For the second time this season, the Casey County Rebels got the best of the Southwestern Warriors.
After dropping their season-opener to the Rebels way back on November 29th, Southwestern fell to Casey County last night at the Wigwam by a final score of 75-66.
The visiting Rebels marched out to a double-digit lead in the opening half, but Southwestern would storm back to take the lead in the third period. However, Casey County outscored the Warriors, 27-17, in the final quarter to leave the Wigwam with a nine-point victory.
After leading 16-12 after one quarter of play, the Rebels ran their lead out to 28-18 midway through the second stanza. Southwestern, however, roared back to make it a three-point game at the intermission, as Casey County led, 35-32.
A little over halfway through the third frame, Southwestern took their inaugural lead of the ballgame on a lay-up from Hunter Coffey. Coffey's basket was apart of an 8-0 spurt that catapulted the Warriors to a 47-42 advantage with 3:42 left to play in the third period. When the buzzer sounded to bring an end to the third quarter, Southwestern held a one-point, 49-48 lead over the Rebels.
The score went back and forth to begin the fourth period, but Casey County would take the lead for good with just over six minutes to play on a three-point shot from Benjamin McDonald. Thanks to some strong free-throw shooting, the Rebels would hold on for the 12th Region victory.
Speaking of free-throws, there were a lot of those shot during this contest. Both teams combined to shoot a total of 66 free-throws, as Casey County attempted 39 and Southwestern shot 27.
Scoring-wise, Casey County's Maximo Reyes led all scorers with 31 points. Micah Pendleton chimed in with 15 points for the Rebels.
The Warriors were led in scoring by Cole Dysinger, who accumulated 19 points in the loss. Cameron Pierce was the only other Southwestern player to reach double figures, tallying 13 points.
Southwestern, who fell to 11-13 on the season with the loss to Casey County, will travel to the state capitol this evening to face Western Hills. The Warriors will return to the Wigwam on Tuesday, when they will host the Rebels of Boyle County.
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