By DOUG EADS
The Pulaski County Maroons — coming off of road losses at Somerset and Lincoln County earlier this week — got back to their winning ways on Friday night, and it couldn’t have came at a better time for coach John Fraley and company.
The Maroons led wire to wire, and picked up a much-needed win in the process, holding back arch-rival Southwestern by a final tally of 67-49.
“We kind of got back to our own identity a little bit tonight,” stated coach Fraley, after Pulaski County improved to 10-7 on the season with the win.
“We had struggled this week, and it was important for us to come out tonight and play well, and we did that, and that set the tone for us,” added the PC head coach.
Pulaski County raced out to a 16-7 lead after one period of play, and extended that margin out to 15 points — 32-17 by the intermission.
Southwestern’s Brayden Sims played very sparingly in the first half, picking up two quick fouls in the first quarter, and he would not return for the remainder of the half.
With Southwestern’s main presence inside on the bench saddled with foul trouble, Pulaski County took full advantage, in racing out to the 15-point lead by the intermission.
Colton Fraley scored 10 of his 12 points in the opening half, and PC had this one in firm control by halftime.
“Our youth and inexperience really showed tonight,” lamented Southwestern head coach Chris Baker, after his team fell to 7-10 with the loss.
“Situations like this one tonight are learning situtions for us,’ continued Baker. “We have to see where we failed, fix it, and forget it.”
Sims — held scoreless in the first half — tallied all 11 of his points after the intermission, but the Warriors could never get the deficit under double figures.
Sims led Southwestern with those 11 points, while Jake Combs led Pulaski County with a game-high 18 points, while Fraley and Grant Oaks each chipped in with 12 points.
Both teams are scheduled to play on Saturday — weather permitting — in the Iron Warrior Classic at Southwestern High School.
Pulaski County is set to take on Montgomery County tomorrow, while Southwestern is slated to go up against Nelson County.