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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