by Gary Andrews
The Southwood Lady Knights basketball team was looking for some momentum going in to next week’s sectional and got just that Saturday with a 53-39 win over Eastern.
Things didn’t look good starting out as the Lady Knights first three trips down the floor resulted in a turnover and fell behind 8-0 the first three minutes. Senior Amy Bowman would get things settled down with two free throws and a bucket off a Haley Heath steal to cut the Eastern lead in half at 8-4. After a Comet three point play made it 11-4 the Knights got busy. Brooke Elliott would score off a steal that ignited an 8-0 run to give Southwood a 12-11 lead. Katie Stouffer had a bucket during the run with Bowman getting two buckets. Eastern would calm the storm with a bucket before Amy Bowman scored off an offensive rebound at the buzzer to give the Knights a 14-13 lead after one.
Southwood would extend their lead to start the second with a free throw from Elliott and another Bowman bucket to make it 17-13. Eastern would eventually tie the score at 19 when Bowman hit again. Up 21-20 Elliott would connect and was followed by three Bowman free throws to end the quarter and Southwood led 26-20 at the half.
The Comets would strike first in the third, getting two buckets to make the Knight lead 26-24. After an Elliott free throw and an Eastern bucket the Southwood lead was just one at 27-26. Amy Bowman and Katie Stouffer would then hit back to back to make it 31-26. The Knights would then start to find Stouffer, with Katie scoring on two free throws and a bucket, topped off by a Haley Heath bucket to lead 38-31 after three.
Eastern would cut the lead to 38-32 to start the fourth, but again the Knights found Stouffer. Four Katie Stouffer points and two from Amy Bowman opened a 44-32 lead, but Eastern wouldn’t go away. At 46-39 the Knights would run away from the Comets. Brooke Elliott hit a free throw that started a 7-0 run that ended the game with a Southwood win 53-39.
The junior varsity topped Eastern 36-16.
Makenna Dawes led the way with 9 points. Ashley Parson added 8, Danielle Pegg 8, Taylor Heath 4, Ellie White 2, Kassidy Atwood 2, Grace Whitham 2.