By DOUG EADS
Coming off of their first district loss in seven years, the Southwestern Lady Warriors came into Friday night’s game against Pulaski County as a favorite in round one of this yearly clash, but Junior Molden’s club found itself in another tight affair at The PC Gym.
Homestanding Pulaski County gave Southwestern all it wanted and then some, however, the Lady Warriors — unlike earlier in the week at Wayne County — would have the answers at crunch time.
Alexa Smiddy led all scorers with 15 points, Kennedy Harris added 12 points, and senior guard Jenna Wood scored all seven of her points in the fourth quarter — which included two, huge made three’s — as Molden’s club prevailed over the Lady Maroons in a thriller, by a final count of 52-48.
This one was close throughout, and it was Pulaski County that led the Lady Warriors at the intermission by a 22-19 margin in a very low-scoring affair.
Southwestern got down by as many as five points early in the second half, but Molden’s club was able to rally, and actually led PC 34-31 headed into the fourth quarter.
In that final frame, the game remained tight.
Senior Jenna Wood arguably saved the day for the Lady Warriors, as she scored all seven of her points in the fourth period, which included both of those big-time, three-point baskets.
Pulaski County — which fell to 12-6 on the season with the loss — was led by Maddy Dunn with 14 points, while Caroline Oakes added 12 points for the Lady Maroons, and Heidi Thompson scored 11 points.
Southwestern — 14-3 on the season — will return to action on Monday evening at 6:30 p.m. on the road at Clay County, while Pulaski County will also be on the road on Monday at 4 p.m., playing at Russell High School over in eastern Kentucky.