By DOUG EADS
After spending most of last week under the sunny skies of Florida, both of Pulaski County’s hoops teams get back into action tonight at The PC Gym hosting Rockcastle County’s teams in a girl/boy doubleheader in pivotal 47th District contests.
The Lady Maroons will come into tonight’s contest against Rockcastle County riding a big-time wave of momentum.
Chris Adkins’ club is red-hot, having won four of its last five games, including a runner-up finish last week in the Sunshine Classic at Daytona Beach, Florida.
Pulaski County has been led this season by the one-two punch of Shelby Cothron and Heidi Thompson, helping the Lady Maroons race out to a 10-5 record on the season, already surpassing last year’s win total.
Cothron leads the Maroons with an average of 11.9 points per game, while Thompson is averaging 11.2 points per contest.
Rockcastle County meanwhile — a perennial power led by legendary coach Chrysti Noble — is 9-5 on the season, but has lost its last two games, including Wednesday night’s 51-44 setback at home to district rival Somerset.
Meanwhile, the Pulaski County boys come into tonight’s contest against the Rockets with an 8-5 record on the season, having lost two close games last week in the Sunshine Classic.
However, John Fraley’s club rebounded from that 1-2 trip to Florida earlier this week with a 51-40 win on the road Wednesday night at Boyle County.
In that contest, KJ Combs poured in 20 points, Grant Oaks added 12 points, and Garrett Heath chipped in with 10 points.
On the season, Pulaski County has been led by the steady play of junior point guard Colton Fraley, who leads the Maroons with an average of 16.4 points per game.
Jake Combs is enjoying a solid senior season averaging 15.8 points per game, while Oaks is averaging 11.1 points per contest, and Heath is averaging 10.3 points per game.
That quartet is a major reason that Pulaski County remains a solid favorite in both the 47th District and 12th Region, and the Maroons will be looking to move to 2-0 in league play with a win over the Rockets tonight.
Rockcastle County meanwhile is 3-9 on the season, and has lost six of its last seven games coming into tonight’s contest.
Tip off for tonight’s doubleheader is set to get underway at The PC Gym beginning at 6 p.m. with the girl’s contest.
If you can’t make it out tonight, you can listen to the boy’s game on Somerset’s iHeartRadio, on LAKE 102.3, as yours truly along with Melanie Hines will be bringing you all of the action from courtside.