Southwestern outscored Henryville 46-41 in the third quarter and 7-3 down the stretch to pull out a 46-41 girls basketbal win Thursday on the road.

The Rebels and Hornets were tied 20-20 at halftime and 38-38 with just under two minutes to play. But Southwestern responded down the stretch to post back-to-back wins for the first time all season.

"I'm pumped. That's probably the best win we've had in my two years of coaching," Southwestern coach Kenny Garrett said. "We were up seven or eight and they came back to tie it and I was like, 'Oh boy, here we go.' But we hung in there, played well on defense, rebounded the ball and got the win."

There were plenty of individual performances that stood out. Debbie Hardy scored 12 points and Austin Courtney had 11, but Garrett was equally as pleased with hios players' whose scoring numbers weren't off the charts.

"Cass Lawson played a great game handling the ball. We went to our North Carolina offense late and she had at least four assists out it," Garrett said. "Kearstin (Bruther) didn't start and had only two points, but they were right after Henryville tied the game. Sam (Ison) came off the bench and played big for us and Allie (Bushong) had nine big points."

Emma Hendricks led Henryville with 13 points and Hayley Huddleston had 11. Emily Hollis was held to nine points after torching the Rebels a year ago.

"Hollis scored 23 points and had six 3-pointers last year. Her first points tonight were off a three and she had seven by the end of the first quarter," Garrett said. "But we held to her to two free throws the rest of the way. I was thrilled about that."

Southwestern (8-9) begins the meat of its Ohio River Valley Conference schedule next week with a home game against Rising Sun on Tuesday and a road contest at South Ripley on Thursday. The Rebels (2-0) are one of four undefeated ORVC teams and control their own destiny.

"We have four ORVC games coming up and we have a real shot to win it," Garrett said. "We have three of the four at home so we're ready to go.


Tuesday's Girls Game

at Henryville


SOUTHWESTERN 13 7 15 11 - 46

HENRYVILLE 11 9 8 13 - 41

SOUTHWESTERN (8-9) - (f)Hardy 12, (f)Courtney 11, (g)Bushong 9, (g)Lawson 7, Ison 5, Bruther 2, (c)Reuda 0, Brierly 0.

HENRYVILLE (8-7) - (c)Hendricks 13, Huddleston 11, (f)Hollis 9, (g)Bergman 4, (f)Robertson 2, Dallas 1, (g)Spears 0.

3-Point Goals - Southwestern 3 (Hardy 3), Henryville 1 (Hollis 1). Total Fouls - Southwestern 20, Henryville 21. Free Throws - Southwestern 17-27, Henryville 14-24. Fouled Out - Southwestern: Courtney. Next Game - Southwestern hosts Rising Sun Tuesday. Henryville visits South Central (Elizabeth) Monday.