The Wayne County Cardinals met Southwestern in the championship game  

of the 48th District Tournament at McCreary Central on Friday,  

February 24.

    The Cardinals, the #2 seed in the district, advanced to the title  

game with an opening round win over McCreary Central on Wednesday  

night. The Warriors, the top ranked team in the district, defeated  

Monticello in their opener.

    This game marked the 34th meeting between the two schools. Wayne  

County leads the series with a 19-15 record. Southwestern won both  

regular season meetings between the two schools. The last regular  

season game between them was played on January 27 at Southwestern,  

when the Warriors took an 80-55 win.

    It was a little tougher for the Warriors in this one, as the Cards  

fought hard all night, despite the fact that the shots wouldn’t fall.  

Southwestern earned a 63-47 win, in a game that was much closer until  

the final minutes.

    “In the end, we made too many mistakes and shot poorly,” said Wayne  

County Coach Rodney Woods. “Shooting 30 percent from the field and in  

the tens from the 3 won’t win many games.”

    Early on, it appeared that Southwestern might run away with the  

game, as the Warriors built a 19-6 cushion in the opening quarter.  

Wayne County committed 8 turnovers in the first quarter, and  

Southwestern led 24-11 at the first stop.

    “We got off to a rocky start, but to the kids credit, we fought back  

and made a game of it for 3 1/2 quarters,” said Woods.

    The Cardinals then went on a 11-2 run to start the second quarter  

and cut it back to within 4, 26-22. The Warriors struggled from the  

field and did not get their first field goal in the quarter until  

about 3 minutes before intermission.

    At the stop, Southwestern led 34-26.

    “We were challenged, which is good,” said Southwestern Coach Steve  

Wright. “At this time of year, everyone has gotten better and comes  

ready to play.”

    You could call the third quarter a defensive draw, as both teams  

struggled to put points on the board. Southwestern outscored Wayne  

County 9-7 and was up 43-33 going into the final quarter.

    Wayne County trimmed the advantage back to six on a couple of  

occasions in the final quarter but could never get over the hump. The  

Warriors extended the lead to double digits on their way to the 16  

point win.

    The Cards were led in scoring by senior Andy Dodd with 18 points.  

Jason Perkins added 8 points and Trey Blevins scored 7 points.

    Perkins led Wayne County in steals with three and Blevins led the  

team in assists with 3.

    For the game, Wayne County hit only 16 of 51 from the field for 31  

percent. They were 4 of 25 from beyond the arc for 16 percent and hit  

11 of 17 from the free throw line for 64 percent.

    The Warriors were led by David Kapinga with a game-high 23 points.  

Justin Edwards added 15 points in the win.

    The Warriors connected on 24 of 50 from the field for 48 percent.  

They were 2 of 14 from beyond the arc for 14 percent and hit 13 of 18  

from the free throw line for 72 percent.

    The Warriors outrebounded Wayne County 36-29. Wayne County was led  

in rebounding by Dagan Shelton with 6.

    The Cards committed 17 turnovers compared to 23 for Southwestern.

    With the win, Southwestern claimed its second consecutive district  

title and improved to 24-8 on the season. The Cards dropped to 17-15  

on the season.        Both teams will advance to this week’s 12th Region  

Tournament, which will be played at Pulaski County. Wayne County will  

face East Jessamine in their opening round contest on Wednesday night  

at about 8 p.m.

    “Now, we have to get ready for a very good East Jessamine team that  

has won 16 in a row and is ranked 24th in the state,” said Woods.

    See next week’s edition for details on that game.

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