Lady Maroons fall in Sunshine Classic finals

By DOUG EADS

The Pulaski County Lady Maroons had won six games in a row coming into Monday’s championship game in the Sunshine Classic at Daytona Beach, Florida.

However on Monday, after playing a ton of games over the past week, along with a long road trip to the Sunshine state — seven games to be exact — PC ran out of gas in the tourney finals.

Taking on DeKalb County out of Tennessee, the Lady Maroons — in a very low-scoring affair — couldn’t get going offensively for much of the afternoon, and as a result, it was Pulaski County falling in the end by a final count of 39-29.



Haylee Ridner led the Lady Maroons in the loss by scoring eight points, on a day when both clubs struggled to find offense.

The Lady Maroons will return home and get a few days of rest before their next game, which comes up this coming weekend.

On Saturday, Chris Adkins’ club — now 10-3 on the season — will travel to Kentucky State University on Saturday, January 4th, to take on Covington Holy Cross at 5 p.m. in the Penn Station Shootout.



PC holds off Hurricanes on final day of tournament

The Pulaski County Maroons went a perfect, 3-3 over the weekend in the Lake Cumberland Holiday Hoops Classic Basketball Tournament. On Sunday afternoon, the Maroons held off Morristown East High School out of Tennessee by a 74-64 margin.
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By DOUG EADS

One night after surviving Newport High School in overtime, the Pulaski County Maroons returned to the hardwood on Sunday afternoon on the final day of the annual Lake Cumberland Holiday Hoops Classic, and John Fraley’s club made it a perfect three for three at this year’s event.

The Maroons got a 30-point performance from Colton Fraley, while sophomore forward Caleb Sloan poured in 19 points, helping Pulaski County improve to 10-2 on the season with a 74-64 win over the Morristown East Hurricanes.

Morristown East, Tennessee got a game-high 32 points from guard Micah Simpson, but it would not be enough to slow down a Pulaski County team that has now won five games in a row.



The Maroons were impressive over the weekend in the tournament, holding off Sullivan East High School on Friday night 83-70, in a game that saw junior guard KJ Combs pour in 29 points in leading the Maroons to the victory.

In that overtime win over Newport on Saturday night — a 75-67 Pulaski County victory — Combs once again led the way for Fraley’s club with 26 points, while senior point guard Colton Fraley added 11 points, going a perfect, 6-6 from the charity stripe in the extra session.

The Maroons — 10-2 on the season — will return to action on Saturday at South Laurel High School, taking part in the Raymond Reed Classic.

Pulaski County will meet North Laurel at that event, with the game set to get underway on Saturday evening at 6 p.m.



Lady Warriors absolutely cruise through weekend

The Southwestern Lady Warriors were all smiles on Sunday afternoon, after extending their current winning streak to nine games, with a 71-45 win over Clay County, Tennessee in their final game of the Lake Cumberland Holiday Hoops Classic Basketball Tournament.
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By DOUG EADS

You talk about being on a roll.

Junior Molden and the Southwestern Lady Warrior basketball team is on a proverbial roll — one that is showing no signs whatsoever of slowing down.

Just how impressive have the Lady Warriors been of late?



Well over the weekend in the Lake Cumberland Holiday Hoops Classic Basketball Tournament, Molden’s club won all three games it played, extending its winning streak to nine games in a row.

And, oh by the way, Southwestern won those three tourney games this past weekend by an average margin of victory of 27.6 points per contest.

Sunday’s latest victim to Southwestern was Clay County, Tennessee, who fell to the Lady Warriors by a final count of 71-45.

Southwestern took firm control of this one, leading the visitors from Rocky Top by a 40-17 margin at the half.

Kennedy Harris paced the Lady Warriors in the win with 18 points, Makayla Noritis added 15 points, and Regi Cundiff tallied 13 points, helping the Lady Warriors move to 11-1 on the season.

On Saturday, Southwestern notched win number 10 of the season, with an impressive, 60-27 victory over John Hardin High School.

In that game, Alexa Smiddy led a balanced Southwestern scoring attack with 12 points, while Jenna Wood and Harris each chipped in with 11 points.

The Lady Warriors will head into a new year looking every bit the juggernaut and a team that is more than capable of defending its 12th Regional title.



Molden and crew will return to the hardwood on Saturday, January 4th at Franklin County High School, taking part in the Central Metals/Penn Station Shootout, as the Lady Warriors will face Bethlehem High School.




Warriors split final two games of the weekend

By DOUG EADS

The Southwestern Warriors will head into the new year with a 9-3 record, after splitting their final two games of the Lake Cumberland Holiday Hoops Classic over the weekend.

On Sunday evening at The Wigwam, the Warriors dropped a tough one, falling to Clay County, Tennessee in the tourney finale by a 60-57 margin.

This game was close throughout, but Southwestern couldn’t get over the hump for a ‘W’.



Brayden Sims paced the blue and orange with 16 points in the loss, while Andrew Jones joined him in double figures with 11 points.

On Saturday night, the Warriors cruised to a big-time, blowout victory, topping Phoenix International, Ohio by a final count of 86-28.

Thanks to a 58-point win, the Warriors got contributions from everyone in uniform, paced by Lukas Maybrier with 15 points.

Sims added a dozen points, Luke Jacobs chipped in with 11 points, and Evan Smith added 10 points for the Warriors.

