By HEATHER BOATMAN, CJ Correspondent
On Tuesday night the Lion's roar was worse than it's bite as the Maroons came out of the game king of the jungle winning 97-70 over Garrard. Senior Kody Johnson scored a game high of 32 points in contribution to the win for Pulaski.
This was an emotional night for the Maroons fans as they said good-bye to five seniors and watched them play their last game at Pulaski. The seniors are Johnson, Taylor Gover, Spencer Laign, Henry Lorman, and Tyler Goins. This senior class is hoping to have two 2,000-point club members, a 1,000-point club member, four district titles, and a region title to end their final rein as Maroons.
“This was an emotional night, this senior class is probably on of the best that have come through Pulaski County,” stated Coach Al Gover. “This group has accomplished a lot with winning three district titles and hopefully getting a fourth.”
In the first quarter Pulaski got a slow start allowing the Lions hang on closely throughout the period. Pulaski hit three big shots from outside the perimeter in the opening quarter to help give them a one-point lead heading into the second. The Maroons led 23-22 after one period of play.
“Overall we played good enough to win,” began Coach Gover. “Our effort and energy through the first quarter was pretty bad, we didn’t come out ready to go.”
In the second quarter the Maroons came out and jumped to a 12-2 run over the Lions. Johnson scored 14 points in this quarter nailing a three right as the half ended. Pulaski went into halftime with a 17-point cushion.
“Early on we gave up to many easy baskets and didn’t guard people like we should have,” Coach Gover stated. “Hopefully we can fix that and come out ready to play next game.”
In the third quarter the Maroons came out of the break shooting the ball extremely well increasing their lead to thirty at one point. Lorman knocked down the three to give them that big of a lead. Pulaski led by 26 at the end of the third, 83-57.
In the fourth quarter the seniors only played the first couple minutes enjoying what was their last win on their home court. Lorman hit another three just before being taken out. The Maroons won by 27, 97-70.
With this win Pulaski’s season record improves to 19-5. The Maroons will be in action on Friday night playing Southwestern at the Wigwam. This is the third time these two teams have met this season and Pulaski has come away with a win in both matchups.
“We don’t do anything different to prepare for Southwestern its just a regular season game,” stated Coach Gover. “We have had success against them just playing like we normally do, we will see if we need to change anything during the game.”
GC: 22 35 57 70
PC: 23 52 83 97
Garrard County: Sebastian 20, Jessie Ray 16, Clayton Ray 11, Abney 11, Smith 5, Teague 4, Crutchfield 3
Pulaski County: Johnson 32, Gover 15, Burton 11, Lorman 9, Goins 8, Laign 8, Hall 6, Ross 2, Helton 2, Baker 2, Gregory 2