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February 2, 2014

Lady Maroons escape with ‘W’

Pulaski County survives overtime after holding a third quarter 11-point lead

Somerset — In the midst of a 4-game losing streak, the Pulaski County High School Lady Maroons needed a win.

On Friday night they got that win against district rivals Rockcastle County High School Lady Rockets.

But the win didn’t come easy, as Pulaski downed Rockcastle 62-58 in overtime.

The win was the second victory for the lady Mroons over Rockcastle this season. The first time the Lady Maroons met up with Rockcastle County, the Lady Maroons won by 20 points, 66-44.

“I am proud that we found a way to win,” Coach Tarah Muntz began. “We fought through some adversity, some pressure, we hung on and we did the things that we needed to do to win.”

Pulaski got the lead early in the first quarter thanks to an offensive board and put back by Taryn Davis. McKenzie McCollum also had big opening quarter for the Lady Maroons hitting two threes in the quarter. At the end of the first quarter Pulaski led 15-8.

In the second quarter, Peyton Ingram was spot on from beyond the arc hitting three threes in the quarter. Davis also hit her second three of the night in the period. By the half the Lady Maroons had hit seven three pointers. At the half the score was 33-24.

“We really needed a win after losing four in a row,” Muntz stated. “Getting the win like we, in the environment that we did, and against a district opponent is uplifting for us and we needed that right now.”

In the third quarter Pulaski obtained their largest lead of the game, which was a 11-point lead at 35-24. Despite how well the Lady Maroons shot the three in the first half they only made one three in the second half, Lexie McDonald hit one in the third period. Pulaski came out of the quarter with a nine-point lead, 46-37.

There was only four minutes and thirty seconds left in the game before anyone scored in the fourth quarter, McCollum hit a layup. The Lady Maroons allowed Rockcastle to score 16 points in the quarter and allowed the Lady Rockets to hit two threes late in the game letting them even up the score. In the fourth quarter Pulaski missed seven free throws and shot 3-10 for the period. At the end of regulation the score was 53 all.

In overtime, the Lady Maroons were able to seal the deal only giving up five points. The Lady Rockets were never in control of the lead and only managed to tie the score once in the game. Pulaski won in single overtime 62-58.

“We are doing a good job of sharing the ball and getting people involved on offense,” Muntz remarked. “We are playing very unselfish and we really looked to pass the ball and penetrate and kick. I think that getting everyone involved in the offense will help us be successful now and down the road.”

The Lady Maroons hosted Wayne County on Saturday night and will not be returning home until Thursday, Feb. 13, to play Richmond Model. With this win, Pulaski advances to 13-8 on the season.

PULASKI (13-8) - Davis 18, McCollum 15, Ingram 14, Perkins 6, McDonald 5, Privett 3, Lowery 1.

ROCKCASTLE CO. (4-16) - Saylor 14, Hansel 10, Renner 8, McKinney 6, Coguer 6, Payne 5, Reynolds 4, Albright 3, Kelley 2.

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