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SOUTHWESTERN GOES TO CLAY COUNTY AND CRUSHES LADY TIGERS

January 21, 2020 7:55 AM

Southwestern senior Regi Cundiff brings the ball up the floor in last Friday’s win at Pulaski County. On Monday night, Cundiff scored nine points and pulled down 10 rebounds, helping the Lady Warriors to a 67-31 victory at Clay County.
Photo by Nick Hibbard

By DOUG EADS

The Southwestern Lady Warriors traveled to Clay County on Monday night, and after the game, maybe head coach Junior Molden summed it up best.

“My team showed back up tonight,” stated the Lady Warriors head coach.



Indeed, it did.

Southwestern absolutely pummeled homestanding Clay County on Monday night, rolling to a 67-31 victory to improve to a 12th-Region best, 15-3 mark on the season.

Alexa Smiddy led a very balanced scoring effort for Southwestern with 12 points, followed by 11 points from Kennedy Harris, 10 points from Jenna Wood, and nine points from Regi Cundiff, who pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds in the win.

“We have number 19-ranked South Laurel at home tomorrow (Tuesday) night,” pointed out Molden after the win at Clay County.

“I’m going to find out if my team is back to buying in and playing together real quick,” he added.

In Monday’s win at Clay County, the Lady Warriors grabbed this one by throat from the outset, leading the Lady Tigers by as much as 38 points, putting this game on a running clock.

South Laurel — 13-4 on the year and ranked number 19 in the state of Kentucky — will be Southwestern’s next opponent.

That game is tonight at The Wigwam, with tip off scheduled for 7:30 p.m.




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MAROONS OUTLAST CLAY COUNTY IN A GOOD ONE, 78-73

January 21, 2020 7:41 AM

Pulaski County sophomore Caleb Sloan goes up for two points in the Maroons win over the weekend against Southwestern. On Monday night at The PC Gym, Sloan tallied 10 of his 14 points in the second half, helping PC hold off a pesky Clay County team by a final score of 78-73.
Photo by Nick Hibbard

By DOUG EADS

They are two teams that are legitimate regional contenders in their respective regions, and on Monday night at The PC Gym, they certainly played like it.

Clay County — a powerhouse out of the 13th Region — squared off against a Pulaski County team that has been rolling along this season, and faced a Maroon squad that remains undefeated this season against 12th Regional opponents.

With both teams stepping out of the their respective regions, they put on a show on Monday night in a great basketball game.

When all was said and done however, it was John Fraley and the Pulaski County Maroons that just keep right on rolling along, as the Maroons held off the visiting Tigers down the stretch to post a hard-fought, 78-73 win over Clay County, improving to 15-3 on the season.

“I thought we played very well offensively tonight in stretches, and then there were other times I didn’t think we really got into anything,” stated a very happy coach Fraley after his club’s victory.

“When we ran our stuff, we got what we wanted,” added the PC head coach.



This game was close throughout, with eight lead changes and three ties in the first half.

However, thanks to 11 points by senior point guard Colton Fraley in the opening half of play, along with 14 first half points off the PC bench, the Maroons went into the intermission on top in this one, albeit by a single digit at 37-36.

Grant Oakes — who scored all six of his points in the second half — gave the Maroons their biggest lead of the night late in the third period with a hoop, that extended the PC lead at that juncture to 50-43.

Clay County however would fight back.

Behind the game-high 24 points from Connor Robinson, the Tigers came all the way back to cut the lead back down to a single point once again.

With PC leading by three points late in the third quarter, sophomore Zach Travis made the first of three big plays on the night to get the Maroons over the proverbial hump.

Travis drained a three-pointer just before the horn sounded ending the third frame, and PC went into the fourth quarter with a 59-53 lead over Clay County.

In the final stanza with his team leading by that one point, Travis scored a huge bucket at crunch time, easing the PC advantage out to 74-71 with just over a minute left to play.



With the score 74-73 after a Clay County bucket — facing a full-court press — Travis broke free behind the defense, received a half court pass, and raced down for an emphatic dunk, putting PC on top of the Tigers at 76-73 with only :47 remaining in the game.

