By DOUG EADS
The Southwestern Lady Warriors came into this season as a legitimate regional contender, and on Wednesday night in the opening round of the Girl’s 12th Regional Basketball Tournament, Stephen Butcher’s club certainly looked the part.
The Lady Warriors led homestanding Pulaski County from wire to wire, throwing a balanced scoring attack at Chris Adkins’ club. When the dust had settled, Southwestern had walked out of The PC Gym with an impressive, 68-34 victory over the Lady Maroons.
With Pulaski County playing without it’s top gun in Shelby Cothron, Southwestern basically put this one away early on, forcing the Lady Maroons to have to play from behind for the entire game.
The Lady Warriors raced out to a 31-17 lead by the intermission, and stretched that margin out to 47-24 through three quarters of play.
And, Southwestern was able to do it by throwing a very balanced scoring attack at PC.
Kallie Sheron paced the Lady Warriors with 13 points, while Regi Cundiff scored 10 of her 12 points after the intermission when the Lady Warriors began to methodically pull away from Pulaski County.
In the fourth period, Ayden Smiddy hit back to back three’s as well as adding two free throws, extending the lead out late to 66-34 in favor of the Lady Warriors.
Ayden Smiddy and Kennedy Harris each tallied 8 points for the Lady Warriors in the win, while Alexa Smiddy and Kaylee Young each chipped in with 7 points.
For Pulaski County, the Lady Maroons season ended at 17-14 on the year with the loss.
PC was led by Heidi Thompson and Haylee Ridner, who each scored 8 points in the contest.
With the win, Southwestern moved to 22-5 on the year and advanced to the semi finals of the tournament, which will get underway from The PC Gym beginning on Sunday afternoon at 2:30 p.m.
The Lady Warriors will meet up in what figures to be a great matchup on Sunday against Lincoln County in the first semi final matchup.
The Lady Patriots punched their ticket to the semi’s, improving to 24-6 on the season with an emphatic, 67-38 blowout win over an out-manned East Jessamine team.
Sunday’s second semi final gamewill feature the two winners from tonight’s final opening round contests.
In Thursday night’s first game, Casey County will tangle with Wayne County beginning at 6:30 p.m., with Thursday’s second game featuring two of the top teams inside the 12th Region, when Danville squares off against two-time defending state champion Mercer County.
The championship game of the tournament will be held at Pulaski County High School on Monday night at 7 p.m.