Somerset rolls in The PC Gym and takes the Maroons behind the woodshed

Pulaski County junior guard KJ Combs goes up for two points in a game earlier this season against Lincoln County. On Tuesday night, Combs led the Maroons with 14 points, but it was not enough, as visiting Somerset came into The PC Gym and rolled over the Maroons with a 72-52 victory.
Photo by David Rogers

By DOUG EADS

On Tuesday night at The PC Gym, it was a matchup featuring the top two teams inside the 12th Region — by way of a won-loss record at least — as both visiting Somerset and Pulaski County had identical records of 17-3 heading into this all-important 47th District.

This one was dubbed as one of the biggest games of the season inside the 12th Region, but when the dust had settled, this game turned out to be a proverbial ‘dud’.

Simply, Somerset came out and took the Maroons to the woodshed.



The Briar Jumpers — coming off a 51-50 loss to St. Henry in last week’s All A Classic — came out on Tuesday evening at The PC Gym and played like a very hungry basketball team.

PC actually led this game 14-11 through the end of the first period, but thanks to a 22-13 second quarter by the Briar Jumpers, it was Somerset leading the Maroons at the halftime break by a score of 33-27.

In the third period, Somerset totally took control in this affair, outscoring PC by a 23-11 margin.

At that juncture of the contest, the Briar Jumpers were rolling with a 56-38 lead over the Maroons headed into the fourth quarter.

Somerset was seemingly hitting almost every shot the Briar Jumpers put up in that decisive third quarter, while Pulaski County couldn’t seemingly buy a basket.

PC’s prolific sophomore wings — Caleb Sloan and Zach Travis — were held to a combined eight points in the contest, by a tenacious Somerset defense.

Junior guard Kade Grundy paced Somerset in the win with 22 points, while Gavin Stevens added 16 points for the Briar Jumpers, who moved to 5-0 against district opponents and to 18-3 overall on the season.

Pulaski County meanwhile fell to 17-4 with the loss to Somerset, and to 3-1 in league play.



The Maroons were led by KJ Combs with 14 points, while Colton Fraley added 11 points, and  Garrett Heath joined them  in double figures with 10 points.

The Briar Jumpers will return to action at home on Friday night at The Briar Patch to take on Anderson County at 7:30 p.m.

Meanwhile, PC will try to bounce back on Friday at home, taking on Rockcastle County in another 47th District game.

That game is the second game of a girl-boy doubleheader between the two schools, with the girl’s contest slated to begin at 6:00 p.m.



Lady Jumpers pick up first district win at Pulaski County

Pulaski County’s Caroline Oakes drives to the basket during the Lady Maroons game against Southwestern earlier this month. On Tuesday night at The PC Gym, the Lady Maroons found themselves on the wrong side of the scoreboard, falling to arch-rival Somerset 46-44.
Photo by David Rogers

By DOUG EADS

The Somerset Lady Jumpers certainly picked the right time to notch their first district win of the season on Tuesday night.

Casey Rexroat’s club visited arch-rival Pulaski County on Tuesday evening, and after blowing a five-point halftime lead, Somerset rallied from a fourth quarter deficit to pick itself off the mat for a hard-fought, 46-44 victory over Pulaski County.

The comeback win improved Somerset to 9-12 on the season and to 1-4 in district play, while Pulaski County fell to 12-9 overall with the loss, and dropped to 1-3 against league opponents.



Somerset came out on fire in this one, getting the job done from behind the three-point line early on.

The Lady Jumpers led PC by a 24-19 margin at the intermission, but thanks to a 17-9 third quarter in favor of the homestanding Lady Maroons, it was Pulaski County that took a 36-33 lead by the end of the third quarter.

However in the game’s final eight minutes, Chris Adkins and company couldn’t maintain the lead, as a determined Somerset squad roared back — despite several clutch misses late in the game from the charity stripe — to notch the two-point win over the Lady Maroons.

Lauren Foutch paced Somerset in the win with a game-high 21 points, while Madison Garland joined her in double figures with 11 points.

Heidi Thompson meanwhile led Pulaski County with 15 points, and Maddy Dunn chipped in with 10 points.

Somerset will return to action on Thursday night on the road at Knox Central, while Pulaski County will return to the hardwood with district rival Rockcastle County on Friday night at The PC Gym.

That game is set to get underway at 6 p.m.



