By DOUG EADS
STANFORD — After enjoying a week off, following a three-day trip to close out 2018 by playing in the Magnolia Bank Holiday Classic at Larue County High School, the Southwestern Warriors returned to the hardwood on Saturday afternoon at Lincoln County High School taking part in The Patriot Classic.
And, the Warriors did not fare well in their first game of the new year.
Faced with the daunting task of taking on one of the powers in the 11th Region — Lexington Christian Academy — Chris Baker’s club fell behind early and could never recover.
The Eagles — led by one of the state’s premier players in Kyle Rode — raced out to a 12-point lead by halftime at 33-21, and went on to drop Southwestern to 6-9 on the season, with a 68-49 win over the Warriors.
Cole Dysinger led Southwestern with 18 points in the loss — scoring 12 of those 18 points after the intermission — but it would not be enough to prevent Southwestern from dropping its second game in a row.
Brayden Sims added 12 points in the loss for the Warriors, and he paced Southwestern with a team-best 12 rebounds.
Jon Wood turned in a solid game for Southwestern, scoring 11 points and pulling down six boards, while Hunter Coffey paced his club with five assists in the setback.
Southwestern will try to bounce back returning to The Wigwam on Tuesday night, where the Warriors will host Jackson County in a game set to tip off at 7:30 p.m.