Hardin-Central spent their Tuesday night trying to erase an early 10-point deficit at Southwest in a rematch of the Braymer Invitational championship game. However, the result was the same as Saturday night, with the Lady Wildcats remaining unbeaten in 8 games as they held off the Lady Dawgs 50-46.
Southwest scored the first 10 points of the game on the way to a 12-6 lead entering the second period. Hardin-Central, now 8-3, managed to get within a point several times throughout the remainder of the game, but could not overtake the home team. The Wildcats held a 30-22 advantage at the break and took a 41-37 lead into the final 8 minutes.
The Lady Bulldogs were within 3 points with 20 seconds remaining in the game, but Southwest held on for the win.
Brittany Tutt scored a game-high 21 for Southwest with Lauren Upton adding 10.
Brooke Derstler hit four 3-point buckets as she led the Hardin-Central scoring effort with 17 points, while adding a pair of blocked shots on the defensive end. Megan Layman added 7 points with a team-high 9 rebounds, while Reanna Newham and Lindsay Arbogast each added 6 points. Arbogast also hit the boards to grab 8 rebounds, with Newham grabbing 7 more.
Also scoring for the Lady Dawgs were Allison Oyler and Brianne McGuire with 5 apiece. McGuire also had 3 of Hardin-Central’s dozen steals.