Pulaski County rolls past Campbellsville, 89-56

By DOUG EADS

One night after falling to Huntington Prep, the Pulaski County Maroons bounced back with avengeance on Saturday evening in the M & W Classic at The PC Gym.

Hosting the Campbellsville Eagles — coached by former University of Kentucky standout Anthony Epps — John Fraley’s club put the loss 24 hours earlier to Huntington Prep in its rear view mirror with an emphatic statement.

Pulaski County put five players in double figures in this one — led by Caleb Sloan with 18 points — helping the Maroons improve to 6-2 on the season with a very impressive, 89-56 victory over the Eagles.



Campbellsville stayed within striking distance of PC early on, only trailing the Maroons by seven points at 40-33 at halftime.

However, the Maroons used a big-time run coming of the locker room to begin the second half, outscoring the Eagles in the third period 24-11, to take a very comfortable, 64-44 lead into the final stanza.

Freshman guard Barack Williams scored 11 of his 14 points after the intermission, helping the Maroons roll to the blowout win.

Colton Fraley had 15 points for PC, KJ Combs added 12 points, and Zach Travis added 11 points.

The Maroons will close out play in the tourney on Sunday afternoon at The PC Gym at 3:30 p.m., when Pulaski County will meet up against Bullitt Central.



Warriors suffer first loss of season in loss to Middlesboro

By DOUG EADS

For one half at least, everything was going right for an undefeated Southwestern basketball team on Saturday afternoon at The PC Gym.

Taking on Middlesboro on day two of the annual M & W Classic, the Warriors — behind the 22 first half points from senior guard Cole Dysinger — led the Yellowjackets by a 34-23 margin.

That’s right, Dysinger almost single handily outscored Middlesboro all by himself in the opening half of play, but boy would things change ever so quickly after the intermission.



With just over a minute gone by in the second half, Dysinger suffered an injury to his ankle, and Middlesboro would take full advantage of the Warriors being without their leading scorer.

Southwestern missed its floor leader, and the Yellowjackets responded with a very nice rally, and as a result, it was Southwestern suffering its first loss of the season with a 53-51 setback.

After leaving the game with 6:55 left in the third period with the ankle injury, Dysinger did come back — albeit momentarily — and dished out an assist to Cameron Pierce for a basket.

Moments later however, he would leave for good, and that’s when the Yellowjackets mounted their comeback.

With 4:19 remaining in the game, Middlesboro’s T.J. Patterson made a pair of free throws giving the Yellowjackets their first lead of the game at 48-47.

Southwestern would then hit four consecutive free throws — two each from Brayden Sims and Hunter Coffey — reclaiming the lead for the final time of the game at 51-48.

However, Middlesboro would end the contest with five straight points, for the 53-51 victory.

Jabari Kyle would score on a layup to trim the Warrior lead down to 51-50, while on the next trip down the floor, Trey Brock would score and get fouled, and after that three-point play, Middlesboro would take a 53-51 lead with only :08 remaining in the game.



After a Southwestern timeout with :05 remaining, the Warriors got a three-point attempt from Andrew Smith from the top of the key, but it was no good, and the Yellowjackets had completed the comeback win, while sending the Warriors down to their first defeat of the season.

Dysinger led the Warriors with those 22 first half points, while teammate Brayden Sims joined him in double figures with 10 points.

The Warriors will conclude play in the tourney on Sunday afternoon at The Wigwam, hosting Danville at 3:30 p.m.




Lady Maroons top Clinton County in Arby’s Classic

By DOUG EADS

One night after taking down Shelby County by 13 points in the opening round of the Arby’s Holiday Classic at McCreary Central High School, the Pulaski County Lady Maroons got back into action on Saturday afternoon in the second round of the tourney, and Clinton County proved to be no match for Chris Adkins’ club.

Simply, Adkins and company put this one away early, gaining control of the contest with a 21-6 lead after the first period, on their way to an easy, 65-34 win over the Lady Bulldogs.

Three PC players hit for double figures in the win, led by Maddy Dunn’s 13 points, while Caroline Oakes and Heidi Thompson each added 12 points.



Pulaski County — after leading this one 21-6 at the end of the first period — took a 34-18 lead into the locker room at halftime over the Lady Bulldogs, and then totally blew this one wide open, by outscoring Clinton County 20-5 in the third stanza, taking a 54-23 lead into the fourth period.

With the win, Pulaski County moved to 6-2 on the season and will return to action on Sunday afternoon in the tournament at McCreary Central High School at 12 p.m. taking on Knott County Central.



Warriors remain undefeated, take down Harvest Prep 82-76

By DOUG EADS

Well, something had to give on Friday night at Southwestern’s Wigwam in the first round of the annual M & W Classic Basketball Tournament.

The undefeated 4-0 Harvest Prep Warriors from Canal Winchester, Ohio — the defending Division III state champions from Ohio — took on the undefeated Southwestern Warriors, in what turned out to be a great basketball game.

But in the end, someone had to prevail in this affair, and that someone was the Warriors from Southwestern.



Cole Dysinger scored a team-high 20 points while dishing out a career-best 11 assists, while Brayden Sims pulled down a game-high 19 rebounds and tallied 14 points.

Tanner McKee came off the bench to add 17 points for the blue and orange Warriors, and as a result, it was Southwestern handing Harvest Prep its first loss of the season with an 82-76 victory.

Southwestern only trailed one time in the contest at 33-32 early in the second quarter, but the Warriors would rally to lead Harvest Prep by seven points at the half at 43-36.

Chris Baker’s club in the second half would pad its lead to as many as 14 points, but behind the play of senior guard CJ Anthony, Harvest Prep would rally coming down the stretch.

Anthony poured in a game-high 39 points, but even that wouldn’t be enough for the defending state champions, as Southwestern would hang on for the six-point win over the Warriors from the Buckeye state, improving to 7-0 on the season.

The Southwesetern Warriors will return to action on Saturday afternoon in the second round of the M & W Classic, taking on Middlesboro at The PC Gym beginning at 5 p.m.

The game prior to that one, the Harvest Prep Warriors will square off against the Danville Admirals at The PC Gym at 3:30 p.m.

The first game of the day at Pulaski County High School on Saturday will tip off at 2 p.m., with West Jessamine meeting up against Bullitt Central.



The nightcap scheduled for 6:30 p.m. will feature the homestanding Maroons taking on Campbellsville.




Somerset rolls past Cordia in Berea All A Tournament

By DOUG EADS

The Somerset Briar Jumpers continued their winning ways on Friday, as Jeron Dunbar and crew moved to 6-1 on the season, winning their fifth consecutive game with an impressive, 87-63 win over the Cordia Golden Lions in the Berea All A Holiday Classic.

Kade Grundy led Somerset with a game-high 28 points, and the Somerset coach says his junior guard is starting to come around, after missing virtually all of preseason practice due to Somerset’s deep run in the football playoffs.

“We are playing good team basketball right now,” stated a very happy Somerset head coach after his team’s win on Friday.



“I think Kade got back in the groove tonight, and hopefully he is starting to hit his stride,” Dunbar added. “We are shooting the ball really well right now, and our defense continues to get better. Kaiya (Sheron) has looked completely different the last couple of games and he is getting better each game.”

Grundy did indeed play well in Friday’s contest, hitting 60 percent from the floor, hitting on 12-20 field goal attempts.

Dylan Burton also hit for double figures in the win for Somerset scoring 14 points, and Gavin Stevens added 12 points for the Briar Jumpers.

Somerset — 6-1 on the season — will play at 1:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon in the tourney at Berea High School, taking on Sayre High School out of Lexington.