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.