Marred in a four-game losing skid, the Southwestern Warriors were in dire need of a win — regardless of the opponent.
That opponent on Thursday night just happened to be district-rival McCreary Central, and Chris Baker’s club did indeed get that much-needed victory in a very hard-fought battle by a final score of 47-40.
Southwestern led this one 26-22 at the half and stretched that lead out to eight points — 37-29 — by the end of the third quarter.
Cole Dysinger led the Warriors in the win with 12 points, Hunter Coffey added 10 points, and Brayden Sims tallied seven points while pulling down a game-high 15 rebounds.
The Warriors — 12-9 on the season — will return to action tonight on the road at Bell County.
Southwestern will return home to The Wigwam on Friday night, January 31st at home against arch-rival Wayne County at 7:30 p.m.
The Southwestern Lady Warriors traveled to Clay County on Monday night, and after the game, maybe head coach Junior Molden summed it up best.
“My team showed back up tonight,” stated the Lady Warriors head coach.
Indeed, it did.
Southwestern absolutely pummeled homestanding Clay County on Monday night, rolling to a 67-31 victory to improve to a 12th-Region best, 15-3 mark on the season.
Alexa Smiddy led a very balanced scoring effort for Southwestern with 12 points, followed by 11 points from Kennedy Harris, 10 points from Jenna Wood, and nine points from Regi Cundiff, who pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds in the win.
“We have number 19-ranked South Laurel at home tomorrow (Tuesday) night,” pointed out Molden after the win at Clay County.
“I’m going to find out if my team is back to buying in and playing together real quick,” he added.
In Monday’s win at Clay County, the Lady Warriors grabbed this one by throat from the outset, leading the Lady Tigers by as much as 38 points, putting this game on a running clock.
South Laurel — 13-4 on the year and ranked number 19 in the state of Kentucky — will be Southwestern’s next opponent.
That game is tonight at The Wigwam, with tip off scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
The Pulaski County Maroons scored the first 11 points of the game on Friday night against arch-rival Southwestern, and then trailed for the first time of the contest early in the third period.
No problem for John Fraley and crew however.
On Friday evening at The PC Gym, the Maroons made the plays they needed to make at crunch time, and in a game that was what one might expect between two solid district and regional contenders, it was Pulaski County surviving in round one of this county rivalry, with a hard-fought, 69-64 win over the Warriors.
After falling behind PC early on in this affair by that 11-0 margin, Southwestern managed to slowly climb back in this one.
Senior point guard Cole Dysinger hit three of his four made three-point baskets in the first half, helping the Warriors get off of the mat.
Despite being down by double figures right out of the gate, the Warriors were only down to the Maroons by a bucket at halftime, only trailing Pulaski County by a 31-29 margin.
In the third frame, Southwestern took its only two leads of the contest, grabbing a one-point lead early in the third quarter, and later in the frame, Chris Baker’s club found itself up by two points over the Maroons.
However, Pulaski County would come back on a night where the Maroons wouldn’t be denied.
The game was tied up at 47-47 through three quarters of play, but thanks to a 22-12 rally by the Maroons in the final frame, PC finally took charge in this one for good.
Pulaski County led this one late — 69-59 — before Southwestern would score five late points inside the final 10 seconds of the game.
KJ Combs hurt the Warriors all night long with his ability to post up in the paint for some easy baskets, and he led PC with a game-high 20 points.
Colton Fraley added 17 points in the win for the Maroons, and Zach Travis chipped in with 11 points.
Southwestern meanwhile was paced by Dysinger’s 18 points, while Brayden Sims added 17 points for the Warriors.
The Maroons came into Friday night’s game as the only team in the 12th Region with an undefeated record against 12th Regional opponents, and thanks to the win over the Warriors, that streak remained in tact.
Pulaski County — 14-3 on the season with the win — will return to action at The PC Gym on Monday night, hosting 13th Regional power Clay County at 7:30 p.m.
The Warriors — 11-8 on the year with the loss — with seven of those eight losses coming by five points or less — will swing back into action tonight at the friendly confines of The Wigwam, as Southwestern will host Tates Creek at 7:30 p.m.
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.
The Southwestern Warriors — coming off a tough, one-point loss over the weekend to North Laurel — returned to the hardwood on Tuesday night, and for the first time this season, Chris Baker’s club lost a game by more than a single possession.
The Warriors traveled to Estill County on Tuesday evening, and fell to the host Engineers by a final score of 52-41.
Cole Dysinger led the Warriors in the loss with 17 points, as Southwestern fell to 11-7 on the season with the loss.
Southwestern will try to bounce back on Friday night, hosting Pulaski County in a girl/boy doubleheader at The Wigwam.
The girl’s game will start things off on Friday night beginning at 6 p.m.
The Southwestern Lady Warriors have been pretty much on a roll since the 2019-’20 high school basketball season tipped off, and Junior Molden’s club is showing no signs whatsoever of slowing down.
Playing on the road on Thursday night against a very good Danville squad, Molden and crew rallied from a 22-16 halftime deficit, to come off the mat and post an impressive, 49-46 win over the Lady Admirals.
That win over Danville improved Southwestern to 12-1 on the season, and ran the Lady Warriors win streak to 10 games in a row.
Down by that six-point margin at the half, Southwestern got back in this one in the third quarter, outscoring the Lady Ads 18-9 in the frame, to take a 34-31 lead into the fourth stanza.
At that point, Southwestern was in great shape, and the Lady Warriors did it by throwing a very balanced scoring attack at the Lady Admirals.
Point guard Alexa Smiddy led the way for Southwestern with 11 points, while Kennedy Harris chipped in with 10 points.
Regi Cundiff tallied nine points in the win, while Kaylee Young added eight points, helping the Lady Warriors to keep that win streak in tact.
On Saturday afternoon, Southwestern will return to action facing Bethlehem High School at 12:30 p.m. at Franklin County High School in the Central Metals/Penn Station Shootout.