By HEATHER BOATMAN, CJ Correspondent
No Surprises out of the first round for the Boys 48th District Tournament as Southwestern breezed by the Raiders 98-39.
Senior Justin Edwards was awarded his ball for scoring two thousand points and going down in the record books as the Warriors all time leading scorer.
“The first round of the district is always win or go home so we were motivated to get out there and play,” Coach Steve Wright began. “It doesn’t matter what you’ve done in the past or in the regular season everyone starts out at 0-0 tonight.”
The Warriors started the game off with a 12-0 run with points by Adam Isaacs, Steven Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald had 12 of his 19 points for the game in the first quarter. Dylan Gaskins had two blocks early in the quarter also. At the end of the first quarter Southwestern was beating McCreary by 19, 25-6.
After two periods of play the Warriors were up by 38 points with Fitzgerald getting two steals and converting into layups early in the period. Isaacs was able to score seven points in the quarter and hit his third three of the night. Gaskins had an offensive rebound and put back after Edwards missed a free throw. At the end of the first half the score was 55-17 Southwestern had ran off and left the Raiders.
“I am very proud of our kids because they did not take anything for granted and did not think about the previous games. We played our game tonight and a lot of guys on our team did a good job.” Wright remarked
In the third quarter it was mostly the reserves doing the scoring. Hunter Cromer and Fitzgerald were the only two starters who scored in the second half. Hunter Stevens hit two threes in the quarter. John Phelps and Peyton Cundiff both hit a basket in the third quarter. At the end of the third quarter there was a running clock and the Warriors led 76-29.
In the fourth quarter Southwestern did not miss a beat with Michael Richardson scoring seven points and Issiah Jones scoring nine in the final period of play. The Warriors bench put up 22 points in the fourth quarter and only allowed 10 as the final score of the night was 98-39.
“It help moral when a lot of kids get into the game and people other than the normal scorers are able to put points on the board,” Wright stated. “They(Wayne County) have had a great year and to them goes a lot of credit and we figured it might come down to this. We have a lot of respect for them, their program and the season they have had.”
The Warriors advance to the championship game of the 48th District Tournament where they will face the Wayne County Cardinals Thursday night at 8:00.
SW- Fitzgerald 19, Isaacs 15, Cromer 14, Jones 9, Stevens 8, Richardson 7, Cundiff 6, Gaskins 6, Edwards 5, Dykes 4, Phelps 3, Butt 2- 98
MC- Kidd 12, Tucker 10, Longmire 6, Phillips 5, Bryant 5, Smith 1- 39