The Southwestern Warriors are in the midst of arguably their toughest stretch of the season on the schedule, and it’s beginning to take a toll on the Warriors.
Southwestern saw its losing streak go to three games on Tuesday night at The Wigwam, with a 20-point loss to visiting Lincoln County.
After losing back to back games to regional contenders Wayne County and West Jessamine over the weekend, Chris Baker’s club needed a statement victory on Tuesday evening on its home court, but it was not to be.
The Patriots came out and took control of the contest early on, on their way to a 63-43 victory over Southwestern.
Lincoln County led this one by double figures — 20-10 at the end of the first period — and held a 31-31 lead at the half.
At the end of the third period, the Pats led the Warriors 48-32 on a night when Southwestern just couldn’t get it going offensively.
Cole Dysinger led the Warriors with 20 points in the loss, while Brayden Sims joined him in double figures with 12 points.
Southwestern — 13-12 on the season — will try to bounce back and end the losing skid on Saturday night, when the Warriors travel to Williamsburg.
With a highly-anticipated rematch with Pulaski County awaiting them at the end of the week, the Somerset Briar Jumpers had a final tuneup against North Laurel on Tuesday night at The Briar Patch.
And, Jeron Dunbar’s club didn’t get it done on this night against the Jaguars.
Reed Sheppard — son of former University of Kentucky great and Final Four MOP Jeff Sheppard — came into the Briar Patch and scored a game-high 23 points, helping the visiting Jaguars take down Somerset by a final score of 63-55.
Somerset actually got off to a great start in this one, leading the Jags by double figures at 16-6 at the end of the first quarter, but North Laurel fought back to only trail the Jumpers 29-27 at the intermission.
In the third period, that’s when North Laurel seized control of the contest, outscoring Somerset 19-7 in that decisive frame, leading the Jumpers 46-36 heading into the final stanza, forcing Dunbar and company to have to play from behind.
Kade Grundy led Somerset in the setback with 22 points, while Dakota Acey joined him in double figures with 12 points, and Dylan Burton added 10 points.
Somerset — 19-4 on the season — will return to action on Friday night at The Briar Patch, hosting arch-rival Pulaski County in a critical 47th District contest.
That game will begin immediately following the girl’s game between the two rivals, which tips off at 6 p.m.
The Somerset-Pulaski County game can be heard on iHeartRadio of Somerset’s LAKE 102.3 FM, as yours truly along with my brother — Jamie Eads — will be bringing you all of the exciting action, beginning with our pregame show which will get underway at around 7:15 p.m.
Losers of two of their last three games — and a trip to arch-rival Somerset awaiting them at the end of the week — the Pulaski County Maroons needed a win on Tuesday night.
And, that’s exactly what John Fraley and company were able to achieve.
KJ Combs led three Maroon players in double figures with 20 points, helping the Maroons get back on track and into the ‘win’ column with a 68-58 win over visiting Mercer County.
“We’re always a work in progress, but I thought we played hard and played together tonight,” stated a very pleased coach Fraley after his club improved to 19-5 on the season with the win.
“We’ve kind of been on somewhat of a rough skid of late, so we needed some confidence, and we needed a win, and we were able to get over the hump and get it tonight,” continued the Pulaski County head coach.
The Maroons led this one basically from the outset, only trailing Mercer County on a couple of occasions by a single digit.
Combs meanwhile tallied 11 of his team-high 20 points in the opening half of play, but the Maroons only led the Titans by a 34-31 score at the intermission.
At the beginning of the second half, PC took control of things for good.
Combs nailed a three-point basket, and Colton Fraley scored on a nice drive to the hole, and thanks to that mini, 5-0 spurt out of the gate to start the second half, the Maroons had stretched the lead out to 39-31 over the Titans, forcing Mercer County to call a timeout and try to regroup.
PC eventually stretched the lead out in the fourth quarter to as many as 12 points, as the Titans never really threatened the Maroons coming down the stretch.
Colton Fraley added 15 points in the win for PC, while Zach Travis chipped in with 12 points, on a night when coach John Fraley saw his club get back to doing some of the things that it is good at doing — mainly, overcoming some big-time adversity.
“We’ve had some young kids that have stepped up,” Fraley said.
“I’m not sure of the number of games, but I think Grant (Oakes) has only played in about six or seven games this year,” added the PC coach. “He’s just not been able to get going, and what we thought we might have going into the season, and what you end up playing with, has been nothing close. I know everybody goes through that somewhat. I’ve been proud of our kids for fighting through some adversity and winning some tough games.”
Those tough games continue for Pulaski County on Friday night, as the Maroons will travel to The Briar Patch to face a Somerset team that defeated Pulaski County just last week on the Maroons home court by a final score of 72-52.
That game will follow the girl’s contest, which will get underway at 7:30 p.m.
The PC at Somerset game can be heard on local radio, on LAKE 102.3 FM, as yours truly along with my brother — Jamie Eads — will have all of the action for you, beginning with our pregame show which will get underway at 7:15 p.m.