Jumpers drop second straight game to Generals

By DOUG EADS

HARRODSBURG — One night after a 48-40 loss to Shelby County in a game that had head coach Jeron Dunbar seething because of his club’s ‘poor play’, Somerset bounced back on Thursday night at the Clash of the Titans Tournament at Mercer County High School.

However, it would not be enough, as the Briar Jumpers suffered their second defeat in as many nights at the event.

Kade Grundy led Somerset with 21 points, and Kaiya Sheron chipped in with 11 points, but it was the Lafayette Generals who would rally from a 26-23 halftime deficit to drop Somerset to 5-5 on the year with a 62-54 win over the Jumpers.



“We bounced back after a horrible game the night before,” stated coach Dunbar after Thursday night’s loss to Lafayette.

“My guys responded, and I’m very proud of the way they battled,” continued the Somerset head coach. “We battled a 6-10 kid (Ray Surratt) all night, and foul trouble hurt us. Jackson Cooper and Jack Harmon came off the bench to give us great minutes.”

For the game, Somerset shot 37.5 percent from the field, hitting on 18-48 field goal attempts, which wasn’t terrible, but it was not good enough to hold back a very good Lafayette club on the second night of the tournament.

“We still didn’t shoot the ball well, but we worked hard,” stated Dunbar. “As long as we do that, everything else will play out.”

Somerset will return to action in the tourney on Saturday evening at Mercer County High School.



Clay County edges PC, Warriors roll over Tennessee team

Pulaski County senior Jake Combs is seen here in an earlier game this season driving to the hoop. Last night, Combs led the Maroons with 17 points, but it was not enough as Clay County toppled PC 71-66.
Photo by David Rogers

By DOUG EADS

The Clay County Tigers — undefeated on the season and a solid favorite in the 13th Region — figured to give Pulaski County a stern test on Thursday night, and Glenn Gray’s club did just that.

The Tigers trailed the Maroons most of the night, and was still behind PC 54-50 through three quarters of play.

However, thanks to a decisive 21-12 run by the Tigers in the final stanza, it was Clay County escaping The PC Gym with a hard-fought, 71-66 victory over the Maroons on the second night of the M & W Shootout.



PC senior Jake Combs paced the Maroons with 17 points, while Garrett Heath added 15, Grant Oaks chipped in with 12, and Colton Fraley added 11 points.

Yet, despite having four of its five starters hit for double figures in the contest, John Fraley ‘s club still could not overcome a late, Clay County flurry.

Jacob Curry’s three-pointer late in the game put the Tigers back out on top for good at 59-57, but PC would not go away.

Trailing the Tigers 61-57, a three from Combs would cut the lead down to one at 61-60, but Clay County would go on a quick 6-0 spurt down the stretch to ice the game, dropping the Maroons to 4-3 on the season, while the Tigers improved to a perfect, 9-0 on the year.

Meanwhile, over at The Wigwam, Southwestern got well, and got well in a hurry.

One night after falling to Madison Southern 70-57 in the opening round of the tourney, Chris Baker’s club came out on Thursday night and punched Spring Hill, Tennessee squarely in the mouth.

The Warriors held the visitors from Tennessee to only 11 points in the first half, racing out to a 36-11 lead by the intermission.

Ballgame!



Cole Dysinger led the Warriors with 16 points, which included a perfect night from the charity stripe, going 8-8 at the free throw line.

Brayden Sims recorded a double-double in the win for the Warriors, with 14 points, while pulling down 12 boards.

Cameron Pierce also hit for double figures scoring 11 points.

Southwestern — 4-5 on the season — will return to action tonight at 6:30 p.m. in round three of the tournament, hosting Huntington Prep St. Joseph from West Virginia.

Pulaski County meanwhile will be in action tonight at The PC Gym at 8 p.m. taking on Madison Southern.

The M & W Shootout will run through Saturday at both Pulaski County and Southwestern High Schools.

Tonight’s Southwestern–Huntington Prep game can be heard on iHeartRadio of Somerset on Lake 102. 3, as yours truly and Melanie Hines will be bringing you all of the action.



Lady Warriors remain perfect, PC falls to Lady Kats

Southwestern junior Regi Cundiff scored 13 points on Thursday night, helping the Lady Warriors to remain undefeated with a 62-45 win over Menifee County.
Photo by David Rogers

By DOUG EADS

The Southwestern Lady Warriors remained perfect on the season, improving to 6-0 on the year on Thursday night with a 62-45 win over visiting Menifee County.

Kennedy Harris paced Southwestern with 17 points, while Regi Cundiff added 13, and Kylie Foreman chipped in with 10 points.

Stephen Butcher’s club led for most of the way, yet it was Menifee County only trailing the Lady Warriors 26-24 at halftime.



However, Southwestern took control of this one in a decisive third quarter, outscoring the Lady Cats 20-10, to lead 46-34 heading into the final stanza.

Southwestern didn’t have a good shooting night from the field in this one, hitting on only seven of 27 attempts from behind the arc, while shooting 32.9 percent from the field for the game, in connecting on only 23-70 field goal attempts.

However, Southwestern got it done on the defensive side of the ball on Thursday night, coming up with 18 steals while forcing Menifee County into 29 turnovers.

The Lady Warriors will be in action tonight at 8 p.m. at The Wigwam, taking on Lexington Christian in round three of the M & W Shootout.

Meanwhile across town last night, the Pulaski County Lady Maroons were not as fortunate as Southwestern.

After nailing 11 three-point baskets in night one of the M & W Shootout in a blowout victory over Frederick Douglass, PC was held to only seven made three’s against Shelby Valley, as the Lady Kats pulled off the upset over the Pulaski County, knocking off Chris Adkins and company by a final score of 66-61.

Shelby Valley led this one almost from wire to wire, and every time it seemed that Pulaski County would make a run, it was the Lady Kats that would have the answer.

The Lady Kats led this one 31-27 at the intermission, and led 46-42 over Pulaski County after three periods of play.



In the final quarter, Shelby Valley would go up as much as nine points, but PC would come back and whittle that deficit down to only two points on a couple of occasions.

However, behind the play of reserve Laci Johnson, the Lady Kats would survive that furious Pulaski rally and hold on for the win.

Johnson came off the Shelby Valley bench to score a game-high 21 points helping her club move to 4-6 with the win.

Pulaski County was paced by Shelby Cothron’s 16 points, while Heidi Thompson added 15 for the Lady Maroons.

Pulaski County — 6-4 on the season — will return to action today in the third round of the tourney, facing Menifee County at The PC Gym this evening at 6:30 p.m.