The Wayne County Lady Cardinals traveled to Southwestern last Tuesday night to face the homestanding Lady Warriors, in an important 48th District matchup for both teams. Wayne County entered with a 0-4 record on the season and was coming off a 60-49 home loss to McCreary Central in their last outing. Southwestern owned a 4-1 mark on the season and was coming off a 55-20 home win over Graves County.
The Lady Warriors have won the past 19-games in the series,
including a 58-39 win last February, in the 48th District
championship game, at McCreary Central High School.
Lindsey Wilson College commitment Regi Cundiff scored a game high 17
points with 6 rebounds, as Southwestern raced to a 22-2 lead and was
never threatened, rolling to a 65-37 home win. The 5-10 senior was 7
of 11 from the field and 3 of 4 from the free throw line, in just
under 18-minutes of play. Sophomore McKayla Noritis connected on
3 of 6 field goal attempts and 2 of 2 free throws to add 9 points
with 5 rebounds, in just under 13-minutes of play, as thirteen
different hosts scored in the win.
"Southwestern is the defending 12th Region champions and State
Runner-up a very good reason and they have four starters back from
last year, with a bunch of key players off the bench, so we knew
shorthanded this was an extremely difficult challenge. We didn't
play very well early and dug a big hole, but credit our kids they
never quit and played with effort, until the horn sounded," said Lady
Cards head coach Mark McKinley.
Senior Kennedy Harris finished 2 of 9 from the floor to net 6 points
with 3 boards, while Kaylee Young chipped in with 6 points, as the
duo of Jenna Wood and Alexa Smiddy scored 5 points each. Aubrey
Daulton and Kayla Hall chipped in with 3 points, Taylor Nelson and
Jessalyn Flynn netted 2 points each, while Marissa Loveless scored 1
point with 6 boards, as the winners improved to 5-1 in the season.
Wayne County, which dropped to 0-5 overall and 0-2 in district play,
was led by the play of sophomore forward Mallory Campbell. The 5-11
junior netted 12 points with a game high 7 rebounds, in 28 minutes of
play, finishing 5 of 11 from the field and 2 of 3 from the free throw
line. Sophomore forward Amber Jones tallied 8 points, all in the
fourth quarter, connecting on 3 of 8 field goal attempts and 2 of 2
from the charity stripe. Kenzie Upchurch made 3 of 5 field goals, to
offset 0 for 4 shooting from the free throw line to post 6 points
with 6 rebounds.
Jade Turner scored 4 points, Mariah Bowlin contributed 3 points and
Haleigh Criswell chipped in with 2 points, while 7th grader Adeline
Heatherly added 2 points for the first of her career, as seven
different Lady Cards marked the scoring column in the loss.
Regi Cundiff led five different Southwestern scorers in the opening
quarter with 6 points, as the hosts used stifling defense to race to
a 17-2 first period lead.
The Lady Warriors added five straight points to start the second
stanza, before Wayne County used the 6 points of Mallory Campbell to
spark a 12-11 surge to close the halftime score to 33-14.
Cundiff added 7 points in the third frame and Kennedy Harris added
two 3-pointers to key a 21-6 run, which left the score at 54-20,
after 24-minutes of action.
Reserves dominated the final period, as Amber Jones heated-up for 8
points and the Lady Cards ended the game with a 17-11 clip, which
left the final score at 65-37.
Southwestern shot 24 of 56 overall from the field for 43 percent and
that included an 8 of 27 mark from 3-point range for 30 percent.
The winners converted on 9 of 13 free throw attempts for 69 percent
and totaled 9 assists against just 3 turnovers and claimed a 31-8
bench points advantage.
Wayne County shot 14 of 39 from the field for 36 percent and that
included a 1 of 11 clip from 3-point range for 9 percent. The squad
connected on 8 of 16 free throws for 50 percent and totaled 3 assists
against 20 turnovers.
Up next for the locals was a trip to the Traditional Bank Classic,
at Lexington Catholic and a Friday matchup with Simon Kenton. The
Lady Pioneers were Eight Region Runner-ups last season and again one
of the favorites this season with a 4-1 mark in the early season.
"We certainly have back to back huge challenges on the schedule, but
when we scheduled, we also didn't plan on not being at full
strength. We're going to keep working to get better and hopefully
we'll learn from all this experience of being without Macey, as we
certainly miss her," said McKinley.
After that tournament the squad will get four games in the Best of
the Lakes Holiday Classic, at host Clinton County. Wayne County is
in a pool with South Oldham, Henry County and host Clinton County.
Details on the Lexington Catholic event will appear in next week's edition of The Outlook.
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