors.
Butcher, who is in his first season as the head coach of the Lady Warriors, was glad to see a lot of players get playing time in the victory. In fact, 10 different Lady Warrior players scored in the contest.
“It was good to get everybody in and make sure that we held everybody accountable,” began Butcher. “I was so proud of Adison (Corder), because she could have shot 48 shots, but instead she pitched it to people that were open. It’s an easy game to get lost in, as far in as how you’re supposed to play, but I was really proud of our kids and the way they did things correctly.”
After one quarter in the books, the Lady Warriors held a 26-1 over Middlesboro. Sophomore Samantha Fitzgerald tallied 9 of her 15 points in the opening frame.
Southwestern would continue to roll in the second period, outscoring the Lady Jackets by a margin of 22-5 to grab a 48-6 lead at the intermission. Both Fitzgerald and junior Destiny Molden led the charge with 6 points each in the quarter.
With the running clock going in the second half of action, Southwestern outscored Middlesboro by a 13-7 total in the third stanza. Molden tallied 6 of Southwestern’s 13 points in a quarter that saw them take a 61-13 lead over the Lady Jackets.
The Lady Jackets did outscore Southwestern in the fourth period, 10-7, but it was too little, too late, as the Lady Warriors took the game by final tally of 68-23.
Southwestern had a pair of players hit double figures – Molden and Fitzgerald. Molden tallied a game-high 16 points, while Fitzgerald finished with 15 points and game-high 6 rebounds.
Juniors Adison Corder and Brittany Combs each tallied 7 points for Southwestern, while Madison Cook and Dylana Fothergill both chimed in with 6 points apiece.
The Lady Warriors will have a pair of big games this week, beginning with a chance to clinch the number one seed in the 48th District against Wayne County tonight. On Friday evening, Southwestern will host cross-town rival Pulaski County at the Wigwam.
“Tuesday is the biggest game of the year for us,” said the first-year Lady Warrior coach. “Basically if we win on Tuesday, we’re in the region with the way our district is set up. We’ve been talking about that for a while, so I think we know how important this game is for us.”
Butcher has been pretty pleased with his team’s play so far in the year, but he knows he has yet to see them play their best basketball.
“Right now we are 13-4, so I couldn’t be happier with our record right now,” concluded Butcher. “I would like to see us become a little more consistent. I think if we become the team that I see every day in practice, I think we’re going to a really good basketball team.”
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MID – 1 5 7 10 – 23
SW – 26 22 12 7 – 68
MIDDLESBORO (4-8): Hensley 10, Spurlock 5, Thompson 4, Biscardi 2, Poe 2.
SOUTHWESTERN (13-4): Molden 16, Fitzgerald 15, Corder 7, Combs 7, Cook 6, Fothergill 6, Reed 4, Venable 3, Stephens 2, Latham 2.