By MICHAEL CHILDERS, CJ Correspondent
Southwestern head coach Tim Rice wasn’t too thrilled with his team’s performance in their 63-56 victory over Somerset earlier in the week in their season-opener at the Briar Patch.
Rice, however, was thrilled with his team’s play on Friday evening, as his Lady Warriors demolished the Lady Rebels of Boyle County by final score of 61-34 at the Wigwam.
Just like the game against Somerset, Southwestern jumped out to a large first quarter lead. In the game against Somerset, the Lady Jumpers roared back and made it a close game. The Lady Warriors didn’t allow Boyle County to cut it close, as they went on to win the ballgame by a 27-point margin.
“I really thought we were a lot more focused tonight than we were on Tuesday,” began Rice, who is in his ninth season as the Southwestern head coach. “We started out basically the same way. It was a quick start, we forced them into a lot of turnovers, and hit a lot of shots. We came out of halftime and let them cut to it to 11, then we went on a went on a big run to get the lead up to around 25.”
The Lady Warriors opened the game on a 10-1 run, which began with seven straight to open up the contest. Sophomore Adison Corder got a lay-up and a three-pointer to began the scoring spree, while fellow sophomore Dylana Fothergill got a lay-up of her own, making the score, 7-0.
After Boyle County’s Hannah Harris hit a free-throw, freshman Samantha Fitzgerald knocked down a free-throw of her own and Corder got another lay-up. After Corder’s lay-up made the score, 10-1, the Lady Rebels took a timeout.
The score at the conclusion of the opening quarter of hoops action was, 19-6, in favor of the homestanding Lady Warriors. For Southwestern, Corder tallied 10 of the 19 points, while Harris scored all six of Boyle County’s first quarter points (six).
Southwestern outscored the Lady Rebels by a total of 10-6 in the second quarter. At the intermission, Rice and company led by 17 points at 29-12. Fitzgerald had four points in the frame, while Corder tallied three.
Boyle County attempted to make a comeback in the early minutes of the second half, but the Lady Warriors withstood the Lady Rebel run to keep the lead. After outscoring Boyle County by a tally of 13-11, Southwestern led 42-23 after three quarters.
In the third frame, all 13 of Southwestern’s third period points came from Corder and Fitzgerald. Corder had eight points, while Fitzgerald chimed in with five points.
Southwestern would win by a final tally of 61-34, allowing them to move to 2-0 on the year.
Corder, for the second game in a row, led the way for the Lady Warriors with a game-high 24 points. The Lady Warrior coach feels that Corder is one of the best shooters in the entire 12th Region.
“Adison has to be one of the best shooters in the region,” told Rice. “She was on tonight and hitting all her shots. She wanted the ball tonight and played a lot more confident than she did against Somerset.”
Along with Corder, Rice has Brittany Combs and Destiny Molden listed as some of the best pure shooters in the region.
“If there is any better shooter in this region, they are probably on our team,” continued the Southwestern hoops coach. “We’ve got two or three pure shooters on our team. Any night, anyone of those girls go off for 20 points. Brittany, Destiny, and Adison can all fill it up when they have the opportunity.”
Fitzgerald was the only other Lady Warrior to reach double figures, as the freshman scored 14 points. The Lady Warrior freshman also pulled down a game-high seven rebounds.
Molden and Fothergill both had six boards in the victory, while freshman Elisabeth Latham had five blocks.
Boyle County was led by the pair of Harris and Dee Foster, who both scored 11 points in the loss to the Lady Warriors.
Southwestern will put their unbeaten, 2-0 record on the line on Tuesday evening, when they will the Monticello Lady Trojans in a 48th District match-up at the Wigwam. Rice feels that getting a win over Monticello is crucial for the district standings.
“All of the district games are must wins, home district games especially,” told the Lady Warrior coach. “You’ve got to win all of your home games and steal one or two on the road to get the number one seed - that’s what we’re going to try to do. Historically, Monticello plays you tough.”
The Monticello and Southwestern boys will tip-off the boy-girl doubleheader at 6 p.m., while the girls will square-off in the nightcap at approximately 7:30 p.m.
BC - 6 6 11 11 - 34
SW - 19 10 13 19 - 61
BOYLE COUNTY (0-1): Harris 11, Foster 11, Holton 7, Smith 3, Bottoms 2.
SOUTHWESTERN (2-0): Corder 24, Fitzgerald 14, Fothergill 6, Latham 4, Combs 4, Venable 2, Fourman 2, Duncan 1, Molden 1.