By DOUG EADS
The 2019-’20 girl’s high school basketball season is still almost two months away, but current Southwestern senior Regi Cundiff has already taken care of some business, albeit off the court.
On Monday morning in front of friends, family, and teammates, Cundiff signed her name to an official letter of intent and will be playing her collegiate basketball for Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Kentucky next season.
Lady Raiders head coach John Wethington — a good friend of mine and a former classmate from Casey County High School — couldn’t hold back his enthusiasm when talking about Cundiff, and what her signing means to his outstanding program.
“Regi’s just a great talent, and anyone with the athleticism that she has — that’s the thing that really enticed us to want to sign her,” pointed out the long-time Lindsey Wilson head coach.
“You can play her at two or three different spots, and she can shoot the ball from the outside,” Wethington added. “She can go down and post up, but we like her to fit in with our style of play which is run and gun.”
Cundiff is coming off a great junior season — a season that saw her help Southwestern to a 12th Regional championship and a runner-up finish in the Girl’s Sweet 16 State Basketball Tournament last March at Rupp Arena, helping the Lady Warriors to a 27-6 season.
Cundiff led Southwestern in both scoring and rebounding last year, averaging 14.4 points per contest, while averaging 5.4 rebounds per game.
She shot 51.2 percent from the field, connecting on 154 of 301 field goal attempts, making her one of the top players in the 12th Region last season as a junior.
For Cundiff, going to Lindsey Wilson was a no-brainer, considering the fact that her older brother Payton Cundiff will be playing for the Blue Raiders later this season as a red-shirt freshman.
“I knew I wanted to be close to home, and I wanted to be at a tight-knit college,” pointed out Cundiff.
“They really have a family type energy, and it seems that all their athletes are just really close,” added the Southwestern senior. “My brother Payton is my best friend, and I love being around him. We get along all the time now — it used to wasn’t that way. It would have definitely been weird not going to school with him.”
As for the new Southwestern head basketball coach, Junior Molden is getting ready to take over the helm of the Lady Warrior basketball program for Stephen Butcher, who left after taking the Lady Warriors to the state tourney finals last season to move into administration at Southwestern as an assistant principal.
Despite being a new head coach at Southwestern, Molden is very familiar with Cundiff and what she can do on the basketball court.
Molden has worked with the Southwestern senior for several years, dating all the way back to her early days in middle school, and the first-year Lady Warrior head coach says he believes Lindsey Wilson got an absolute steal with Cundiff’s signing on Monday.
“She had a great summer, and we really hit it off together really well, and I expect her to have a big senior season — I really do,” stated Molden.
“She’s focused every day in conditioning, and I think a lot of Regi, and I’ve been around the family for many years,” added the Lady Warrior head coach. “She’s going to be an outstanding player in the years to come for Lindsey Wilson.”
Cundiff and the Lady Warriors will tip off the 2019-’20 high school season playing on the road at North Laurel on December 5th.