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.
Photo by David Rogers

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.




Lady Maroons just keep on rolling on the hardwood

By DOUG EADS

Fresh off of a championship in the Arby’s Classic earlier in the week, the Pulaski County Lady Maroon basketball team took their act out of state, but the results continued to be the same.

Simply, Chris Adkins and crew are rolling this season.

Playing on Friday in Daytona Beach, Florida in the opening round of the Sunshine Classic, Adkins and company improved to 9-2 on the year by blowing Hialeah High School out of the gymnasium, coming away with a 64-23 beatdown win.



PC put this one away early, leading the Florida team by a whopping, 34-11 margin at the break, never looking back.

Caroline Oakes paced a balanced Lady Maroon scoring attack — one that saw Pulaski County put 10 players into the scoring column.

Oakes led the way for the Lady Maroons with 13 points, while Haylee Ridner chipped in with 12 points, and Heidi Thompson added 10.

Pulaski County continues play in the Sunshine Classic through the weekend.



Maroons rally to defeat Sullivan East Patriots

PC senior guard Colton Fraley heads to the basket in a game earlier this season. On Friday night at The PC Gym, Fraley and the Maroons rallied to turn back a pesky Sullivan East team 83-70.
Photo by David Rogers

By DOUG EADS

The Pulaski County Maroons had to turn up the defensive pressure in the second half in Friday night’s first round of the annual Lake Cumberland Holiday Hoops Classic, and fortunately for John Fraley’s club, the Maroons were able to do just that — ‘D’ it up.

Facing Sullivan East High School on the opening night of the annual Lake Cumberland Holiday Hoops Classic, the Patriots did their best to shoot the Maroons out of their own building in the opening half of play.

Led by Dylan Bartley’s game-high 37 points, the visitors from Bluff City, Tennessee hit 10 three-point baskets in the first half, leading the Maroons 38-36 at the intermission.



However thanks to a 24-11 Pulaski County run to open the second half, it was coach Fraley and the Maroons roaring back for an 83-70 win, improving to 8-2 on the season.

Sullivan East — with not much size inside — played a fast-paced, break-neck style of basketball, with prolific shooters from downtown across the board.

Thanks to that up and down, let it rip style, the Patriots hit those 10 treys in the first half, taking a 38-36 lead into the locker room over the Maroons by halftime in a very entertaining opening half of play.

However, PC put the defensive clamps down in the third period, outscoring the Pats 24-11 in the frame, to fight back and take complete control of the contest.

KJ Combs led the Maroons with 29 points in the win, while Zach Travis added 16 points, and Colton Fraley chipped in with 11.

The Maroons — 8-2 on the season — return to play tonight in the Lake Cumberland Holiday Hoops Classic, taking on Newport High School this evening at 7:45 p.m.