Warriors pick up win over Louisville Collegiate


By DOUG EADS

HODGENVILLE — The Southwestern Warriors snapped a two-game losing slide on Friday afternoon, moving to 6-7 on the season, with a 60-37 win over Louisville Collegiate on the second day of The Magnolia Bank Holiday  Classic at Larue County High School.

Chris Baker’s club blew open a close game beginning in the first half of play, by outscoring the Titans by a 35-14 margin over the second and third quarters to take complete control of the contest.

After only leading the Titans by a score of 12-9 after the first period, the Warriors extended that margin out to 16 points by the intermission at 30-14, and led Louisville Collegiate by a whopping 47-23 score at the end of the third stanza.



The Warriors got contributions from just about everybody, as Baker and crew had 10 players place their names in the scoring column in the win.

Southwestern was led by Cole Dysinger’s 15 points, while Brayden Sims and Hunter Coffey each added 10 points for the Warriors, who rebounded from a 63-56 loss to Bullitt Central the night before in the opening round of the tournament.

The Warriors will conclude play in the tournament tomorrow night taking on the host — Larue County — with tip off slated for 6:30 p.m.



Briar Jumpers snap losing streak with win over Cumberland County

Somerset’s Chase Walker scored a game-high 16 points on Thursday night against Cumberland County. Five Briar Jumpers scored in double figures, helping Jeron Dunbar’s club snap a three-game losing slide with an impressive, 81-47 win on the opening night of the Lake Cumberland Holiday Hoops Classic.
Photo by David Rogers

By DOUG EADS

The Somerset Briar Jumpers came into the opening night of the annual Lake Cumberland Holiday Hoops Classic Basketball Tournament mired in a three-game losing slide.

On Thursday night at The Briar Patch taking on Cumberland County, Jeron Dunbar’s club got well, and got well in a hurry.

Chase Walker led a very balanced Somerset scoring attack with a game-high 16 points, and nine Jumpers in all put their name in the scoring column, as Dunbar and company notched an emphatic, 81-47 win over an outmanned Panthers club.



“This was a great bounce back game for us, because we needed a win,” stated a very happy coach Dunbar, after his team evened its season record to 6-6 on the season.

“We came out tonight and dominated from start to finish,” continued the Somerset head coach. “We took care of the ball and had a great defensive effort.”

Indeed, Somerset did just that.

The Briar Jumpers forced the Panthers into 22 turnovers for the contest, while only turning it over two times themselves, on a night when Dunbar’s club dished out 15 assists.

Somerset enjoyed a 19-3 run during the game, helping the Jumpers go up by as many as 36 points in the contest.

And, the Briar Jumpers got it done at the offensive end of the floor as well, hitting on 28-66 field goal attempts, for a very respectable 42.4 percent from the field, which was a huge factor in the purple and gold placing six players in double figures.

Besides Walker’s 16 points, Dylan Burton tallied 14 points in the win, Jase Bruner added 12 points, Kade Grundy and Kaiya Sheron each scored 11 points, and Dakota Acey had 10 points.

“Jase Bruner gave us a big game on the board with 16 rebounds — I’m just proud of my guys,” Dunbar pointed out.



“We have a huge game with a very good Beechwood team tomorrow,” added the SHS head coach. “Hopefully, we can regain our focus and put together another good showing.”

Beechwood won its first game of the tourney, with a hard-fought, 67-62 opening round win over Wayne County.



Warriors drop opener to Bullitt Central Cougars

Hunter Coffey (left), receives instructions from Southwestern head coach Chris Baker (right), in a game earlier this season. On Thursday night, Coffey scored 12 points, but the Warriors fell to Bullitt Central in the opening round of the Magnolia Bank Holiday Classic 63-56 at Larue County High School.
Photo by David Rogers

By DOUG EADS

HODGENVILLE — After falling on the final night of the M & W Classic last Saturday night at The Wigwam, the Southwestern Warriors dropped their second game in a row on Thursday night, playing in the Magnolia Bank Holiday Classic at Larue County High School.

Cole Dysinger scored all 17 of his team-high points after the intermission, while point guard Hunter Coffey added 12 points, but it would not be enough as Chris Baker’s club fell to 5-7 on the year with a 63-56 loss to Bullitt Central.

The Cougars raced out to a 34-23 lead by halftime, and withstood a rally from Southwestern in the second half to hold on for the win.



Dysinger scored half of his club’s 14 points in the third quarter of play, while the Cougars struggled, only scoring six points in the frame.

At that juncture, the Warriors had cut the deficit down to only 40-37 headed into the fourth quarter, and while Dysinger would score 10 more points over the game’s final eight minutes, the Warriors could not overcome the deficit, getting outscored in the final frame by a 23-19 margin by Bullitt Central.

Southwestern will play its second game of the tourney on Friday afternoon at 3 p.m., taking on Louisville Collegiate.