COLUMBIA — The Pulaski County Lady Maroons picked up their seventh win of the season last night on the road, downing the Adair County Lady Indians by a final count of 52-49.

“I think that this team is finally starting to develop a will to win,” said a pleased Pulaski County head coach Larry Hurt.

“We got out to a great start tonight, and this was probably the best first quarter we have played all season,” Hurt added.

Indeed Pulaski did get off to a great start. Pulaski’s Jessica Randolph and Amanda Hunt nailed two quick three’s as the first stanza got under way and the Maroons were off and rolling. With just seconds left in the first quarter, Pulaski point guard K.K. Holman tracked down a loose ball and threw up a three-pointer from about 30 feet away that found the nylon. After Holman’s buzzer-beating three-pointer, Pulaski held a 14-6 lead after the first period.

However, the Lady Indians came storming back with swarming defense. Due to numerous Pulaski turnovers, the Lady Maroons went through over a four minute stretch in the second quarter without a basket.

Meanwhile the Lady Indians found the offense that was missing from their game in the first quarter. After a couple of three’s from Adair County’s Laura Walker, and Brook Shelton the Lady Indians cut the Pulaski lead to 30-26 before heading into intermission.

Pulaski and Adair traded baskets for most of the third quarter, but the Lady Indians capitalized on a Pulaski defensive break down. With 3:30 left to play in the third period, Pulaski failed to find Adair County’s Brook Shelton who made good on a wide open three. Shelton’s three-pointer enabled the Lady Indians to take their first lead of the game at 35-34.

However, the Lady Maroons were not going to be denied. On the very next trip, Pulaski Jessica Randolph made her second three-pointer of the contest, allowing her Maroons to retake the lead at 37-35. After a K.K. Holman jumper, and Jessica Randolph freethrow, the Maroons held a 40-37 edge as the third stanza came to an end.

Although Adair County had cut the Maroons’ lead to just three points, the fourth quarter would belong to the Lady Maroons and Whitney Cash. Whitney “cashed” in on the offensive end of the floor over and over again to keep the winning hopes of the Maroons alive.

Seemingly every time that Adair County scored, Cash was right there at the other end to answer with a basket of her own. With just seven seconds left to play in the game, Adair County’s Chene Smith scored from the post, cutting the Pulaski lead to 50-49.

Ironically enough Adair County fouled Whitney Cash, who lived up to her name cashing in on both freethrow attempts. After both Cash’s charity tosses landed in the bottom of the net, the Lady Maroons walked off the Adair County floor with a 52-49 win.

Adair County seemed to have no answer for the Lady Maroons balanced scoring attack. Nine different Pulaski players inked their name into the scoring column. Pulaski’s Whitney Cash, and Jessica Randolph combined for a team high 10 points each, while Chasiti Wesley and K.K. Holman added eight points apiece.

However, Cash also went to work on the glass pulling down 11 boards on the night, giving her a double-double on the evening.

“We are always trying to get the ball to Whitney (Cash), because she is able to score over people,” said Hurt.

“Whitney (Cash) played a great game tonight, but K.K. Holman and the rest of our guards did a great job of handling the pressure and getting the ball where it needed to go. We also came up with some big defensive rebounds, and got some key stops down the stretch on defense,” added Hurt.

The Maroons did get some key defensive stops. Three of those came in the form of huge blocked shots from Chasiti Wesley, but the Maroons also forced Adair County into five turnovers in the last two minutes of the game. In the end it was some big shots and key defensive stops down the stretch that gave Pulaski the three-point win.

With the win the Lady Maroons improve to 7-11, but will be back in action Friday, Feb. 3 when they travel to Rockcastle to take on the Lady Rockets with tip-off scheduled for 7:30



SCORING SUMMARY

PC 14 16 10 12—52

AC 6 20 11 12—49



INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

SCORING

PC—Cash 10, Randolph 10, Wesley 8, Holman 8, Hunt 5, Taylor 4, Branscum 3, Hargis 2, Cable 2.

AC—Shelton 11, Vanarsdale 10, Smith 6, Walker 5, Ezel 4, Moore 4, Peck 3, Feese 2.



REBOUNDING

PC—Cash 11, Holman 4, Randolph 3, Hunt 3, Branscum 2, Taylor 2, Wesley 1, Hargis 1.

AC—Vanarsdale 8, Smith 4, Shelton 3, Luckey 2, Feese 1, Peck 1, Breeding 1, Ezel 1, Moore 1.

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