by Gary Andrews
The Southwood boys varsity basketball team did the same thing to Southern Wells in their opening game that the football team did in the sectional, DOMINATE.
Southwood jumped on the Raiders in the first quarter and never let up, winning on opening night 70-42.
After Southern Wells got the first bucket of the game, senior Jackson Blair said that's enough. Blair would hit a bucket and three free throws to give the Knights a 5-2 lead. The Raiders would answer with three points to take a 5-4 lead and the game was tied at 7 when the Knights took over. Blair and Noah Kirk would drain back to back three's to go up 13-7 and was followed by two Corey Phillipy free throws for a 15-7 lead. The Knights led 15-9 after one.
The Knights would start the second quarter with a 12-0 run to open things up. Blair connected on his second three pointer, then stole the ball, feeding Ross Phillipy for a deuce. Corey Phillipy would then hit two free throws and a bucket around a Blair bucket to make it 26-9. Alex Harmon ended the run with a free throw and the Knights were in control. A bucket and a free throw from Harmon built the lead to 32-13 when the Knights went cold and the Raiders got hot. Southern Wells would score 9 straight points to close the gap to 32-22 at the half.
As the Knights did in the second quarter, they started the third on fire. Blair would hit and was backed up by a Corey Phillipy old fashion three point play, but they weren't done. Corey Phillipy would sandwich two free throws between two Noah Kirk three's and the lead was 45-22. Corey Phillipy would take over, scoring 10 points in the quarter as Southwood led 54-32 with a quarter to go.
To start the fourth, Corey Phillipy started where he left off, hitting two buckets around a Blair three and the lead jumped to 61-32. After an 8 point Raider run made it 61-40, Corey Phillipy would hit two more times with brother Ross hitting a free throw and Luke Elliott making a bucket for a 68-40 lead. Logan Paris would get the final two points on free throws as the Knights rolled 70-42.
Leading the Knights was Corey Phillipy with 26 points, 6 rebounds, 9 steals. Jackson Blair added 19 points, 3 assist. Noah Kirk had 9 points, Alex Harmon 6, Ross Phillipy 5. Harmon added 4 rebounds, 3 steals. Ross Phillipy had 5 rebounds.
The junior varsity topped Southern Wells 49-25.
Brandin Frazier led with 12 points. Matt Cox had 10 points, 2 assist. Clay Hinrichsen had 9 points, 7 rebounds, 4 steals. Blake Martz had 7 points. Christian Deeter added 7 rebounds. The Finicle brothers, Andrew and Jeffery had 2 steals each.