Head coach Chris Adkins and the Pulaski County Lady Maroons got off to a good start to the 2019-’20 high school basketball season on Monday night, by going on the road and earning a tough win at Adair County by a final count of 50-36.
PC got out to a 25-20 lead at the intermission, and was able to pull away in the second half.
Haylee Ridner scored 8 of her 11 points in the second half, while Heidi Thompson tallied 6 of her 8 points after the intermission as well.
Ridner along with Caroline Oakes, each hit three-point baskets in the fourth period to help PC stay in control of the game and ice it away.
The Lady Maroons — now 1-0 on the year — will return to action in their home opener on Thursday night at The PC Gym, hosting the Lady Redhounds of Corbin at 7:30 p.m.
The Casey Rexroat era tipped off on Monday night at the Briar Patch, and the first year head coach of the Somerset Lady Jumpers got his first win at the helm of the program.
The Lady Jumpers were led by Ashley Holt with 16 points, while Lauren Foutch chipped in with 15 points, on a night when at times, the game was very ugly on both ends of the court for both teams.
“It was a very ugly first half, with neither team able to get in a flow offensively,” stated Rexroat immediately after the game.
“We missed a lot of looks inside in the first half,” Rexroat added. “Our lack of finishing made the game much closer than it should have been. We missed free throws throughout the game, but we made them down the stretch.”
In a very low-scoring affair in the first half, the Lady Jumpers led East Jessamine at the intermission 17-13, but picked things up in the second half of play.
And it was Holt who was the catalyst for Somerset, scoring 12 of her team-high 16 points in the second half, helping the Lady Jumpers stretch out the lead to double figures.
“Addi Bowling helped control ball offensively, while Ashley Holt was our main offensive threat through the first three quarters tonight,” pointed out Rexroat. “Then Madison Garland and Lauren Foutch took over and were clutch at the free throw line down the stretch.”
Somerset now 1-0 on the young season will return to action on Friday night at The Briar Patch with a game against Madison Southern.
Coming out of the Thanksgiving break, Campbellsville-Somerset University head basketball coach Al Gover was looking for his club to get back on track on Monday night, hosting a very good Johnson University team out of Knoxville,Tennessee.
Unfortunately,after 40 minutes of hoops on Monday evening at Somerset Christian School, the Tigers head coach didn’t have a whole lot to be thankful for after witnessing his club’s performance against the visiting Royals.
In fact, the numbers in this one was down right ugly for CU-Somerset.
Johnson University shot 54.7 percent from the field for the game, hitting on 41-75 field goal attempts, which included going over 50 percent – 16-30 — from behind the three-point line.
Meanwhile,the Tigers shot under 40 percent from the field, hitting on 32-86 field goal attempts, made an abysmal 4-14 from the free throw line, and were guilty of 23 turnovers on the night.
In all, it added up to a 112-74 blowout loss for CU-Somerset, dropping Gover and crew to 3-7 on the season and the Tigers head man was not a happy camper afterwards as one might imagine.
“That’s a very good team we just played, there’s no doubt, but I’m very disappointed in our energy level tonight and the enthusiasm that our kids played with,”lamented Gover after his team’s latest loss.
“When you can’t play hard as a basketball player and give it your all, something’s wrong, and you probably need to look into a mirror,” Gover added.
In a sign of things to come, the Royals scored the first 10 points of the contest before the Tigers ever saw a ball go through the hoop.
And, despite righting the ship albeit momentarily in cutting the deficit to 17-14 early on, this was not going to be the Tigers night.
Johnson University, shooting a blistering plus-50 percent from the field for the entire night, went on a 9-0 run after CU-Somerset had trimmed the deficit down to only three points to take a 29-14 lead over the Tigers, and were never really threatened again.
Behind the 15 first half points from the Royals’ Cody Jones and 11 from Gavin Grubb, the Tigers found themselves in a big-time hole at the intermission, trailing in this one by 20 points at 58-38.
In the second half, things didn’t get any better for coach Gover and the Tigers.
CU-Somerset trimmed the deficit down to 14 points early in the second frame, trailing the Royals at 60-46, but Johnson University went on another run, this time a 20-4 spurt, to ice this one away by leading 80-50 at the midway point of the second half.
And, it was turnovers, lack of execution at the offensive end, and a lack of hustle and effort that was the demise for the Tigers on this night – all things that didn’t go unnoticed by the head coach.
“The one thing we talked to our kids at halftime about and after the game was that I’m not going to continue to work as hard as we do if a kid is not receptive to coaching,” stated Gover very matter of factly.
“We’ll just put you on the back burner and find someone who is coachable,” added the Tigers head coach. “For the most part, most of these kids are coachable, but some of them are really going to have to work on that.”
TC Wright led the Tigers in the loss with a team-high 22 points, while Deion Finnison joined him in double figures with 16 points.
CU-Somerset will return to action on Sunday afternoon at Pulaski County High School, taking on Great Lakes Christian College at 3:30 p.m.