Lady Warriors continue to roll in Tennessee tourney

By DOUG EADS

For the second time in two days, the Southwestern Lady Warriors once again proved the proverbial cream always rises to the top.

Taking on the number-five ranked team in their respective class in the Rocky Top state, Junior Molden’s club got a balanced scoring attack from the big three of Kennedy Harris, Regi Cundiff, and Alexa Smiddy, and the North Greene Huskies from Tennessee proved to be no match for the blue and orange from the Bluegrass State in the second round of the Smokey Mountain Classic in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

The trio of Harris, Cundiff, and Smiddy scored 42 of the Lady Warriors 57 points in the contest — scoring 14 points each — helping Molden and crew to another impressive victory — this time by a final score of 57-40.



“This was a really good victory for us over a very good North Greene team,” stated Molden, immediately after watching his club improve to 7-1 on the season.

“The final score really didn’t indicate how good North Greene actually was,” added the Lady Warrior head coach. “They were ranked number five in their class in Tennessee, so this was a very nice win for our team.”

Southwestern put this one away early once again, by racing out in front of the Huskies, leading this one by a score of 26-19 by halftime.

Then, Molden and crew was able to ice this one away in the third period by outscoring the Huskies 20-8, taking a very comfortable, 46-27 lead headed into the fourth stanza.

Southwestern will close out play in the tournament on Saturday.



Lady Warriors begin play in Smokies with impressive win

Southwestern senior Regi Cundiff goes up for two points in a game earlier this week against district rival Wayne County. Last night, Cundiff led the Lady Warriors with 17 points helping Junior Molden’s club to a 60-29 win over Saltillo, Mississippi in the opening round of the Smokey Mountain Classic in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
Photo by Nick Hibbard

By DOUG EADS

Junior Molden and the Southwestern Lady Warriors had been on a tear of late, winning their last three games over Scott County, Graves County, and Wayne County by an average of 23.6 points per game.

On Thursday afternoon in the opening round of the Smokey Mountain Classic in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, Molden and the Lady Warriors actually improved upon those gaudy numbers.

Southwestern raced out to a 42-10 lead by halftime, and led by as much as 42 points in the second half, helping Molden and crew come away with a relatively easy, 60-29 win over Saltillo, Mississippi.



“This was a solid team win for us,” stated Molden. “We play a really good North Greene, Tennessee team tomorrow, so we need to keep our focus and keep playing up to our potential.”

Kennedy Harris led Southwestern — now 6-1 on the season — with 17 points, while Regi Cundiff joined her in double figures with 15 points, and McKayla Noritis added 12.

The Lady Warriors play North Greene, Tennessee on Friday as the tourney continues.