By DOUG EADS
On the opening night of the Girl’s M & W Classic, both Pulaski County and Southwestern rolled to victories.
At PC, the Lady Maroons got a team-high 21 points from Heidi Thompson — who drained five treys in the contest — in helping lead Chris Adkins’ club to an impressive 73-48 win over Frederick Douglass.
For the game, PC hit 11 treys in leading the Broncos virtually wire to wire, and his club’s propensity to be able to shoot lights from long range is beginning to be a strong trait of the Lady Maroons according to Adkins.
“We have won six games now, and in all six of those games we have hit 10 or more three’s,” stated Adkins, after his club moved to 6-3 on the year with the win.
“In all three of our losses, we did not hit 10 three’s, so that’s beginning to kind of become our identity,” continued coach Adkins. “We’re not very big, so we’ve got to make two guard one, and then kick it out to the wings and knock down some three’s. And, we were able to do that tonight.”
Thompson helped the Lady Maroons blow this one open by scoring 13 of her 21 points in the third period — a quarter that seen her knock down three of those five treys — in helping the Lady Maroons extend the lead out to 55-31 heading into the final stanza.
Pulaski County used a balanced scoring attack with 11 players tallying at least two points or more.
Dawn Wilson — who played a stellar game for PC — joined Wilson in double figures with 11 points in the victory.
Meanwhile, across town at Southwestern, coach Stephen Butcher and the Lady Warriors also posted an impressive win on the opening night of the M & W Classic with a 59-36 rout over Shelby Valley.
You want to talk balance? Well, on Wednesday night, Butcher and the Lady Warriors showed their balance against the visiting Lady Kats, and showed just how deep this club can go.
Kennedy Harris, Kaylee Young, and Makayla Noritis all paced Southwestern with nine points in the win, while Jenna Wood, Kylie Foreman, and Regi Cundiff all chipped in with eight points each.
Southwestern led after one quarter of play over Shelby Valley 14-4, and extended that lead to 35-15 by the intermission, and never looked back on its way to improving to 5-0 on the season.
Both PC and Southwestern will be in action tonight in round two of the tourney.
The Lady Maroons will face Shelby Valley at The PC Gym at 6:30 p.m., while Southwestern will take on Menifee County tonight at 8 p.m. at The Wigwam.