In Kentucky high school basketball it doesn’t really matter what you do in January, but what you do in March.

Despite be garnered as the lowest seed in the upcoming District 47 girls basketball tournament, the Pulaski County Lady Maroons are playing their best basketball of the season in mid-February as they downed East Jessamine 66-51.

Pulaski seems to be peaking at the right time of the season and Pulaski coach Larry Hurt’s brand of winning basketball is slowing beginning to surface with this group of girls.

“We are doing a lot of things better right now than we did just a few games ago,” Hurt said. “We had two or three spells where we didn’t get on the boards, but I like our intensity right now.”

With East Jessamine leading 7-5 with 4:50 remaining in the first quarter, Jessica Randolph hit a 10-footer in the lane, Nikki Branscum bombed a three-pointer, followed by a Randolph trey and a Randolph inside jump shot. The Lady Maroons’ 10-0 run gave them a comfortable lead that they would not relinquish for the rest of the contest.

However, East Jessamine made a run late in the first quarter and in the opening of the second quarter to get within two points. But the Lady Maroons went on a 19-5 run to end the half leading 34-18.

The Lady Maroons got strong play from a host of players as four Lady Maroons scored in double figures for the game. Chasiti Wesley lead all scorers with 17 points, Randolph scored 14 points, Whitney Cash scored 12 points and Nikki Branscum scored 10 points. The Lady Maroons had six three-pointers for the game.

“We are preparing every game as if it was the district tournament,” Hurt said. “Every player played hard to night and we have to have everyone playing hard the entire game, because we don’t have those dominating players.”

“I was really pleased with Nikki Branscum play tonight,” Hurt said. “She took some good shots and we need her to play with the reckless abandonment like she did tonight.”

With the win, Pulaski ups their record to 11-12 and have won their last four games. Pulaski will travel to Boyle County on Monday, Feb. 20.



EJ 11 7 15 18 — 51

PC 15 19 14 18 — 66



East Jessamine (7-14) — Ford 14, Mack 12, Willoughby 10, Miller 8, Baker 6, Richardson 1.

Pulaski County (11-12) — Randolph 17, Randolph 14, Cash 12, Branscum 10, Hunt 3, Holman 3, Hargis 3, Goldson 3, Taylor 1.

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