by Gary Andrews
With the injury to Jackson Blair keeping him on the sideline, Southwood leading scorer Corey Phillipy knew he needed to step up Friday against Whitko. Stepping up would be an under statement as Phillipy erupted for 34 points in the Knights 68-47 win over the Wildcats.
Whitko would stay with Southwood the first quarter as the Knights led just 16-14 after the first stop before Corey Phillipy and the tandem of Ross Phillipy and Alex Harmon started to dominate. Southwood would out score Whitko 14-7 in the second to take a 30-21 lead to the locker room.
The Knights would come out in the third quarter and extend their lead, out scoring Whitko 20-14 to take a 50-35 lead with a quarter to go, then kept the pedal to the metal in the fourth, winning the quarter 18-12 for the 68-47 final.
Leading Southwood was Corey Phillipy with 34 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assist, 4 steals, 2 blocks. Alex Harmon added 13 points, 1 steal, 2 blocks. Ross Phillipy had 11 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assist, 1 steal. Noah Kirk had 4 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist. Luke Elliott had 4 points. Clay Hinrichsen had 2 points. Logan Paris added 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal. Brett Wyatt had 1 rebound, 1 assist.
The Southwood junior varsity would roll past Whitko 53-15.
Leading the Knights was Clay Hinrichsen with 15 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assist, 3 steals. Blake Martz would add 9 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal. Jacob Lloyd had 9 points, 2 rebounds, 4 steals, 1 block. Brandin Frazier would have 8 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals. Matt Cox had 5 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assist, 5 steals. Andrew Finicle had 4 points, 1 rebound, 3 steals. Christian Deeter had 3 points, 2 rebounds. Jeffery Finicle had 1 assist, 1 steal. Paul Farlow had 1 rebound, 1 assist.