It’s been a tough week for Southwestern High School basketball fans.
On Tuesday night, the Southwestern Warriors boys team was stunned by Mercer County in the opening round of the 12th Region Boys Tournament, as they fell to the Titans in overtime by a score of 57-54 at Lincoln County High School.
Last night was another heartbreaking game for the Warrior Nation, as the Lady Warriors were eliminated from postseason play with a 51-48 loss to Boyle County in the first round of the 12th Region Girls Tournament at Pulaski County High School.
The Lady Warriors led by as much as 14 points in the contest, but a late surge from the Boyle County Lady Rebels allowed them to sneak past Southwestern to advance to the semifinals, where they will square-off with Casey County.
Southwestern defeated the Lady Rebels by 27 points way back on November 30th by a final score of 61-34. Unfortunately for the Lady Warriors, things were the other way around last night when the final horn sounded.
Lady Warrior head coach Tim Rice took the three-point loss to Boyle County to heart, calling it the toughest loss of his long coaching career.
“It was one of the toughest losses I’ve ever had in my life,” told Rice. “I’m going to take the blame for the loss for not having them prepared.”
Heading into the fourth and final frame, the Lady Warriors held an 11-point, 43-32 lead over Boyle County. Things would quickly change though, as Boyle County would open the quarter with three consecutive baskets to cut the Southwestern lead to six points at 43-37.
Just under two minutes into the fourth period, the Lady Warriors got their first points of the frame, as sophomore Brittany Combs got past the Boyle County press for a lay-up. Following the Combs basket, the Lady Rebels went on a tear, coming up with an 8-0 run to tie the contest up at 45-45 with 3:30 left.
With 2:52 remaining on the clock, sophomore Destiny Molden went one-for-two from the charity stripe to give Southwestern the lead back at 46-45. Kalin Bottoms gave the Lady Rebels their first lead since early in the first quarter after coming up with a basket to put her club ahead, 47-46, with 1:42 left to play.
Molden hit two free-throws with 1:09 left in the ballgame, which allowed Southwestern to grab a one-point, 48-47 advantage. On the following possession, Chelsea Gill scored a lay-up to put Boyle County out front, 49-48.
Southwestern sophomore Adison Corder took the ball to the basket on the Lady Warriors’ next possession. Contact was made on the play, which was originally called a foul, but later overturned to a charge, handing the ball to Boyle County.
The Lady Rebels had a pair of players go one-of-two from the line to give them a three-point, 51-48 lead with 14 seconds left. Southwestern would get one final attempt to tie the ballgame up, but the shot would fall to the right as the buzzer sounded.
It was an ugly fourth quarter for the ‘Blue and Orange,’ as the Lady Warriors committed seven turnovers in the final eight minutes of play, which was mostly due to the Boyle County defensive pressure. The Lady Rebels outscored Southwestern in the final quarter by a 19-5 margin.
Rice attributed some of the lackluster fourth quarter to the youth of his team, a squad that starts four sophomores and one freshman.
“We had an 11-point lead going into the fourth quarter,” said the Lady Warrior hoops coach. “I had to burn three timeouts because we couldn’t get the ball across the center line. As long we executed, we scored. When things got a little wild and got chaotic, we can’t play like that. When it got wild, we didn’t respond and that’s the facts.”
“I think our youth showed a lot tonight. Even though we have a lot of experience, the pressure got to us a little bit, and we didn’t respond.”
The Lady Warriors led Boyle County at the end of the first three quarters. After one quarter, Southwestern grabbed a 19-8 lead over the Lady Rebels, but that lead would shrink to 24-19 at the half. Southwestern would rule the roost in the third stanza, using an 11-0 run to outscore Boyle County by a margin of 19-11.
Corder and freshman Samantha Fitzgerald led the charge for Southwestern, as they both tallied 14 points each in the loss to Boyle County. Combs finished with eight points, while Molden and freshman Elisabeth Latham both tallied six points each.
Boyle County had a pair of players hit double figures, led by Hannah Harris’ 13 points. Bottoms hit double digits, scoring ten points in the Lady Rebels’ win.
The loss brought an end to the Lady Warriors 2012-13 season, a year that saw them tallied a 48th District title and finish with an overall record of 19-12.
Boyle County will square-off with Casey County on Monday evening at 6 p.m. at Pulaski County High School.
First round action continues tonight at Pulaski County, as Somerset will square-off with Lincoln County at 6 p.m., while Mercer County and McCreary Central will go head-to-head in the nightcap, which is set to get underway at 7:30 p.m.
BC - 8 13 11 19 - 51
SW - 19 5 19 5 - 48
BOYLE COUNTY (18-13): Harris 13, Bottoms 10, Smith 9, Gill 8, Richards 6, Foster 3, Holton 2.
SOUTHWESTERN (19-12): Corder 14, Fitzgerald 14, Combs 8, Molden 6, Latham 6.
