By DOUG EADS, CJ Correspondent
On a night when the stands were flooded with ‘Yellow’, the action on the hardwood was all ‘Maroon’.
The Pulaski County Maroons returned to action on Tuesday night at home to face one of the top teams in the 4th Region — Russell County — on a night when Al Gover’s club wore yellow socks and warmed up wearing Yellow T-shirts.
The Maroons donned the color Yellow to honor Pulaski County High School Athletic Director Randy Elmore as he continues his battle with the dreaded disease of cancer.
While the visiting Lakers also wore Yellow T-shirts during the pregame warmups, on the court, this one was all PC.
Kody Johnson scored 21 of his game-high 29 points in the first half, while Tyler Goins pitched in with 24 points and Taylor Gover added 18, helping PC bounce back from last week’s disappointing loss at Wayne County with an impressive, 80-68 win over the visiting Lakers.
“I thought we came out very crisp and looked very sharp tonight,” stated Pulaski County head coach Al Gover, who saw his club improve to 16-4 on the season with the victory.
“We were moving the ball really well, and I thought everybody did a very good job of distributing the ball,” continued the PC coach. “I thought — especially in the first half — that Taylor (Gover) and (Tyler) Goins did a very good job of finding the open man, and then Kody (Johnson) did a very nice job of knocking down some shots in the first half.”
Indeed, Pulaski’s three seniors of Kody Johnson, Tyler Goins, and Taylor Gover proved to be too much for Russell County — a Laker team that even with Tuesday’s loss to the Maroons still owns the best record in the 4th Region at 15-4.
Pulaski’s ‘Three Amigo’s’ accounted for 71 of the Maroons 80 points in the win, but early on, it was the Lakers that stayed right with Gover’s club.
Early on, this contest featured three ties and five lead changes, but a pair of treys by Johnson in the first stanza helped Pulaski extend its lead out to 23-16 after one quarter of play.
“That was a very good opponent we just beat,” stated a very happy PC coach after the game. “Russell County is a very good team and they’re very well coached. The (Nick) Coffey kid they have down on the low blocks is just a load, and is such a great player for them on the inside.”
“Any time you can beat a Russell County, you’ve done something,” Gover added. “I thought we played pretty well tonight except our rebounding at times, which was not what it should have been. We’re capable of rebounding the ball much better than we did tonight, and we’ll correct that at practice over the next few days.”
Thanks to Johnson’s big first half, Pulaski County ran its lead out to 42-33 at the half, and eventually built the lead up to as much as 17 points after the intermission.
As Gover stated, about the only thing PC didn’t do well was on the backboards, where the Lakers outrebounded the Maroons by a 37-26 margin.
However, the Maroons more than atoned for that stat, playing with an edge and a sense of urgency in Tuesday’s victory coming off that loss to Wayne County last week which snapped the Maroons’ nine-game winning streak.
“I thought our three seniors played really well tonight,” said Gover. “Offensively, they were just hard to stop.”
Pulaski County — now 16-4 on the season — will return to action tomorrow night with a home against district foe Rockcastle County.
That game is set to tip off at 7:30 p.m.
RC — 16 17 14 21 — 68
PC — 23 19 19 19 — 80
RUSSELL CO. — Coffey 19, Robertson 17, Mann 14, Ellis 12, Turner 4, Bertram 2.
PULASKI CO. — Johnson 29, Goins 24, Gover 18, Laign 8, Burton 1.