By DOUG EADS
LEXINGTON — One night after dropping Collins in the first round of the Girl’s Sweet 16 Basketball Tournament at Rupp Arena, the Southwestern Lady Warriors took on former 48th District rival North Laurel on Friday night and simply shot the Lady Jaguars out of the building.
Southwestern punched its ticket to the semi finals by shooting the lights out from downtown, hitting on 12-25 three-point attempts for the game.
As a result of that barrage from deep, Southwestern moved to 26-5 on the season with an impressive, 75-50 win over the Lady Jags.
Southwestern raced out to a 34-19 halftime lead over North Laurel, hitting on 8-12 three-point field goal attempts by the intermission.
And, it was Alexa Smiddy that was leading the way for the Lady Warriors.
Smiddy tallied 12 of her 14 points in the opening half, hitting on 4-5 from downtown.
While Southwestern was putting on a shooting clinic from long range, the Lady Jaguars were having all kinds of trouble with Southwestern’s full court press as well, managing but those 19 points at halftime — a first half that saw North Laurel with one more made field goal (8), than turnover (7).
In the second half, the Lady Warriors continued to stretch the lead out, with Kennedy Harris scoring eight of her 11 points after the intermission.
Kallie Sheron led Southwestern with 16 points in the win, as the Lady Warriors moved only one game away from appearing in the state championship game.
To get there, Southwestern will have to get past a Louisville Male squad, who knocked off a very good Barren County team last night by a 63-49 margin.
The Lady Bulldogs — 24-7 on the season — will meet Southwestern at Rupp Arena tonight in the second semi final game at 8 p.m.
In tonight’s first game of the tourney’s Final Four, Owensboro Catholic — 29-7 — will take on Ryle — 31-5 — beginning at 6:30 p.m.
The championship game of the Girl’s Sweet 16 is scheduled for Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m.