No. 1 Southwestern tops No. 3 North Laurel for trip to Girls' Sweet 16 semifinals

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Coach Stephen Butcher joked Thursday Night after his Southwestern team downed Collins that they outgrew the 12th Region as a fish does in a pound and they hoped to continue growth in their time at the 2019 Girls’ Sweet 16 State Basketball Tournament.


Their chase towards the state title, which the Lady Warriors say is their main focus this season, continued Friday Night as the topped North Laurel 75-50 advancing to Saturday’s Semifinal game.

Southwestern jumped on the Lady Jaguars early, shooting 8-12 from 3-point range in the first half.

“I don't know if they had a better game shooting all year but a lot of that earlier on we were giving them good looks then once they hit two or three they started hitting contested ones then it was kind of just away from that,” said North Laurel Coach Eddie Mahan Jr.

Warrior Guard Alexa Smiddy shot 80% from behind the arc on her way to a 14 point night.

“When you make 12 threes that kind of helps, but defensively we were phenomenal for a long stretch of that game,” said Southwestern Coach Stephen Butcher II. Everybody that played for the Warriors tonight contributed in some way or another.”

The Lady Jaguars didn’t go away quietly, down 32 points in the fourth, The Jags hit 5 threes striking within 18. Hailee Valentine led North Laurel with 15 points while Senior Raegan Hubbard took home 15 points and a spot on the all-tournament team.

Unfortunately, the hole was too large to dig out of. Kallie Sharron led the team with 16 points while Kennedy Harris had 11. Southwestern saw 8 players score in the ball game.

Lady Warriors will play Male Saturday at 8 p.m. from Rupp Arena with a trip to the Championship Game on the line.

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