After a key defensive stop by the Maroons on the next possession downcourt by Clay County, Colton Fraley made both ends of a one and one to ice the game for Pulaski County.

Afterwards, head coach John Fraley was a very proud coach of his team, and the way that it has played throughout the course of the season, overcoming injuries to key players such as Oakes and Garrett Heath.

“If you would have told me that we would have been 15-3 through 18 games before the start of the season, I would have probably taken it, especially with the kind of schedule that we’ve played,” stated coach Fraley.

“We’re battling, and we’re trying to get better everyday,” added the PC coach. “As long as we can roll into February with everybody healthy, I feel like we’ve got a chance.”

Colton Fraley and Travis led a very balanced Pulaski County scoring attack in the win with 15 points each, while KJ Combs and Caleb Sloan each contributed 14 points for the Maroons.

The Maroons return to action tonight at home, hosting Casey County in a girl/boy doubleheader at The PC Gym.

The action will tip off at 6 p.m. beginning with the girl’s contest.




TIGERS RUN OUT OF GAS, FALL TO UMW 99-86

January 20, 2020 7:20 AM

Sophomore guard AJ Thomas scored 20 points on Saturday afternoon, but it wouldn’t be enough as the Tigers fell to 5-12 on the season with a 99-86 loss to Mississippi Women’s College.
Photo by Steve Cornelius

By DOUG EADS

Head coach Al Gover and the Campbellsville-Somerset University Tigers simply can not get a break — unless it’s a bone to one of the Tigers players.

With the news that leading scorer Keelan Kennedy had been lost for the season with a torn Achillies injury, Gover and the Tigers took to the court on Saturday afternoon once again playing with a depleted roster, only dressing eight players.

And, visiting Mississippi Women’s College took full advantage.

Despite a valiant effort, Gover and the Tigers succumbed to fatigue in the second half, eventually falling to the visiting Owls by a final score of 99-86, falling to 5-12 on the season.

“I’m proud of the people that we had out there today, and I’m very proud of the effort,” stated coach Gover immediately following the contest.

“You could see in the second half that we just didn’t have the giddy up in our step like we did in the first half,” lamented the Tigers head coach. “That comes from playing 39 to 40 minutes, and in a college basketball game, you just can’t do that.”



With starting center Meith Reclow — who has only played one game this season — out again due to various reasons — Gover and the Tigers had to play for much of the game with five guards, due to an early injury to center Deion Finnison.

Finnison scored eight points early on and was playing very well, but he left the game barely 10 minutes into the contest after taking a hard hit to his head against the floor.

Still, the Tigers were more than holding their own.

CU-Somerset led by as many as 14 points in the first half at 34-20, but with five guards on the floor being forced to play for much of the game due to that severe lack of depth, UMW took advantage.

The Owls took their first lead of the contest with just over 15 minutes left in the game at 54-53, and Gover’s club could never get over the proverbial hump to get back out in front after relinquishing the lead.

The Owls shot 55.2 percent from the field in the second half, hitting on 16-29 field goal attempts, taking advantage of CU-Somerset’s fatigue which was setting in, along with a big-time size advantage on the interior.

“We do have some injuries right now, but we’ve got some situations where it’s just a lack of responsibility,” pointed out coach Gover.

“If we could put everybody together and have everybody take care of their business, we would be a pretty good team in my opinion,” added the Tigers coach. “However, until some of our guys do the things they need to do, we’re going to continue to struggle with a lack of depth.”



Tavonta Jones led the Owls in the win, as he scored a game-high 32 points for UMW, while Tre Pinkston added 16 points and Milos Zeradjanin scored 13 of his 15 points for the game in the second half.

Meanwhile, CU-Somerset got a team-high 25 points from freshman guard TC Wright, while AJ Thomas added 20 points.

Sophomore guard Antwan Hurt also hit for double figures in the loss for the Tigers with 11 points.

CU-Somerset — 5-12 on the season — will return to action on Monday night, going on the road to Knoxville to square off against Crown College.

The Tigers will return home on Saturday afternoon, January 25th at Somerset Christian School to take on the University of Cincinnati-Clermont.

That game is slated to tip off at 1 p.m. Admission to the game is FREE!


