By DOUG EADS
The Pulaski County Maroons came into Monday night’s 12th Regional Tournament semi finals with a 25-6 won-loss record on the season, and a homecourt advantage over West Jessamine.
When all was said and done, none of that mattered.
West Jessamine used a 15-2 run in the first quarter to take a 20-12 lead over John Fraley’s club at the end of the first period — and despite more than one comeback attempt from Pulaski County — it would be the visiting Colts moving on to the tourney’s championship game, with an 82-68 victory over the Maroons.
Garrett Heath — playing in his final game of an outstanding prep career at Pulaski County — hit a three-pointer just before the horn sounded to end the first half, helping the Maroons get back in this one only trailing West Jessamine 35-30 at the intermission.
However, despite two or three comeback attempts in the second half, every time the Maroons got the deficit down to a working margin, it was the Colts who would have an answer.
Nate Breeden killed Pulaski County all night long from downtown, as he hit six three’s in the game on his way to a game-high 27 points.
Pulaski County meanwhile was led by Colton Fraley — also playing in the final game of an outstanding career — with 18 points, while Zach Travis added 15 points for the Maroons.
With the loss, Pulaski County finished its season with a 25-7 record, while West Jessamine moved on to Tuesday night’s championship game of the tournament, which will tip off at Pulaski County High School at 7 p.m.