Twenty- five years ago, Lady Maroons’ coach Larry Hurt guided his Pulaski team from the district tournament all the way to the state title at EKU’s McBrayer Arena.

This year’s Lady Maroons probably won’t make that kind of run this year, but all the same, the veteran coach has the same nervous anticipation prior to post-season tournament action.

“The butterflies will still be there when we tip-off and there will be a lot of late nights watching game films,” Hurt said. “Yeah, it’s pretty exciting.”

The Lady Maroons find themselves as the fourth seed in a strong 47th District Tournament. But Pulaski can’t be overlooked as they have been improving with every game.

“We’re getting better with every game, but unfortunately time is running out,” Hurt said. “We’ve got to get better in a hurry.”

The Lady Maroons need to get better by Wednesday, March 1, when they take on two-time 13 Region Champs Rockcastle Lady Rockets in the first round of the 47th District Tournament at Casey County High School.

Pulaski fell to the Lady Rockets in both their regular season meetings by scores of 59-49 and 52-47. In the two teams’ last meeting, Pulaski post player Whitney Cash exploded for a career-high 30 points.

“Whitney had a great game against Rock in our last game, but we are going to have a complete team effort,” Hurt said. “I need eight people to contribute in this game.”

Pulaski has several offensive weapons in Cash, Chasiti Wesley, Jessica Randolph, Lauren Taylor and Amanda Hunt, but getting all of these scorers to contribute in the same game is something Hurt is looking for to win against Rockcastle County.

“Rockcastle County is a good team, they have good personnel and they play hard,” Hurt said. “Rockcastle County has a tradition of winning like we us to have.”

“The pressure is going to be on Rockcastle to win this game,” Hurt said. “We have nothing to lose and we are playing to upset.”

For an upset to take place, Pulaski must contain Ashley Lunsford and Sarah Rowe, but the Lady Rockets are strong at every position on the floor.

“Rowe and Lunsford are their two best players, but they have a potential scorer at every position,” Hurt said.

Pulaski’s K.K. Holman has been the most improved player on the Lady Maroon squad with her point guard play and Hurt will look to her to make things happen for his team.

“K.K. has improved tremendously over the last 7 or 8 games,” Hurt said. “We will need her to take care of the ball for us and run our offense against Rockcastle.”

“As a team, we need to shoot better and we can’t allow Rockcastle to get stick-backs on their offensive board,” Hurt commented.

A post-season run as the likes of 1981 will not be in the cards for this year’s Lady Maroons, but a win over Rockcastle County could be the first step in Pulaski’s quest to rebuilding that winning basketball tradition.

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