Maroons crush visiting Russell County, 79-43

Pulaski County senior Logan Bates is seen here battling for position against Southwestern’s Jon Wood in a game earlier this month. On Saturday, Bates came off the Maroons bench to score 10 points, helping PC move to 17-3 on the season with a 79-43 beatdown victory over Russell County.
Photo by David Rogers

By DOUG EADS

So how do you get ready to the biggest game of the season the first of the next week?

You go out on a Saturday afternoon and totally demolish and dismantle a homecoming opponent — that’s how.

And, that’s exactly what the Pulaski County Maroons did on Saturday afternoon against visiting Russell County.



John Fraley’s club barely broke a sweat in the first half in this one, leading the Lakers by a whopping, 50-20 margin at the intermission.

And as a result, it was PC cruising to an easy, 79-43 victory over the Lakers.

Pulaski County put 10 players into the scoring column, and had three players hit for double figures, while senior Garrett Heath — who had been out for the past three weeks with a shoulder injury — returned to the starting lineup on Saturday and tallied nine points.

Colton Fraley paced the Maroons with 14 points, KJ Combs added 13 points, and Logan Bates netted 10 points, as Pulaski County moved to 17-3 on the year with the win.

The win sets up a monumental, huge, big-time game — take your pick — game this Tuesday night inside both the 47th District and 12th Region.

The Somerset Briar Jumpers — also 17-3 on the year and coming off of last Friday’s 51-50 loss to St. Henry in the All A Classic — will travel to the PC Gym for the first of two regular season meetings between two very solid favorites to win the 12th Region this year.

Game time is set for 7:30 p.m., and you can follow all of the action on Somerset’s iHeartRadio, as yours truly and Adam Bray will bring you all of the exciting action between the Maroons and Briar Jumpers, beginning with our pregame show on LAKE 102.3 FM, which will get underway around 7:15 p.m.



Tigers fall in overtime to University of Cincinnati-Clermont

Campbellsville-Somerset sophomore wing Malik Lovan came off the bench on Saturday to score 18 points, but it wouldn’t be enough, as the Tigers fell to Cincinnati-Clermont in overtime 99-92.
Photo by Steve Cornelius

By DOUG EADS

Forget about the old sports adage, ‘Feast or Famine’.

For Al Gover and the Campbellsville-Somerset University Tigers, Saturday’s game against visiting Cincinnati-Clermont was a version of ‘Famine-Feast-Famine’.

And as a result of the latter, it was Gover and the Tigers dropping another heartbreaker, falling to the visiting Cougars by a final score of 99-92 in overtime.



The culprit in this one you might ask?

As has been the case for much of the season, what did in the Tigers on Saturday was missed opportunities at the charity stripe, and costly turnovers at winning time.

CU-Somerset was 0-3 from the free throw line in the overtime period – one of those being the front end of a one and one – and the University of Cincinnati-Clermont took advantage.

The Cougars didn’t hardly miss a shot in the extra session – from the field or the free throw line for that matter – dropping CU-Somerset to 5-14 on the season with a fourth consecutive loss.

“In overtime in a close game like that, free throws are obviously very crucial, and we just didn’t make them today when it mattered,” lamented coach Al Gover immediately following the game.

“We had several turnovers today, and we had two or three in a row with just about a minute and half to go in the game,” added the Tigers head coach. “When you fail to cash in at the free throw line, and you have two or three turnovers in a row at crunch time in a close game against a quality opponent like Cincinnati-Clermont, it’s going to get you beat, and that’s exactly what happened to us today.”

For Campbellsville-Somerset to even get back in this game was impressive.

The Cougars came out of the gate and threw and landed what looked to be the proverbial knockout punch against CU-Somerset from the very outset.



Cincinnati-Clermont jumped out in front of Somerset 22-6 early on, but Gover’s crew would not go down without a fight.

TC Wright paced the way for the homestanding Tigers with 22 points, while Malik Lovan came off the CU-Somerset bench to add 18 points.

Thanks to weathering that early storm, the Tigers only trailed this one at the intermission by a score of 47-41.

Early in the second half, CU-Somerset maintained the momentum in this affair.

In fact, at about the midway point of the second frame, it was the Tigers with a nine-point lead over Cincinnati-Clermont, leading the Cougars by a 65-56 margin.

However, coach Steve Ellis and the Cougars had one final run left as well.

UCC fought back from that nine-point deficit, and actually took a 79-76 lead late in the contest, but with his club down 82-80, Lovan scored a basket on a nice move down in the paint for the Tigers, forcing the game into overtime at 82-82.

