FIRST-TIMER: Southwestern coach Kenny Garrett (below) picked up his first varsity head coaching win as the Lady Rebels rolled over Shawe 78-26 Friday at home. The Rebels’ Austin Courtney, Cheyenne McKinley and Savannah Hubbard (above, from left) triple team Shawe’s Taylor Grote (34). Southwestern forced 46 turnovers in the win. (Staff photos by David Campbell)
FIRST-TIMER: Southwestern coach Kenny Garrett (below) picked up his first varsity head coaching win as the Lady Rebels rolled over Shawe 78-26 Friday at home. The Rebels’ Austin Courtney, Cheyenne McKinley and Savannah Hubbard (above, from left) triple team Shawe’s Taylor Grote (34). Southwestern forced 46 turnovers in the win. (Staff photos by David Campbell)
Shawe Memorial did everything it needed to do to hang with Southwestern for the first six minutes of Friday's girls basketball game in Hanover. Then the wheels fell off.

The Lady Rebels blew open an 8-6 game with a 21-0 spurt and never looked back to roll over Shawe 78-26 in the second game of an Ohio River Valley Conference tripleheader at the Delbert O. King Gymnasium.

The win did more than end Southwestern's five-game losing skid to open the season. It also handed Rebel coach Kenny Garrett his first varsity coaching win.

"The girls were pretty pumped in the locker room. They kept saying, 'coach's first win!'" Garrett said. "I have about 300 of these but this is my first varsity win. It feels nice."

Southwestern (1-5, 1-0 Ohio River Valley) had trouble pulling away from the pesky Hilltoppers in the early-going. Savannah Hubbard opened the scoring with a 3-pointer for the Rebels but turnovers and missed shots slowed any momentum.

Hannah Storm hit a basket for Shawe (1-3, 0-1 ORVC) to cut the lead to 8-6 with 1:59 left in the first. Southwestern closed the opening quarter with back-to-back baskets by Debbie Hardy and Cass Lawson to give the Rebels a 12-6 lead after one.

"I think the girls were a little nervous coming out. This is a big rival for them," Garrett said. "But we settled down, started to get some turnovers and hit some layups."

The turnovers proved to be a killer for the young Hilltoppers. Shawe committed 28 of them in the first half alone and a vast majority of them led to easy Southwestern baskets in transition. Each of the Rebels seven baskets in the second were off steals.

"Turnovers were the big problem tonight. When they get nervous they revert back into their old habits," said first-year Shawe coach Camille Deuser, a former Southwestern standout. "This is the biggest crowd we have played in front of yet and I think it bothered them."

Morgan Mahoney's basket with 1:52 left in the second quarter capped the 21-0 run and put Southwestern ahead 29-6. After a Jenna Armstrong basket for the Hilltoppers, the Rebels closed the frame with six more points and a 35-8 halftime lead.

Southwestern led 55-15 after three quarters and by as many as 57 (77-20) late in the fourth before settling in for the 52-point win.

Austin Courtney led four Rebels in double figures with a career-high 19 points and Mahoney had a very strong second half to finish with 14 points. Hardy scored 11 and Kamille Brawner had 10, both of which were career-highs.

"Austin had a very strong game and this should be a real confidence booster for her," Garrett said. "Morgan struggled early. She's used to going against players that are 6-2 and when she settled down she played very well."

Taylor Grote led Shawe with seven points.

Southwestern returns to action today when it hosts Floyd Central in a very difficult non-conference matchup. Shawe hosts South Ripley on Thursday.

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Friday's Girls Game

at Hanover

SOUTHWESTERN 78, SHAWE 26



SHAWE 6 2 7 11 - 26

SOUTHWESTERN 12 23 20 23 - 78



SHAWE (1-3, 0-1 ORVC) - (g)Grote 7, Armstrong 6, (f)Koehler 4, (g)Rios-Garcia 3, (f)Storm 2, Fry 2, Scroggins 2, (g)Waller 0, Moore 0.

SOUTHWESTERN (1-5, 1-0 ORVC) - (f)Courtney 19, (f)Mahoney 14, Hardy 11, Brawner 10, (g)C. McKinley 7, (g)Lawson 7, (f)Hubbard 7, Ison 3, Garrett 0, Bruther 0, Rueda 0, Moore 0.



3-Point Goals - Shawe 0, Southwestern 2 (Hubbard 1, Hardy 1). Total Fouls - Shawe 26, Southwestern 19. Free Throws - Shawe 6-11, Southwestern 20-35. Fouled Out - Shawe: Grote. Next Game - Shawe hosts South Ripley Thursday. Southwestern hosts Floyd Central today.