Warriors survive at Wayne County in OT

Southwestern’s Tanner McKee fights for position in a win over Casey County earlier this season. On Friday night, McKee and the Warriors remained perfect on the season, with a 69-64 win in overtime at 48th District rival Wayne County.
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By DOUG EADS

The Southwestern Warriors remained perfect on the season on Friday night, but it certainly didn’t come easy.

Playing on the road at 48th District rival Wayne County, the Warriors were looking at a deficit of a Baker’s dozen headed into the fourth quarter of play, but thanks to a rally – a rally that saw Southwestern outscore the Cardinals 23-10 in the fourth quarter — Chris Baker’s club was able to come back from the dead and send the game into overtime.

And, the Warriors got the job done in those extra four minutes, to send the Cards down to a 69-64 defeat in a very hard-fought contest.



Cole Dysinger led the way for the Warriors, and once again the senior guard came up clutch at crunch time.

Dysinger scored 11 of his team-high 20 points in the fourth quarter and in overtime to lead the Warriors in scoring.

Braden Sims chipped in with 14 points in the victory for the Warriors, while Tanner McKee added 13 for Southwestern, who improved to 4-0 on the season with the win.

The Warriors will get back to action today on the road at 5:30 p.m. taking on Thomas Nelson High School.



Somerset goes on road and busts ‘The Rock’

Somerset’s Jackson Cooper drives to the hoop during a game at The Briar Patch earlier this season. On Friday night, Cooper and the Briar Jumpers went on the road and downed Rockcastle County 62-38
Photo by David Rogers


By DOUG EADS

Coming off a disappointing loss on Tuesday night to visiting Boyle County, Jeron Dunbar and the Somerset Briar Jumpers got back at it on Friday night at Rockcastle County, and picked up a big-time 47th District win on the road over the Rockets.

Simply, Somerset went to Mt. Vernon on Friday evening and busted ‘The Rock’.

Gavin Stevens remained on a tear for Somerset, leading the Jumpers with 18 points, while Kaiya Sheron and Kade Grundy each came off the bench to tally 14 and 10 points respectively.



As a result, it was Somerset solidifying its case as very much a district contender with an impressive, 62-38 beatdown over the Rockets.

“This was a great team win,” stated a very happy coach Dunbar after the game.

“I thought we were more in sync with each other tonight, and that was one of our keys we talked about before the game,” added the Somerset head coach. “Gavin (Stevens) got hot early for us again and led us in scoring, and our defense was very good.”

Indeed, Somerset’s ‘D’ was a huge factor in helping the Briar Jumpers improve to 2-1 on the season with the win.

Somerset limited Rockcastle County to under 30 percent shooting for the contest, limiting the home team to only 15-51 field goal attempts from the field, while forcing the Rockets into 18 turnovers.

The Jumpers led this one by 10 points at the intermission at 31-21, but blew the contest wide open with a 26-5 third quarter over Rockcastle County, to lead The Rock 57-26 headed into the fourth quarter of play.

“We caused a lot of chaos and turned them over in the second half,” pointed out Dunbar.

“Our bench stepped up and played hard,” Dunbar continued. “Jack Harmon gave us some really good minutes in his first game back from an injury. We’ll enjoy this win tonight.”



Somerset will return to the court today with a very tough matchup, as Dunbar and crew will travel to Richmond to take on 11th Region power Madison Central.