Southwest beats Monett, 63-46
The Southwest Trojans basketball team spoiled Monett's homecoming celebration on Jan. 18, posting a 63-46 victory over the Cubs.
Southwest, unbeaten in the Ozark 7 Conference so far this season, improved to 2-3 against Big 8 Conference foes.
James Pettit reeled off 7 points in the opening quarter as Southwest took a 19-12 lead and then bumped the margin to 10 with a resounding dunk at the 6:16 mark of the second quarter.
Pettit, the most dangerous weapon in Southwest's arsenal, would not score again in the contest. He didn't need to.
Senior gunner Kyle Woods, scoring a game-high 30 points, kept Monett in the game until late. However, Woods' heroics could not match the Southwest attack.
Josh Cutberth played his best game of the season, leading the Trojans with 23 points. Jordan Epling and Drew Farrer also reached double figures, scoring 17 and 10 respectively.
The Trojans led by as many as 12 in the second period, but Monett finished with an 11-3 run and trailed by only 30-26 at half.
The visitors won the third period 22-10 and held a commanding 52-38 lead at the final break.
The Cubs, pulled within 5 in the third quarter before fading had no answer in the last eight minutes.
Woods scored after a steal at half court to get the lead down to 57-46, but Monett could not get within single digits. Blake Barnes and Farrer sank free throws for Southwest down the stretch, and Cutberth broke loose for an uncontested layup to create the final score of 63-46.
Southwest opens play at the NEO Tournament in Miami, Okla., on Thursday night.
Scoring for Southwest: Cutberth, 23 points; Epling, 17; Farrer, 10; Pettit, 9; and Blake Barnes, 4.
Scoring for Monett: Woods, 30 points; Chad Swanson, 4; Zach Hammond and Caleb Blue, 3 each; Jake Schmidly, Quincy Jackson and Aaron Patton, 2 each.