In their last home game of the season, the Southwestern Lady Warriors defeated the Boyle County Rebels in almost every single statistical category. Southwestern outshot the Lady Rebels from the field and the three-point line. The Lady Warriors forced six more turnovers than they committed, finished the evening with 13 steals, while the Lady Rebels had only six.

However, the Lady Rebels left the Wigwam with a 57-50 win. So what was the difference? Fouls and free throw shooting. Southwestern was whistled for 18 fouls on the evening, while Boyle County was called for only nine. Due to the lop-sided foul situation the Rebels attempted 16 shots from the charity stripe, while the blue and orange shot only five for the entire game.

When the first half ended, Southwestern held a 27-17 lead, but Boyle County wasn’t going leaving that easily.

“I challenged my team pretty hard at halftime,” said smiling Boyle County head coach Judy Mason. Whatever Mason told her team at intermission must of sparked a fire under her team, because her Lady Rebels outscored the Warriors 19-8 in the third stanza.

A big part of that scoring run came from Boyle County’s Tori Alcorn. Alcorn scored back-to-back baskets, which was followed by two free throws, sparking a 6-0 Boyle County run by herself. When the third quarter had ended the Rebels held a 36-35 edge and Southwestern’s once 10 point lead was no more. According to the Boyle County head coach, getting the ball to Alcorn was no coincidence.

“I told the team that we needed to get the ball to Tori (Alcorn), because I thought she was getting nice looks in the paint,” said Mason.

“I was just glad to come over here and get a win against Southwestern. They are a quality team and I think are one of the better teams in this region—but I was also glad to come back here to Pulaski County and just get my first win here since I left Somerset,” Mason added.

The Warriors tried to make a fourth quarter comeback, but that comeback was cut short by Rebel free throws. With just seconds remaining on the clock, Boyle County’s Ally Haftey sank a few free throws resulting in a seven point Lady Rebels win.

“I though we played well in the first half and we ended the half with a 10 point lead, but we came out in the second half and played like we we’re 10 points down. We played too fast and with a sense of urgency, which wasn’t needed,” said Southwestern head coach Tim Rice.

“Throughout the whole game we just missed some easy layups and has a lot of missed opportunities. The thing is those our missed points, no matter what point in the game they were missed. Missed shots in the first quarter, and second quarter can easily come back to haunt you in the fourth quarter,” added Rice.

With the loss the Warriors fall to 16-9 on the year, but will be back in action Friday, Feb. 24 when they travel to Mercer County, with tip-off set for 7:30 p.m.

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