Southwestern will return to action on Friday night, January 3rd, hosting Bryan Station at The Wigwam at 8 p.m.




PC boys and girls pick up impressive wins in tourneys

Pulaski County’s Maddy Dunn scored 17 points on Saturday, helping the Lady Maroons get past Cookeville, Tennessee in the Sunshine Classic in Daytona Beach, Florida.
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By DOUG EADS

Both the Pulaski County Lady Maroons and PC’s boys basketball teams continued their respective rolls on the hardwood in weekend tourneys on Saturday.

Chris Adkins and the Lady Maroons won their sixth game in a row on Saturday afternoon, improving to 10-2 on the season along the way with a hard-fought, 41-35 win over Cookeville, Tennessee in the Sunshine Classic in Daytona Beach, Florida.

In a very tight game, PC led Cookeville 27-26 at the end of the third period, but made the plays down the stretch to extend that winning streak to six games in a row with the six-point win.



Maddy Dunn paced the Lady Maroons in the win with 17 points, while Caroline Oakes added 12 points for PC.

Meanwhile, at the friendly confines of The PC Gym some 600 miles away, the PC boys had a little tougher road to hoe on Saturday night, but John Fraley’s club was up to the task, taking down Newport High School in the Lake Cumberland Holiday Hoops Classic in overtime by a final score of 75-67.

This game was close throughout, with the two teams tied at the half, 28-28, and again at the end of the third period at 46-46, and at the end of regulation at 60-60.

In the extra session, PC was able to outscore the visitors from northern Kentucky 15-7, to come away with a very nice and hard-fought victory.

KJ Combs — one night after a 29-point performance against Sullivan East High School — once again led PC with a team-high 26 points in the win.

But, it was Colton Fraley who helped the Maroons seal the win in the overtime period from the charity stripe.

Fraley scored six of his 11 points from the free throw line in the overtime period, going a perfect 6-6 from the stripe, helping coach John Fraley and company improve to 9-2 on the season with the win.

Sophomore forward Zach Travis also hit for double figures in the win for Pulaski County, scoring 17 points in the contest.



Both the Maroons and Lady Maroons will continue play in the two tournaments on Sunday.



Jumpers bounce back with win over Hurricanes

Somerset junior guard Kade Grundy throws down a dunk in a game earlier this season. On Saturday night, Grundy poured in a game-high 27 points helping lead the Briar Jumpers to a 74-65 win over Morristown East. Photo by David Rogers


By DOUG EADS

One night after falling to University Heights in the opening round of the Lake Cumberland Holiday Hoops Classic, the Somerset Briar Jumpers rebounded very nicely on Saturday evening, holding back the Morristown East Hurricanes by a final score of 74-65.

Somerset junior guard Kade Grundy led the Jumpers with 27 points, on a night when Jeron Dunbar’s club moved to 9-2 on the season, and bounced back after a very disappointing, 63-57 loss to UHA the night before.

“We challenged our guys today because we weren’t real happy after last night,” pointed out coach Dunbar,  in talking about his club’s loss to UHA the night before.



“I was mad all night, and I didn’t think we came out with the right kind of energy last night,” added the Somerset head coach. “We had a long session today — let’s just say that. We preached to them about playing for each other, playing for pride, and all down through our bench tonight our guys were enthusiastic, and helping each other, so I was glad with the way we responded.”

Grundy of course had the big night with his 27 points, and it was his 6-0 spurt in the second frame that put the Briar Jumpers in control of things, erasing a 20-18 deficit into a 24-20 Somerset lead late in the first half.

The Briar Jumpers led the Hurricanes 29-22 at the half, and extended that margin to 49-37 through three quarters of play, but Morristown East would have one final run left in the tank.

In the fourth period, Somerset got up by as many as 16 points, but the Hurricanes — behind the play of Micah Simpson and Braden Ilec rallied.

The Hurricanes would cut the Somerset lead down to 70-65 with just under a minute to play, but Dylan Burton — who tallied 10 points in the win — would hit a pair of free throws, and Jackson Cooper would score on a layup, helping Dunbar and company close out the game with a mini, 4-0 run.

Gavin Stevens would add 18 points in the win for the Briar Jumpers, while Kaiya Sheron also would hit for double figures with 10 points.

Somerset will conclude play in the tourney on Sunday afternoon at The Briar Patch.





Lady Warriors extend win streak to seven, top Knox Central

By DOUG EADS

The Southwestern Lady Warriors ran their winning streak to seven games on Friday night, as Junior Molden’s club came away with another impressive win.

Facing Knox Central in the opening night of the annual Lake Cumberland Holiday Hoops Classic at The Wigwam, Southwestern used a 29-15 second quarter to take charge in this one, leading the Lady Panthers 45-27 at the half on their way to an impressive, 79-55 win.

Thanks to that onslaught in the second frame, the Lady Warriors would never really be threatened again in this affair.



Regi Cundiff led Southwestern with 22 points in the win, while Alexa Smiddy chipped in with 11 points, on a night when the blue and orange connected on 11 three-point baskets from downtown.

Southwestern — with the 12th Region’s best record currently at 9-1 on the season — will return to action today in the tourney from The Wigwam.

The Lady Warriors will get back at it today at 4:15 p.m., hosting John Hardin High School on day two of the three-day event.