The Lady Warriors were able to fight through the adversity and pull out the win and the title of 48th District Champions, 51-45.
Southwestern held a 14-point lead over the Lady Cardinals in the third quarter but found themselves down by one with a little over three minutes left in the game.
“We have been talking about the fact that it can’t be our talent that gets us there it has to our hard work,” Steven Butcher began. “We have been one of the most talented teams in the 12th region for several years and our talent has not gotten us anywhere but our hard work and playing for each other will give us a chance.”
The Lady Warriors made four three pointers in the first quarter helping them to gain a 10-point advantage over Wayne County. The Lady Cardinals were credited with the first points of the game holding their first lead of the game for a couple trips. Adison Corder hit a three to give Southwestern a one-point lead. The Lady Warriors then went on a 9-2 run making the score 9-4.
Corder scored eight of her 20 in the opening period. Destiny Molden had a steal that she was able to convert into a layup. At the end of the first period the Lady Warriors had a seven-point lead, 20-13.
In the second quarter Southwestern was able to get the lead back up to double digits after a turnover by the Lady Cardinals led to a three-point basket for Corder. Sophomore Elisabeth Latham had two blocks in the period for the Lady Warriors. Southwestern hit two threes in back-to-back trips, Corder hit one assist by Molden and Senior Allie Venable hit the other assist by Corder. Venable’s three was right before the buzzer giving the Lady Warriors a 10-point lead going into the half.
Southwestern came out and scored four points quickly after the half. Dylana Fothergill scored the first points the quarter. The Lady Warriors had their 14-point lead when Molden hit two free throws after Southwestern had missed four shot attempts Molden was sent to line, 36-22. Wayne was able to start a run that continued until midway through the fourth quarter. The score at the end of the third was 39-31.
“It is hard to create gaps when you keep putting the other team at the line,” remarked Butcher. “The kids got composed, they took care of each other and we happened to make a few plays.”
In the Final period of play the Lady Warriors went scoreless until the four minutes left in the game. Brittany Combs fouled out of the game one minute into the fourth quarter. The Lady Cardinals went on an 18-3 run from 36-22 to 40-39. The Warriors got the lead back when Molden hit a pair of free throws giving her team a one-point lead, 41-40. The Lady Warriors held onto the lead for the remainder of the game. After fothergill hit two free throws late in the game Southwestern had an eight-point lead. The Lady Warriors finished with a six-point advantage as the Lady Cardinals hit a mid-range jump shot at the buzzer. The final score was 51-45.
“At this point it doesn’t matter if you are a district winner or a district loser you could very easily get someone who is going to be as good or better than you.” Butcher stated. “We get to wear white uniforms is all that this means but we will go up to Lincoln County and give it our best shot.”
Both Southwestern and Wayne County will advance to the 12th Region Tournament hosted by Lincoln County. Making the 48th District All Tournament Team was Kaylee Cotton and Cierra Terry from McCreary County. Jamie Roberts, Taylor Alexander and Bethany Peyton from Wayne County. Adison Corder, Destiny Molden, Dylana Fothergill and Allie Venable from Southwestern.
Wayne Co. 45
SW-Corder 20, Molden 11, Fothergill 8, Reed 4, Venable 3, Latham 3, Combs 2- 51
WC- Roberts 16, Peyton 13, Alexander 11, Taylor bell 2, Hopper 2, Tori bell 1- 45