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LADY WARRIORS HOLD ON TO DOWN PULASKI COUNTY

January 18, 2020 7:07 AM

Southwestern senior Jenna Wood scored all seven of her points in the fourth quarter on Friday night, helping the Lady Warriors hold off arch-rival Pulaski County by a final score of 52-48.
Photo by David Rogers

By DOUG EADS

Coming off of their first district loss in seven years, the Southwestern Lady Warriors came into Friday night’s game against Pulaski County as a favorite in round one of this yearly clash, but Junior Molden’s club found itself in another tight affair at The PC Gym.

Homestanding Pulaski County gave Southwestern all it wanted and then some, however, the Lady Warriors — unlike earlier in the week at Wayne County — would have the answers at crunch time.

Alexa Smiddy led all scorers with 15 points, Kennedy Harris added 12 points, and senior guard Jenna Wood scored all seven of her points in the fourth quarter — which included two, huge made three’s — as Molden’s club prevailed over the Lady Maroons in a thriller, by a final count of 52-48.

This one was close throughout, and it was Pulaski County that led the Lady Warriors at the intermission by a 22-19 margin in a very low-scoring affair.

Southwestern got down by as many as five points early in the second half, but Molden’s club was able to rally, and actually led PC 34-31 headed into the fourth quarter.

In that final frame, the game remained tight.

Senior Jenna Wood arguably saved the day for the Lady Warriors, as she scored all seven of her points in the fourth period, which included both of those big-time, three-point baskets.

Pulaski County — which fell to 12-6 on the season with the loss — was led by Maddy Dunn with 14 points, while Caroline Oakes added 12 points for the Lady Maroons, and Heidi Thompson scored 11 points.

Southwestern — 14-3 on the season — will return to action on Monday evening at 6:30 p.m. on the road at Clay County, while Pulaski County will also be on the road on Monday at 4 p.m., playing at Russell High School over in eastern Kentucky.


LADY JUMPERS PUNCH TICKET TO ALL A REGIONAL FINAL

January 17, 2020 10:05 AM

Addi Bowling goes up for two points in a recent game at The Briar Patch. Bowling scored six points on Thursday night in Somerset’s 54-13 over Burgin in the 12th Regional All A Tournament.
Photo by David Rogers

By DOUG EADS

The Somerset Lady Jumpers are now one win away from going to the All A Classic State Girl’s Basketball Tournament.

Last night at Burgin High School, Casey Rexroat’s club took down the homestanding Bulldogs in a blowout,

Freshman Taya Mills led a balanced scoring attack for Somerset with 12 points, as the Lady Jumpers rolled to an emphatic, 54-13 beatdown win over Burgin.

Somerset took control of things from the outset in this one, leading the Bulldogs by a whopping, 43-8  margin at the half.

Madison Garland added nine points in the win for Somerset, as the Lady Jumpers had nine players hit the scoring column in the blowout victory.

Somerset — now 8-10 on the season — advanced with the win to tonight’s championship game of the Girl’s 12th Region All A Tournament.

Tonight, Somerset will square off with Danville in the title game from Burgin High School, with the winner moving on to next week’s All A Classic State Tournament in Richmond.

Tonight’s game will be a girl/boy doubleheader between Somerset and Danville, with the action tipping off in the girl’s contest from Burgin High School beginning at 6 p.m.


WARRIORS FALL AT ESTILL COUNTY

January 15, 2020 9:10 AM

By DOUG EADS

The Southwestern Warriors — coming off a tough, one-point loss over the weekend to North Laurel — returned to the hardwood on Tuesday night, and for the first time this season, Chris Baker’s club lost a game by more than a single possession.

The Warriors traveled to Estill County on Tuesday evening, and fell to the host Engineers by a final score of 52-41.

Cole Dysinger led the Warriors in the loss with 17 points, as Southwestern fell to 11-7 on the season with the loss.

Southwestern will try to bounce back on Friday night, hosting Pulaski County in a girl/boy doubleheader at The Wigwam.

The girl’s game will start things off on Friday night beginning at 6 p.m.


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MAROONS IMPRESSIVE IN 69-64 WIN OVER SOUTHWESTERN

January 18, 2020 7:24 AM

By DOUG EADS

The Pulaski County Maroons scored the first 11 points of the game on Friday night against arch-rival Southwestern, and then trailed for the first time of the contest early in the third period.

