Southwestern advances to Sweet 16 championship game

By DOUG EADS

LEXINGTON — Just one more win to a state championship.

That’s where the Southwestern Lady Warriors found themselves after Saturday night at Rupp Arena.

Stephen Butcher’s club — fresh off a 52-42 win over Louisville Male in the semi finals on Saturday evening — only had the Ryle Lady Raiders standing in the way of a first, and improbable state title.



Southwestern’s remarkable post-season run began almost a month ago in the 48th District Tournament, and last night at Rupp Arena the Lady Warriors showed no sign of slowing down any time soon.

Trailing the Male Lady Bulldogs 32-31 at the end of three quarters of play last night, Southwestern took control of the contest by beginning the final period on a 13-0 run.

After that flurry — despite a late-Male run — Southwestern would ice the game away at the free throw line.

Kallie Sheron led Southwestern in the win with 16 points, while Regi Cundiff joined her in double figures with 11 points.

The Lady Warriors — 27-5 on the season — will play in their final game Sunday at 2 p.m. at Rupp Arena, facing the Lady Raiders of Ryle High School in the Sweet 16 State Championship Game.

Ryle — 32-5 on the season — punched its ticket to the state title game by winning Saturday night’s first semi final game with a 55-43 win over Owensboro Catholic.

Southwestern will be vying to make it three state titles in row from the 12th Region, as Mercer County came into this year as the two-time defending state champions.



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