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December 29, 2012

Southwestern beats East Jessamine 81-65 in Holiday Hoops Classic

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On paper at least, they were the owners of the top two records within the 12th Region.
On the hardwood, one was significantly better than the other —  for one particular night any way.
The 10-3 East Jessamine Jaguars rolled into Southwestern’s Wigwam to face the home-standing 9-2 Warriors on Thursday night in the opening round of the Lake Cumberland Holiday Hoops Classic, and the visitors from Nicholasville never had a chance.
Isaiah Collier’s three just seven seconds into the game gave Southwestern a very quick, 3-0 lead, and Steve Wright’s club would never look back.
Southwestern raced out to a 20-4 lead midway through the first period, and despite one scoring drought that lasted seven and a half minutes, it was the Warriors cruising to an impressive, 81-65 victory over the Jaguars.
“I just think after Christmas it’s just tough to come back and play,” stated Wright, after his own club moved to 10-2 with the victory.
“It’s just a hard time of the year, and hopefully we will be a little sharper and a little more consistent tomorrow night,” continued the SWHS coach. “Our effort was good, and we did a lot of things that we were trying to do. They’re (East Jessamine) an awfully good team. They shoot the ball well, and they spread you out and they drive it to the hole good.”
Collier’s three with 7:53 remaining in the opening quarter of play gave the Warriors that quick, 3-0 lead, but there would be much, much more to come from Southwestern.
The Warriors defense forced East Jessamine into six turnovers in the opening stanza, while limiting the Jaguars to only five made buckets over that same span of time.
However, after rolling out to a 20-4 lead in the first quarter, the Warriors went cold.
How cold? Ice cold.

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