No problem for John Fraley and crew however.

On Friday evening at The PC Gym, the Maroons made the plays they needed to make at crunch time, and in a game that was what one might expect between two solid district and regional contenders, it was Pulaski County surviving in round one of this county rivalry, with a hard-fought, 69-64 win over the Warriors.

After falling behind PC early on in this affair by that 11-0 margin, Southwestern managed to slowly climb back in this one.

Senior point guard Cole Dysinger hit three of his four made three-point baskets in the first half, helping the Warriors get off of the mat.

Despite being down by double figures right out of the gate, the Warriors were only down to the Maroons by a bucket at halftime, only trailing Pulaski County by a 31-29 margin.

In the third frame, Southwestern took its only two leads of the contest, grabbing a one-point lead early in the third quarter, and later in the frame, Chris Baker’s club found itself up by two points over the Maroons.

However, Pulaski County would come back on a night where the Maroons wouldn’t be denied.

The game was tied up at 47-47 through three quarters of play, but thanks to a 22-12 rally by the Maroons in the final frame, PC finally took charge in this one for good.

Pulaski County led this one late — 69-59 — before Southwestern would score five late points inside the final 10 seconds of the game.

KJ Combs hurt the Warriors all night long with his ability to post up in the paint for some easy baskets, and he led PC with a game-high 20 points.

Colton Fraley added 17 points in the win for the Maroons, and Zach Travis chipped in with 11 points.

Southwestern meanwhile was paced by Dysinger’s 18 points, while Brayden Sims added 17 points for the Warriors.

The Maroons came into Friday night’s game as the only team in the 12th Region with an undefeated record against 12th Regional opponents, and thanks to the win over the Warriors, that streak remained in tact.

Pulaski County — 14-3 on the season with the win — will return to action at The PC Gym on Monday night, hosting 13th Regional power Clay County at 7:30 p.m.

The Warriors — 11-8 on the year with the loss — with seven of those eight losses coming by five points or less — will swing back into action tonight at the friendly confines of The Wigwam, as Southwestern will host Tates Creek at 7:30 p.m.



MAROONS STAY PERFECT AGAINST 12TH REGION, TOP PATS 56-50

By DOUG EADS

Heading into their home game against defending 12th Regional champion Lincoln County on Tuesday night, the Pulaski County Maroons stood as the only team in the 12th Region that was still undefeated against regional opponents.

And that trend continued on Tuesday evening at The PC Gym against the Patriots.

Grant Oakes paced a very balanced Pulaski County scoring attack, and John Fraley’s club ran its overall record to 13-3 on the season, while moving to 6-0  on the season against 12th Regional foes with a 56-50 victory.

Zach Travis added 13 points in the win, while KJ Combs scored 12 points and Colton Fraley added 11.

The Maroons — 13-3 on the season — will return to action on Friday night at The Wigwam, as coach Fraley and crew will face the Southwestern Warriors for the first time this year.

That game will tip off after the girl’s game between the two schools, which is slated to get underway at 6 p.m.


TIGERS HOLD BACK SIMMONS COLLEGE 88-85

January 14, 2020 12:24 PM

Campbellsville-Somerset’s Meith Reclow made a successful season debut on Monday night, scoring 18 points and pulling down eight rebounds helping the Tigers to a hard-fought, 88-85 win over Simmons College.
Photo by Steve Cornelius

By DOUG EADS

After a four-week layoff, the Campbellsville-Somerset University Tigers returned to action on Monday night at Somerset Christian School, and Al Gover’s club held on down the stretch for a much-needed win.

Deion Finnison led CU-Somerset with 22 points, TC Wright added 21 points, and Meith Reclow made a successful season debut with 18 points, helping the Tigers win back to back games for the first time this season with a hard-fought, 88-85 win over Simmons College out of Louisville.

“I was really pleased with our kid’s effort tonight,” stated a very happy coach Gover after the game.

“After having so much time off between games, I didn’t know for sure what to expect, but we had been back with a week of practice before this game, so I thought we would come out and play well,” added the Tigers head coach. “We had practiced really hard leading up to this game, and I’m extremely proud with how well we competed.”

