By DOUG EADS, CJ Correspondent
The streak is over.
After approximately eight years and 10 months, the Pulaski County Lady Maroons did something on Friday night that hadn’t been done since way back on February 21, 2004 — defeat the Casey County Lady Rebels.
PC’s Brittany Warren led everybody with a game-high 26 points, while Haley Warren chipped in with 15, as Brian Miller’s club snapped a 17-game losing streak to Casey County with an impressive, 55-48 victory.
“We’re excited about breaking the streak, but we’ve still got to make free throws,” lamented Miller, after watching his club struggle once again from the charity stripe hitting on only 14 of 26 attempts.
“It was a great win — our program is still growing, but we’re getting close to where we want to be,” added the Lady Maroons coach. “We still want to win our first district championship in a long time, and have a shot at the region. This win tonight over Casey was a big step in that direction.”
The game saw one tie and six lead changes in the first half, but thanks to a modest spurt by the Lady Maroons late in the first half, it was Pulaski County pulling out to a 34-26 lead at the break.
And, it was Haley and Brittany Warren that led the charge to the front for PC.
Haley Warren drained three treys in the opening half of play, scoring 12 points in the first half, while her sister Brittany Warren led PC with 13 points at the break.
Meanwhile, Casey County’s Katie Douglas helped keep her club close with 13 first half points, however the Lady Maroons forced the visitors into 11 first half turnovers, while outrebounding Randy Salyers’ club by a 23-13 margin, helping Miller and company race out to the eight-point bulge at the half.
“I thought tonight was the first night all year long that we played as a team,” pointed out the PC coach.
“Everybody that we put in the game tonight came in and did something positive, and our young kids didn’t look as nervous as they did in our first few games,” Miller added. “That’s a good thing for us going into our game next Monday night and then the Berea Christmas Tournament next weekend.”
Leading the Lady Rebels by that 34-26 margin at the intermission, Pulaski County looked to have iced this one early in the third period, thanks to back to back three-pointers by Taylor Brock and Brittany Warren, that gave the Lady Maroons their biggest lead of the night at 40-26 over the Lady Rebels.
However, there would be no quit in Casey County.
Behind Sarah Beard, Lakken Miller, and Douglas, the Lady Rebels made a nice comeback, eventually trimming the deficit down to five points late in the game, 51-46.
However, Brittany Warren connected on both ends of a one and one late, helping Pulaski County notch its first victory over Casey County in almost nine years.
More importantly, thanks to Friday night’s win over Casey County, the Lady Maroons moved to 1-0 in district play and to 2-2 overall.
“We want to continue to get better, and we’ve got a lot of things we need to fix,” Miller stated.
“We’ve not done a good job early in the season of taking care of the ball or stepping up to the line and making free throws, but those are things we can fix,” said Miller.
Pulaski County — 2-2 on the season — will return to action tomorrow night on the road at Monticello to face the Lady Trojans, before taking part in the Berea Christmas Tournament next weekend.
CC — 18 8 9 13 — 48
PC — 18 16 10 11 — 55
CASEY CO. — Douglas 18, Cochran 11, Miller 6, Beard 5, Johnson 4, Terry 4.
PULASKI CO. — B. Warren 26, H. Warren 15, Correll 7, Brock 3, Ingram 2, West 1, Jenkins 1.