By DOUG EADS
In a loss at Madison Southern last weekend, the Southwestern Warriors faded down the stretch, failing to execute at crunch time.
Last night at The Wigwam, the shoe was on the other foot so to speak, as the Warriors rallied late to down visiting Cordia.
The Lions led Southwestern 54-47 through three quarters of play, however it was the Warriors this time with a 30-19 rally in the final frame, roaring back for a hard-fought, 77-73 win over the Lions.
Cordia took immediate control of this contest, leading Southwestern 24-12 after one period of play, and the Lions held the lead at the break, 34-31, after the first Warrior rally of the contest in the second frame that got Chris Baker and company within striking distance.
But, it would not be until the final moments of the contest coming down the stretch at crunch time that Southwestern would be able to put this one in the ‘win’ column.
Brayden Sims had another monster game for the Warriors, scoring a game-high 37 points, while pulling down 13 rebounds.
Cole Dysinger joined Sims in double figures with 15 points, while Hunter Coffey added 11 points and picked up five steals in the victory.
Andrew Smith had a solid effort as well, scoring six points in the win, while leading the Warriors with nine assists.
Southwestern — 10-11 on the season — will return to action on Friday night, with a pivotal 48th District game on the road at arch-rival Wayne County.
That contest is set to tip off at 7:30 p.m.