In that extra five-minute session, the Cougars played an almost flawless five minutes of basketball, hitting shot after shot, while the Tigers missed those three crucial free throws, while turning the ball over on three consecutive possessions late in the OT period.



Ballgame!

“Right now, we just have way too many trips down the floor for whatever reason, we’re just not focused and ready to execute and get the job done,” Gover stated.

“I mean you’re up eight or nine points in the game with about eight minutes to go – you keep that lead by guarding and rebounding– and we lost focus at that juncture, and we didn’t do either of those things very well in that stretch coming down to the end of the game,” added the CU-Somerset coach.

Besides Wright and Lovan, CU-Somerset put three other players in double figures in the loss.

Jalen Howard had 17 points, Antwan Hurt added 12 points, and AJ Thomas netted 10 points for the Tigers.

For the University of Cincinnati-Clermont, the Cougars were led by Kort Justice who tallied a game-high 26 points, while John Aicholtz added 23 points, Clay Spivey tallied 19 points, and David Hunter had 18 points.

The Tigers – 5-14 on the season – will return to action this coming weekend, playing a pair of games at Great Lakes Christian College up in Lansing, Michigan.

CU-Somerset’s next home game is on Friday, February 14th at 7:30 p.m. against Grace Christian College at Somerset Christian School.



Admission to the game is free.



Warriors end losing slide, win at McCreary Central 47-40

By DOUG EADS

Marred in a four-game losing skid, the Southwestern Warriors were in dire need of a win — regardless of the opponent.

That opponent on Thursday night just happened to be district-rival McCreary Central, and Chris Baker’s club did indeed get that much-needed victory in a very hard-fought battle by a final score of 47-40.

Southwestern led this one 26-22 at the half and stretched that lead out to eight points — 37-29 —  by the end of the third quarter.



Cole Dysinger led the Warriors in the win with 12 points, Hunter Coffey added 10 points, and Brayden Sims tallied seven points while pulling down a game-high 15 rebounds.

The Warriors — 12-9 on the season — will return to action tonight on the road at Bell County.

Southwestern will return home to The Wigwam on Friday night, January 31st at home against arch-rival Wayne County at 7:30 p.m.



Casey County takes down Lady Maroons 62-33

Pulaski County’s Caroline Oakes drives the ball to the hoop in a recent game against Southwestern. On Tuesday night at The PC Gym, the Lady Maroons fell to district rival Casey County by a 62-33 margin.
Photo by David Rogers

By DOUG EADS

The Pulaski County Lady Maroons — hitting the roughest stretch of their schedule this season — lost their fourth straight game on Tuesday night, falling to district rival Casey County 62-33.

The Lady Maroons kept things close early, before Casey County stretched the lead out after the intermission.

For Pulaski County, the Lady Maroons fell to 12-8 on the season with the loss, dropping games during the losing streak to Lincoln County, Southwestern, Russell, and the Lady Rebels.



Haylee Ridner and Maddy Dunn each led Pulaski County in the loss with nine points each, on a night when the three-point shots just would not go down for Chris Adkins’ club.

Pulaski County will try to bounce back next Tuesday night, hosting arch-rival Somerset at The PC Gym at 6 p.m.



Pulaski County continues to roll, blows out Casey County

Pulaski County senior point guard Colton Fraley hit a shot from half court just before the first half ended on Tuesday night, helping lead the Maroons to an 82-51 beatdown win over district foe Casey County.
Photo by David Rogers

By DOUG EADS

The Pulaski County Maroons were a prohibitive favorite over district rival Casey County coming into their matchup on Tuesday night at The PC Gym.

On paper, this one was a mismatch with the 2-16 Rebels facing a 15-3 Pulaski County team that was undefeated against 12th Regional opponents.

On the court meanwhile, this one was a complete mismatch — and then some.



The Maroons put four players in double figures, had 11 players hit the scoring column, and for good measure, senior guard Colton Fraley hit a shot from midcourt just before the horn sounded ending the first half.

By that point, Pulaski County led the Rebels 43-21, and never looked back, as the Maroons went on to post an 82-51 victory.

Pulaski County was led by KJ Combs with 17 points in the win, while Grant Oakes added 16 points.

Logan Bates played a great game for PC, as the senior came off the Maroons bench to add 14 points, while Zach Travis added 10 points, along with a fantastic ally-oop dunk off an assist from Fraley.

Pulaski County — 16-3 on the season – will return to action on Saturday night at home to take on Russell County.

That tip off is slated to get underway at 5 p.m.