By MICHAEL CHILDERS, CJ Correspondent
Southwestern head coach Steve Wright emphasizes teamwork to his Warrior basketball team.
Teamwork was evident in the Warriors’ 86-48 drubbing of Powell County on Saturday evening at the Wigwam, as they had ten different players score in the 38-point victory over the Pirates. Out of the ten players who scored in the victory, four different Warriors made it into double figures.
The Southwestern Warriors coach was glad to see his team get a victory after a great week of practices.
“The only two minutes that we didn’t play well was the first two - after that we played pretty well,” began Wright. “We had a really week of practice. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, we got a lot done and got a lot accomplished. I thought we played with a lot of energy and intensity tonight. We followed the game plan, and stuck with it even when we weren’t playing well.”
Both Powell County and Southwestern torched the nets in the opening frame of hoops action, as both squads combined for 57 points in a quarter that saw the Warriors grab a 37-20 lead over the visiting Pirates.
The three-ball was used heavily in the first eight minutes of the game, as the Warriors and the Pirates combined to hit 10 three-pointers. Southwestern knocked down seven treys, while Powell County converted on three attempts.
Southwestern senior Justin Schulz and Powell County’s Brett Goodwin had a shootout to open up the game. Schulz hit four treys in the first quarter, while Goodwin tallied 12 of his team’s 20 first period points.
Schulz broke a 13-13 tie with a three-pointer with 5:13 left in the first quarter, allowing the Warriors to jump out to a 16-13 advantage. A basket from another senior, Brad Estes, allowed Southwestern to take a five-point lead. From that point on, the Warriors would never trail again.
Sophomore Isaiah Collier, who finished with a game-high 22 points, tallied eight points in the first quarter for the Warriors. David Kapinga, a junior, chimed in with six points in the opening frame.
The second quarter was an historical one for the Warriors, particularly junior Justin Edwards, who came into the game needing just three points to join the 1,000-point club. After making a jump shot with 58 seconds remaining in the opening quarter, Edwards needed a lone point to join the club.
Edwards got that lone point with 5:11 left to play in the second quarter, as he knocked down a three-point to put him over the 1,000-point mark and into the club, which is no easy feat. Also, Justin Edwards joined his older brother Jonathan Edwards, a 2007 graduate, in the 1,000-point club.
Wright was thrilled to have Edwards join the milestone club in the Warriors’ victory at the Wigwam.
“(Justin’s) worked really hard on his game,” told the second-year Southwestern coach. “He worked really hard in the off-season this year on getting his body stronger. He’s a pleasure to coach and he’s a hard worker. We’re all really happy for him. The neat thing about it is that he’s scored 1,000 points as a team player.”
At the intermission, the Warriors went into the locker room with a 31-point, 57-26 lead over the Pirates.
Collier led all scorers with a game-high 22 points. The Warrior sophomore knocked a trio of three-pointers in the home victory.
Three other players joined Collier in double figures - Schulz, Kapinga, and Hansford. Schulz hit five treys for 15 points, while Kapinga had 12 points in the first half. Hansford tallied 10 points off the bench in the fourth quarter, paced off of three three-pointers.
Goodwin had a big night for the Pirates, as he tallied 20 points in the loss to Southwestern. Kyle Lacy joined Goodwin in double figures, scoring 13 points.
Southwestern, who moved to 5-2 on the year with the victory over the Pirates, will play in the Arbys/KFC Classic this week at McCreary Central High School. The Warriors will begin play in the tournament on Wednesday night at 6 p.m., when they will square-off against the Taylor County Cardinals.
PC - 20 6 9 13 - 48
SW - 37 20 16 13 - 86
POWELL COUNTY (2-7): Goodwin 20, Lacy 13, Marcum 9, Thompson 2, Townsend 2, Brooks 2.
SOUTHWESTERN (5-2): Collier 22, Schulz 15, Kapinga 12, Hansford 10, Edwards 7, Isaacs 7, Gaskin 3, Groves 3, Phelps 3, Estes 2.