By DOUG EADS
The Somerset Lady Jumpers saw Pulaski County use a fourth quarter run to roar back, taking the lead from the Lady Jumpers early in the fourth quarter, but it was a spurt by Bobby Bowling’s club late that saved the day for the purple and gold in a key 47th District contest for both clubs.
Grace Bruner’s steal and layup with 1:58 remaining in the game gave Somerset the lead for good at 37-35 over the Lady Maroons, and the Lady Jumpers took it from there, knocking off PC by a 41-38 score.
“Our defensive effort tonight was as good as we’ve had all season,” stated coach Bowling after his club’s victory.
“Pulaski County has the ability to put up a ton of points from behind the arc, and we knew we had to contain that,” continued the Somerset head coach. “Pulaski did a great job of taking away what we wanted to do offensively and hat’s off to them. They’re a solid team and well coached.”
Indeed, defenses controlled the action for the most part, especially early on, in a very low-scoring affair.
Somerset led the Lady Maroons 22-21 at the half, thanks in large part to Pulaski County’s inability to have success from behind the three-point line.
For the game, PC hit only seven three’s. That’s big, because in every game this season when the Lady Maroons have connected on at least 10 treys in a game, Chris Adkins’ club has won each and every one of those contests.
“We left seven points on the board in the fourth quarter on missed free throws,” lamented coach Adkins after the game.
“We had a wide open layup late, and we passed the ball back out top and I don’t know why,” added the Pulaski County head coach. “Four straight trips in the fourth quarter we turned the ball over, and we didn’t make ten three’s in the game. This was our own fault, because we had every chance to win this game.”
Dawn Wilson’s three-pointer — her third trey of the night — brought Pulaski County back and knotted things up at 35-35 late in the game, but Bruner’s steal and layup on PC’s next trip down the floor helped seal the win for the Lady Jumpers.
Bruner led Somerset in scoring in the victory, and she was the lone Lady Jumpers in double figures in the contest with 13 points.
For Pulaski County meanwhile, thanks to her three treys in the contest, Wilson led the Lady Maroons with 11 points, and Madelyn Blankenship came off the PC bench and added 10 points — all of which came in the first half of play.
With the win, Somerset moved to 7-8 on the year and to 2-3 in district play, while Pulaski County fell to 10-7 overall, and to 0-3 in league play.
Pulaski County will return to action on Thursday night at home hosting McCreary Central at 7:30 p.m., while Somerset will take on that same Lady Raiders club on Friday night on the road.