By DOUG EADS
MONTICELLO — The Southwestern Warriors dropped a heart breaker against 48th District foe Wayne County earlier this season, losing to the Cardinals 64-63 way back on December 7th at The Wigwam.
In Friday night’s rematch between the two 48th District adversaries at Wayne County, the Warriors exploded for 31 points in the fourth quarter, and even that would not be enough for Chris Baker’s club to exact some revenge over the Cards.
Why you might ask?
For three quarters of play in Friday night’s game, the Warriors struggled mightily at times to put the ball in the hole, and that slow start out of the gate cost Southwestern dearly in this one.
Wayne County held Southwestern to only 15 points in the first half of play, leading the Warriors 31-15 at the intermission, and stretched that advantage out to 44-24 through three quarters of play.
As a result and despite that 31-point fourth quarter explosion, it was Wayne County knocking off the Warriors for a second time this season with a 66-55 victory.
Cole Dysinger led Southwestern with 23 points, scoring 16 of those in that fourth quarter, while Andrew Smith tallied 10 of his 19 points in the final stanza as well.
But, it was a case of being too little, too late, for a Southwestern team that fell to 10-12 on the year with the loss and to 2-2 in district play.
The Warriors will travel to Lincoln County on Tuesday night, before returning home to The Wigwam next Thursday night to host the Casey County Rebels at 7:30 p.m.