By MICHAEL CHILDERS, CJ Correspondent
Pulaski County grabbed the lead over Somerset in the early minutes of their crosstown match-up last night at PC Gym.
The home standing Pulaski County Lady Maroons led by as much as 9 points in the first half, but that would all change in the second half, when the visiting Somerset Lady Jumpers stormed back to grab the lead.
Thanks to an 11-0 run in the latter part of the third period, it was Erin Walker and her Lady Jumpers leaving PC Gym with a 59-45 win, allowing them to move to 8-8 on the year and a perfect 3-0 in 47th District action.
After a lackluster opening half, the Lady Jumper head coach was much happier with her team’s defensive effort in the second half.
“We weren’t playing very good defense in the first half – we gave up 5 3-pointers in the first half,” began Walker. “We played great defense in the second half – we held them to only 4 points in the third quarter. We were able to get offensive rebounds and some put backs.”
Tarah Muntz’s Lady Maroons went into the locker room at the intermission with a 5-point, 25-20 advantage over Somerset. Out of the break, the Lady Jumpers charged back with an 11-0 spurt to grab a 34-28 lead over Pulaski County.
Somerset senior Virginia Scott paved the way for her club in the period, scoring 11 of her team’s 16 third quarter points. The Lady Jumpers outscored Pulaski County by a 16-4 margin in the frame.
After three quarters in the books, Somerset led the Lady Maroons by a 7-point margin at 36-29.
Muntz was really disappointed in the way her team came out and played in the second half, which was a half that saw the Lady Maroons be outscored by a 39-20 margin.
“I’m disappointed more disappointed with our effort,” told the first-year Lady Maroon coach. “We were up by 5 points, but you would have thought we were down 20. We didn’t come out and do the things that we do best. We didn’t play our best in the third quarter. We showed no excitement or no emotion at all there in the third quarter, which is really disheartening.”
The Lady Maroon hoops coach credited Somerset for they played in the third period, led by the play of Scott, who scored 18 of her game-high 21 points in the second half of action.
“I give Somerset a lot of credit for coming in the third quarter and playing as well as they did,” stated Muntz. “Virginia Scott, who is a really good player, had a big quarter for them.”
With 4:15 left to play in the contest, a trey from Pulaski County’s Jeriah Privett would cut the Somerset lead to 2 points at 44-42. Free-throws from Scott and Madison Brooks would widen the gap back out to 6 points at 48-42 with 3:08 remaining.
Walker was pleased with the way her team played in the closing minutes of the contest.
“With about 4 minutes left, I took a timeout because they had cut it to 4 at that point,” explained the second-year Somerset coach. “I told the girls that if we are going to win this game, we are going to have to settle down, and they were able to do that. The girls were able to get refocused and then win the game.”
Privett, once again, would come up with a big shot for the Lady Maroons, knocking down a 3-pointer to lessen the Somerset lead to 3 points at 48-45 with just under 2 minutes left in the ballgame.
The Lady Jumpers would continue to shoot well from the charity stripe, allowing them to stay out front of Pulaski County and claim the 14-point district victory.
Scott, who joined Somerset’s 1,000-point club over the weekend, poured in a game-high 21 points. The Lady Jumpers senior also had 6 rebounds in the win.
Maranda Mills, a junior, chimed in with 15 points and 5 boards on the night. Senior Madison Brooks added 7 points, while Brynlee Bigelow pulled down 6 boards.
Pulaski County freshman Taryn Davis came off the bench to score a club-high 15 points, which included a trio of 3-pointers. Sophomore Peyton Ingram finished with 14 points and 5 rebounds on the night. Privett just missed out on double figures, scoring 9 points.
The Lady Maroons, who fell to 8-4 overall and 0-3 in district play with the setback, will return to action today, playing against North Laurel at McCreary Central High School.
Somerset, now at an even 8-8 on the season, will host Rockcastle County on Tuesday night at 6 p.m. at the Briar Patch. After having their first 16 games on the road, the Lady Jumpers will be playing in their home-opener of the 2013-14 season.
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SHS – 13 7 16 23 – 59
PC – 16 9 4 16 – 45
SOMERSET (8-8): Scott 21, Mills 15, Brooks 7, Brown 5, Bigelow 5, Vaught 5, Johnson 1.
PULASKI COUNTY (8-4): Davis 15, Ingram 14, Privett 9, Perkins 4, McCollum 3.