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Southwestern suffers heartbreaking loss in region semis

Mar. 9—STANFORD — The Southwestern Warriors stood one game away from a third regional final appearance in the past four years. Unfortunately, a red hot West Jessamine team stood in their way, one that, although super young, has some serious talent.

The game was close after an early Southwestern run, with star freshman Claire Marshall dominating on the inside for the Colts. A 12-2 run by Southwestern, featuring eight points from Kinsley Molden, gave the Warriors a 29-23 edge, with head coach Junior Molden and the Southwestern fan base loving what they saw from their team to close the first 16 minutes. The game was soon close once again as the Colts played with experience more fitting of a group of seniors. Despite the lead flipping late, Southwestern took a three-point lead into the final quarter. An early three by sophomore Ariana McLoney put the Colts on top for good, although Southwestern kept on battling throughout the quarter. Free throws eventually gave West Jessamine some cushion late in the ball game, with the Warriors falling to the Colts 57-48. This marks the second-straight year Southwestern fell in the regional semifinals.

The season comes to a close for the Southwestern Warriors, with seniors Payton Acey and Krystin Dezarn finishing out their high school careers. Best of luck to both of them on their future endeavors. Look for a full game story in Tuesday's edition of the Commonwealth Journal.

Jacob Pratt is the Sports Editor of the Commonwealth Journal and can be reached at jpratt@somerset-kentucky.com.