By DOUG EADS
Could the blueprint remain the same?
Well, in the end the answer was ‘No’, but things certainly looked like there might be a repeat on the horizon between 48th District rivals Wayne County and Southwestern.
Back on December 13th in Monticello, Southwestern fell behind Wayne County on the Cards’ home court by double figures, and rallied to knock off the Cardinals by a 69-64 score in overtime.
In Friday night’s rematch at The Wigwam, it was Wayne County once again building a double-digit lead over the Warriors, leading by as many as 17 points in the opening half of play.
However this time around, Rodney Woods’ club would have the answers at crunch time.
Despite a furious second half comeback by Southwestern, and a valiant effort by the Warriors senior point guard Cole Dysinger who poured in a game-high 44 points, it was Wayne County coming away with a hard-fought, 75-70 win over Southwestern.
Wayne County took control of the game from the outset, leading Southwestern 21-10 at the end of the first quarter, and led by 17 points at 34-17 late in the first half.
That lead stood at 14 points at the intermission at 40-26, but Southwestern — just as it did in the first meeting with the Cards — would rally in the second half.
Dysinger — who scored 27 of his 44 points in the second half — led the charge back for the Warriors beginning in the third quarter.
Southwestern only trailed Wayne County 54-50 at the end of the third frame, and early in the final stanza, Chris Baker’s club had the game down to only one possession, only trailing the Cards by a score of 56-53.
The Warriors were right back in this one, however after trimming the deficit down to that three-point margin, Wayne County would score the next five points to go back up by eight at 61-53, and the Cards would hit their free throws down the stretch to hold on for the five-point win.
With the win, Wayne County moved to 14-9 on the year, while Southwestern fell to 13-10 on the season.
The Warriors return to action today at East Jessamine High School, facing West Jessamine in the annual North/South Shootout.