Cawood forced Corbin into 15 first quarter turnovers Wednesday, taking control early on the way to a 91-47 win over the Lady Hounds in an opening-round matchup at Whitley County High School.
"We knew we needed to slow it down, but they got us completely out of our game as far as rushing our passes and making poor passes," Corbin coach Jennifer Parsons said. "They took us out of the game mentally, and like I told the girls before the game, this time of year you are going to win from your shoulders up. You've got to be mentally tough, and I felt we were a little bit intimidated coming into it."
All five starters reached double figures for Cawood (22-6). Senior forward Savanna Wynn paced the Trojanettes with 20 and surpassed the 2,000-point mark on her first basket. Wynn was followed by Natasha Boggs with 14 points, Brittany Lloyd and Amanda Miracle with 12 each and Lori Osborne with 10.
Cawood scored most of its points in the first half off turnovers. The Trojanettes took 21 shots in the first period compared to only seven for Corbin.
"Going into the game we wanted to be more intense and active on the defensive end of the floor because we know our defense leads to our offense," Cawood coach Bucky Burkhart said.
"When we run the break and hit the open person we have some kids who can score when they get the ball."
Lloyd and Boggs each had one basket and Miracle added two as Cawood closed the first quarter with an 8-0 run to take a 19-8 lead.
Five straight points by Boggs helped Cawood move out to a 17-point advantage midway through he second period. The lead grew to 20 on a steal and layup by Lloyd with 1:47 left in the half.
Ahead 42-21 at the break, Cawood turned the game into a blowout early in the third quarter as the Trojanettes' offense took over. Cawood hit its first eight shots and 10 of its first 11 in a 21-4 run to open the quarter that buried the Lady Hounds.
Osborne hit both of her shots in the quarter and five of seven in the game as she bounced back after struggling offensively in the district tournament.
"Lori stepped up for us and had a good game," Burkhart said. "That might have been what I was most pleased with tonight because we're going to need her Saturday."
Cawood will face three-time defending regional champion Jackson County at 1 p.m. on Saturday in a matchup of teams ranked among the state's top 10. The Trojanettes defeated Jackson County 72-59 at McKee on Dec. 2 in the season opener for both squads.
"I think their outside shooting has improved tremendously since we played them, and their kids have a lot more confidence than they had before," Burkhart said. "We're going to have to see if we can play some defense."
Corbin, making its first regional tournament appearance in three years, was led by freshman guard Heather Clouse with eight points
Parsons, a 1994 Cawood graduate, directed the biggest turnaround in the region this year as the Lady Hounds improved from 2-22 to 14-15.
"This gives our young girls some good experience for our future," she said. "The girls our disappointed because of the loss but I told them they had nothing to hang their heads about."