Lady Rebs overcome 11-point deficit to down Southwestern 51-48
It’s been a tough week for Southwestern High School basketball fans.
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During last night’s 48th District Softball Championship game, Southwestern had a sign on their dugout wall that read “The third time’s the charm.”
That statement held true for Jim Woodall and the Lady Warriors, as the they defeated McCreary Central when it mattered most, which was in last night’s title game at Wayne County High School.
After falling to the Lady Raiders of McCreary Central twice in their pair of regular season match-ups, Southwestern, with a 12-7 victory last night, tallied their eighth district championship in a row.
Somerset downs Pulaski to claim title
For the last four years Somerset High School and Pulaski County High School have battled it out for the 47th District baseball championship . Counting Tuesday night, three out of the four years the Briar Jumpers have brought back the gold. Somerset defeated the Maroons 7-4.
Of their 7 runs scored, the Briar Jumpers tallied 5 of those runs off homers. Somerset freshman Logan Ramsey hit a three-run homer in the first inning and sophomore Chandler Purcell hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning.
Warriors blast past Wayne Co., 14-9
When Southwestern is hitting the ball solid, they are a very dangerous baseball team.
Wayne County received a first-hand look at just how much damage the Southwestern bats can do on Tuesday evening at Warrior Stadium, as the homestanding Warriors tallied 14 runs on 16 hits in a 14-9 victory over the Cardinals in the 48th District Baseball Championship game.
Lorman, Henderlight keep Pulaski alive
Facing a four-run deficit and down to their last three outs, elimination looked inevitable for the Pulaski County High School baseball team on Monday night in the opening round of the 47th District Baseball Tournament at Charlie Taylor Field.
But a Pulaski last-inning rally capped off by a Henry Lorman bases-loaded clearing double off the left field wall and a Chris Henderlight walk-off RBI base hit propelled the Maroons to a 7-6 comeback win over Rockcastle County High School.
Warriors down Monticello, 11-1
It takes five wins to make it to the Forcht Bank/KHSAA Baseball State Tournament.
The Southwestern Warriors are one-fifth of the way there now, as they took down Monticello in the first round of the 48th District Baseball Tournament on Monday night at Warrior Stadium. With the five-inning, 11-1 victory over the Trojans, the Warriors advanced to the championship game and next week’s regional tournament.
Alex Eaton’s ball club did exactly what they needed to do to make it back to the regional tournament once again. The third-year Southwestern coach is hoping that his squad can come away with the program’s first regional title since 2004.
Lady Warriors advance to finals; looking for 8th straight district title
So far in the 2013 high school softball season, McCreary Central has had their way with Southwestern in their two regular season match-ups.
The Southwestern Lady Warriors will get a chance to get a little revenge against McCreary Central, as the two teams will meet up in the 48th District Softball Championship.
Somerset cruises to 15-1 win over Rebels
After a slow start in the first two innings, the Briar Jumpers put it all together with a 10-run third inning en route to a 15-1 (5 inning) win over Casey County High School in the first round of the 47th District Baseball Tournament at Charlie Taylor Field.
The Rebels scored in their very first at-bats, and the Jumpers countered with a three runs of their own in the bottom half of the first after Jumpers’ junior Charlie Dishman blasted a three-run homer to left field to plate Jacob Pelston and Addison Thompson.
Mills, Cheuvront, Goldson win state titles
Local track and field athletes turned in one of the all-time best efforts at the state level in Saturday’s Class A and Class AAA Kentucky High School Athletic Association State Track and Field Championships at the University of Louisville’s Owsley Frazier Cardinal Park.
Somerset High School garnered two state crowns in the Class A state meet, as junior Cam Cheuvront won the 100-meter dash and sophomore Maranda Mills won her second consecutive triple jump state crown.
Later in the day in the Class AAA state meet, Pulaski County High School junior Jimmy Goldson ran away with the 800-meter state title.
Sammy Jo Bullock places 7th in nation
Shopville Elementary fifth-grader Sammy Jo Bullock fired a 284 in the National Archery in Schools National Championships to place seventh in the girls elementary division. Bullock, who peirced the center circle 16 times, was third n the nation among her fellow fifth-graders.
Pulaski downs Corbin on Senior Night
On Tuesday afternoon at PC Field, the Pulaski County Maroon baseball team bid farewell to Taylor Gover, Eric Jones, Dustin Vaught, Henry Lorman, Tyler Wesley, and Tyler Hail on senior night before Danny Masten’s club took on a Corbin team that had earned a shutout victory over PC earlier in the year.
On Tuesday however, it was the Maroons that would not be denied on senior night, and it was those seniors that lead the way for Masten and company.
Taylor Gover notched two doubles and drove in a career-best six RBI in the game, while fellow senior Henry Lorman hit the first homerun of his varsity career and drove in three more runs.
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