Commonwealth Journal

January 23, 2013

Russell Co. nips Lady Maroons, 72-67

By HEATHER BOATMAN, CJ Correspondent
Commonwealth Journal

Somerset — On Tuesday night the Lady Maroons played Russell County but this meeting was more than just a game it was a chance for two communities to come together in a yellow out for Pulaski’s Athletic Director Randy Elmore.

“Tonight was about more than just basketball,” stated Coach Brian Miller. “When you have two communities that are coming together to support Coach Elmore that is for a greater cause than basketball. I was really glad to see Russell County and their fans participate in this yellow out.”

The Lady Maroons were defeated 72-67 by the Lady Lakers in a game that came down to the wire. Several younger members of the team have had an opportunity to step up their play due to several injuries on Pulaski’s team. Sophomore Eulah Perkins is one who stepped up and managed a double double with 10 points and 12 rebounds.

“I thought our kids played extremely hard tonight,” began Lady Maroons Coach. “We have to do the small things and do a better job defensively not letting them penetrate us.”

The Lady Maroons kept the game within reach the whole time. In the first quarter Russell County knocked down some threes to get a 11-4 run started. Pulaski made a run of their own ending the first period only trailing by three. The score at the end of one was 18-15.

In the second quarter the Lady Lakers where able to increase their lead. Senior Andrea Jenkins hit the clutch free throws to tie the game for the first time at 21 all. Russell County managed to sneak away with the lead going into the halftime break. The Lady Lakers had an eight-point lead to start the second half.

“We are just letting teams get to the basket and have an easy layup whenever they want it,” Coach Miller stated. “Every time we seem to make a run we let the other team run out for a layup or we loose their three point shooters.”

After the half the Lady Lakers came out looking to end this game getting a 15-point lead over the Lady Maroons. Pulaski fought their way back within 10 before the quarter ended. At the end of the third the score was 57-45 thanks to a three at the end of the quarter by Russell County’s point guard.

“We are getting better at shooting free throws each and everyday,” Miller began. ”Our kids are coming into school early and working on them and some are staying after practice to improve.”

In the fourth quarter the Lady Maroons fought hard to stay close in the game. Perkins fouled out of the game early in the quarter but that didn’t slow Pulaski down. Brittany Warren got 12 of her 35 points in the fourth. The Lady Maroons came with in three with 20 seconds left in the game. The Lady Lakers had the ball and Pulaski had to foul.

They fouled a girl who at the time was 2/5 for the night, she hit them both to give Russell County a five-point advantage and their final score of 72. Pulaski went to the other end and shot four threes not making any before the clock ran out. The final score was 72-67.

With this loss the Lady Maroons fall to 9-11 on the season. Pulaski will be returning to action on Friday night as they take on district rival Rockcastle County Lady Rockets in the first game of the boy-girl doubleheader. This game is homecoming and also another yellow out in support of Coach Elmore.

“We are down two starters from the beginning of the season,” stated Miller. “We are not going to make excuses, we are still a work and progress and we are continuing to get better each day.”

PC: 15 16 14 22 67

RC: 18 21 18 15 72

Pulaski County: Warren 35, Perkins 10, Jenkins 7, Correll 6, Ingram 5, Brock 3, Davis 1

Russell County: Grider 24, Loy 16, Helm 12, Coffey 12, Cooper 6, Harris 2