By DOUG EADS
MT. VERNON — The Pulaski County Lady Maroons have enjoyed a bounce back season of sorts this year, but the one thing that had been missing by Chris Adkins’ club was getting over the hump inside the 47th District.
Despite being over the .500 mark for much of the season, the Lady Maroons came into Friday night’s battle at Rockcastle County still winless on the year against district opponents, with an 0-4 league mark.
That however all changed on Friday night in what has to be one of the biggest wins to date this year for the Lady Maroons.
Heidi Thompson hit back to back three-pointers late in the game giving the Lady Maroons their first lead of the contest at 37-35, and Shelby Cothron hit both ends of a one and one with only :07 remaining in the game, giving coach Adkins and company a hard-fought, 41-38 victory over the Lady Rockets.
The game was a very low-scoring affair from the outset, with Rockcastle County taking a 26-15 lead into the intermission over PC.
However, thanks to limiting the Lady Rockets to only 12 points in the second half, PC was able to rally for the come from behind win.
After Thompson’s back to back treys put the Lady Maroons into the lead with only 2:04 remaining in the contest — PC’s first lead of the night — Rockcastle County would rally reclaiming the lead.
Shelby Newland’s free throw with only :44 left on the clock put Rockcastle County back out on top of PC at 38-37, but the Lady Maroons would end the game on a 4-0 run to seal the victory.
Trailing by that one-point margin — after Newland’s free throw — Pulaski County’s Dawn Wilson got loose for a wide open layup on the ensuing possession, giving the Lady Maroons the lead for good at 39-38.
After a Rockcastle County miss at the other end of the court, Cothron was fouled and sealed the win with two pressure-packed free throws with only :07 remaining in the contest.
Cothron led Pulaski County in the win with 12 points, with Wilson joining her in double figures with 10 points, and Thompson added 9 points.
Pulaski County — 12-10 on the season after the win — will return to action on Tuesday night, once again playing on the road at Taylor County.