Everyone played a part in South Warren’s 75-30 win Saturday over Metcalfe County at South Warren High School.
In the final tune-up before a District 14 showdown with Warren Central, 14 Spartans found the scoring column. The victory extended the Spartans’ winning streak to a season-high six games, one win shy of the longest streak in school history, set in the school’s first season in February 2011.
“Metcalfe County is young, and they are going to struggle at times,” South Warren coach Derrick Clubb said. “I don’t know if we played great tonight, but I do think in spurts, we looked pretty good. We did some things right.”
The Spartans (11-6) never trailed, jumping out to a 21-6 lead after one quarter.
South Warren’s lead extended to 35-16 by halftime and continued to grow as the Spartans outscored the Hornets 40-14 in the second half.
“Coach does his best to keep us motivated,” senior guard Luke Easley said. “We just go out there and play hard. We wanted to make a statement, keep our win streak alive, and keep building confidence.”
Easley paced the offense with 11 points. Zach McDaniel added nine points and eight rebounds, while Travis Hardcastle finished with seven points.
South Warren shot 60 percent from the field and outrebounded Metcalfe County 39-20.
“We got good shots,” Clubb said. “In a game like this, when you change what you want to do based on the other team, you still want to keep the cornerstones of what are important to you – getting good shots, rebounding and defense. For the most part, we did those things tonight.”
Spencer Noe led the way for the Hornets with 12 points. Metcalfe County (1-19) shot 27 percent from the field and committed 31 turnovers that led to 31 points for South Warren.
The Spartans will host Warren Central at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
MCHS 6 10 5 9 – 30
SWHS 21 14 20 20 – 75
MC – Noe 12, White 5, Bell 6, Glass 2, Pennington 3, McMurtrey 2.
SW – Gumm 4, Easley 11, Hardcastle 7, Iyiegbuniwe 6, Smiley 6, Cowles 4, Cummings 4, McDaniel 9, Bybee 4, Hicks 6, Stacker 4, King 6, Birdwhisell 2, Logsdon 2.
Metcalfe County 56, South Warren 39 (girls)
The Lady Spartans were unable to build off a strong start, dropping their seventh straight game Saturday.
South Warren (5-12) hit three 3-pointers in the first three minutes, jumping out to a 10-2 lead.
Metcalfe County (13-6) trimmed the deficit to 16-13 after one quarter, then used a 9-0 run to start the second quarter to take the lead for good.
The Lady Hornets led 32-23 at halftime and extended the advantage to 44-32 after three quarters. The Lady Spartans were unable to get closer than nine points in the final period.
“I really thought we did a nice job being patient,” Metcalfe County coach Peter DiStefano said. “We took their best shot early and were still only down (three) at the end of the first quarter. That gave us a lot of confidence. I was pleased with our defense and thought we played a really nice game after the first four or five minutes.”
Jordan Samuels led Metcalfe County with 16 points. MacKenzie Coleman and Riley Eskridge added 14 points each, while Tayler McMurtrey finished with 10 points.
Metcalfe County shot 55 percent from the field.
Rachel Garden led South Warren with 10 points.
The Lady Spartans shot 31 percent from the field. South Warren was 8 for 24 from 3-point range and 5 for 18 from two-point range.
“It’s almost like we have the Christmas blues now,” South Warren coach Ken Waddell said. “The same thing happened (in Thursday’s loss at Grayson County). We’ve gone away from our offense and moving the basketball to where we are standing and watching and seeing who is going to be the next person to shoot a 3. Everyone seems tired and sluggish. I just don’t know what the answer is right now.”
South Warren hosts Muhlenberg County at 7:30 p.m. Monday.
MCHS 13 19 12 12 – 56
SWHS 16 7 9 7 – 39
MC – McMurtrey 10, Samuels 16, Coleman 14, Eskridge 14, Huffman 2.
SW – Garden 10, Burnette 9, Forrester 6, Downing 7, Patterson 2, Lasley 3, Nwanguma 2.