By DOUG EADS
The Southwestern Warriors came into Tuesday night still looking for their first win of 2019.
A struggling Jackson County team rolled into The Wigwam to face Chris Baker and crew, and the out-manned Generals proved to be the perfect tonic for a Southwestern club in dire need of a win.
Simply put, Southwestern got well and got well in a hurry on Tuesday night.
A total of 12 Warrior players inked their name in the scoring column, led by Cole Dysinger’s 23 points.
Tanner McKee added 12 points, and the Warriors blew open a close game by exploding for 55 second-half points, on their way to an 84-52 beatdown over Jackson County.
Southwestern led the contest 29-23 at halftime, but blew things open by scoring 28 points in a decisive third period of play, taking a 57-39 lead over the Generals headed into the fourth quarter.
Brayden Sims led Southwestern with 11 rebounds in the win, scoring nine points along with Andrew Smith, who also notched nine points in the victory.
Dysinger dished out three assists in the win, along with Hunter Coffey who also notched three assists. Coffey also made his mark on the defensive end of the floor, with a team-high five steals.
For Southwestern, the win improved the Warriors to 7-9 overall on the season, and gave Baker’s club some much-needed momentum headed into its showdown on Friday night at The PC Gym against Pulaski County.
The Southwestern — Pulaski County game is set to tip off Friday night at 7:30 p.m. on the Maroons home court.
If you can’t make it out to the game, you can listen to all of the action on iHeartRadio of Somerset on Lake 102.3, as yours truly along with Melanie Hines will bring you all the play by play coverage of this battle between the two county schools.