This game was a back and forth affair for much of the contest, with Simmons College holding a slim, 47-45 lead over the Tigers at halftime.

The Falcons – coached by former University of Louisville standout guard Jerry Eaves – came out of the gate and shot the lights out early on, especially from downtown.

Guard Jonathon Henry made 6-7 field goal attempts from behind the three-point arc in the opening half of play, scoring 20 of his 29 points in the first half.

Still, the Tigers were right there with Simmons College, aided in large part by Reclow, who made his season debut for Somerset.

Reclow tallied 18 points and pulled down eight boards in the win, and he led CU-Somerset on a huge run early in the second half, helping the Tigers take control of the contest.

Thanks to a 13-0 spurt by CU-Somerset early in the second frame, Gover and crew led this one 67-54, and eventually built up the lead to as many as 14 points at 70-56, before Simmons College would rally.

Thanks to a 16-4 run by the visiting Falcons, Simmons had trimmed the Somerset lead down to only 74-72 with 8:04 remaining in the contest.

From that point on, the Falcons had three different opportunities to tie the game or take the lead with a three, and on all three trips at the defensive end of the court, it was CU-Somerset that came up with a big-time stop, on each of those three possessions, when the Tigers needed a defensive stop at winning time.

“When you have a big lead like we had there in the second half, it comes down to defensive rebounding,” pointed out Gover.

“With the game on the line, we did get defensive stops and we got on the defensive boards,” added the CU-Somerset coach. “We did what we needed to do, and I’m very pleased with the win.”

Despite the win, and despite the fact the Tigers got Reclow back for the first time from injury, and also saw the season debut of guard Jaylen Howard, Somerset still hasn’t had its full roster for a game for the entire season.

Keelan Kennedy – who had been on a tear for CU-Somerset scoring 111 points over the Tigers last three games headed into the Christmas break – was out on Monday night due to a leg injury suffered in a pickup game over the holidays.

For Gover, it’s been get one or two back, and see one or two go down with injury for the entire season, and on Monday night, it was just more of the same for the Tigers head coach.

“We haven’t had everybody together for the entire year, and I was really looking forward coming back from the break and having everybody together, but it just didn’t work out that way,” stated Gover.

“I feel pretty good about this bunch, and I’d like to have that other scorer out there, but the other kids are just going to have to step it up,” continued the Tigers coach. “Meith (Reclow) did a really good job with his first game back, and he’s a kid that can really score the basketball.”

Malik Lovan also hit for double figures in the win for the Tigers with 14 points, helping CU-Somerset improve to 5-10 on the season.

Gover and the Tigers will return to action on Thursday night at Elizabethtown Community College, before returning home on Saturday at 3 p.m. to face the University of Mississippi Women’s College.

That game will be at Somerset Christian School, and admission to the game is absolutely FREE!!


LADY MAROONS FALTER DOWN STRETCH, FALL AT LINCOLN COUNTY

January 14, 2020 10:49 AM

PC’s Molli Nelson drives to the hoop in a game earlier this season. On Monday night, Nelson tallied nine points, but Lincoln County prevailed over the Lady Maroons 54-44.
Photo by David Rogers

By DOUG EADS

The Pulaski County Lady Maroons traveled to Lincoln County on Monday night, and thanks to a scoring drought in the fourth quarter, Chris Adkins and crew fell to the Lady Patriots by a final score of 54-44.

Maddy Dunn led the Lady Maroons in the loss with 11 points, while Molli Nelson added nine points for a Pulaski County team that fell to 12-5 on the season with the loss.

This game hung in the balance through three quarters of play, with Lincoln County clinging to a 40-39 lead headed into the final eight minutes of play.

In that decisive fourth quarter, the Lady Pats outscored PC 14-5, as the Lady Maroons had trouble scoring coming down the stretch, and that cost PC big-time in what had been a nip and tuck affair.

Pulaski County will look to bounce back on Friday night, but it will not be an easy task, as the Lady Maroons will travel across town to face arch-rival Southwestern beginning at 6 p.m. at The Wigwam.

That game will be the first contest of a girl-boy doubleheader between the two schools.