By DOUG EADS
The Southwestern Lady Warriors remained perfect on the season, improving to 6-0 on the year on Thursday night with a 62-45 win over visiting Menifee County.
Kennedy Harris paced Southwestern with 17 points, while Regi Cundiff added 13, and Kylie Foreman chipped in with 10 points.
Stephen Butcher’s club led for most of the way, yet it was Menifee County only trailing the Lady Warriors 26-24 at halftime.
However, Southwestern took control of this one in a decisive third quarter, outscoring the Lady Cats 20-10, to lead 46-34 heading into the final stanza.
Southwestern didn’t have a good shooting night from the field in this one, hitting on only seven of 27 attempts from behind the arc, while shooting 32.9 percent from the field for the game, in connecting on only 23-70 field goal attempts.
However, Southwestern got it done on the defensive side of the ball on Thursday night, coming up with 18 steals while forcing Menifee County into 29 turnovers.
The Lady Warriors will be in action tonight at 8 p.m. at The Wigwam, taking on Lexington Christian in round three of the M & W Shootout.
Meanwhile across town last night, the Pulaski County Lady Maroons were not as fortunate as Southwestern.
After nailing 11 three-point baskets in night one of the M & W Shootout in a blowout victory over Frederick Douglass, PC was held to only seven made three’s against Shelby Valley, as the Lady Kats pulled off the upset over the Pulaski County, knocking off Chris Adkins and company by a final score of 66-61.
Shelby Valley led this one almost from wire to wire, and every time it seemed that Pulaski County would make a run, it was the Lady Kats that would have the answer.
The Lady Kats led this one 31-27 at the intermission, and led 46-42 over Pulaski County after three periods of play.
In the final quarter, Shelby Valley would go up as much as nine points, but PC would come back and whittle that deficit down to only two points on a couple of occasions.
However, behind the play of reserve Laci Johnson, the Lady Kats would survive that furious Pulaski rally and hold on for the win.
Johnson came off the Shelby Valley bench to score a game-high 21 points helping her club move to 4-6 with the win.
Pulaski County was paced by Shelby Cothron’s 16 points, while Heidi Thompson added 15 for the Lady Maroons.
Pulaski County — 6-4 on the season — will return to action today in the third round of the tourney, facing Menifee County at The PC Gym this evening at 6:30 p.m.