DUBLIN–After splitting its first two games of the Dublin Preseason Invitational Tournament this past week, downing Christiansburg, but falling to Blacksburg, Pulaski Middle posted a 1-3 mark on Saturday in the final day of action.
The Orioles started the day off with a 39-34 victory over Floyd. After one quarter of play, the score was tied 11-11, but Pulaski managed to grab a one-basket lead, 23-21 at the break.
Candace Alley led the Orioles with 14 points. Morgan Midkiff and Kendra Hudson each chipped in six, Amanda Alley and Caitie Cox each dropped in four, Sarah Gregory three, and Erica Seagle two for the Orioles.
Pulaski was a 15-for-27, 56 percent, from the free throw line and led 34-27 at the end of the third quarter.
The Orioles faced Radford in their second game of the day in a close battle that came down to the final 1:47 when Radford tied the score at 27-27.
With 1:20 remaining, Midkiff fouled out of the contest and Radford hit one of two charity shots to take a 28-27 advantage. Gregory would foul out of the game with :54 remaining and again Radford made just one of two free throws for a 29-27 lead.
Pulaski missed an open lay up that would have tied the contest, but Radford came down with the rebound. However, Radford turned the ball over on its trip down the court. Pulaski returned the favor on the in-bounds pass and with :28 seconds left in the game, Pulaski was called for a foul. Radford sank two foul shots for the final margin of victory.
Candace Alley poured in 13 points. Midkiff sank six, while Hudson and Cox each scored four. The Orioles were 11-for-43 from the floor and 5-for-14 from the line. Radford was 10-for-36 from the field and 10-for-21 from the foul line.
The final game of the tournament saw Pulaski and Dublin face off in what many thought would be a close contest.
However, Dublin jumped out to an early lead and never looked back on its way to a 49-18 victory. The Dukes led 18-0 after one quarter of action.
At the break, Dublin was up 26-8 and with one quarter left to play, the Dukes held a 36-15 advantage.
Midkiff tallied 10 points, while Cox and Amanda Dean each added four. Meredith Mitchell led Dublin with a game-high 23 points.
“Meredith did a great job of picking off our passes. We didn’t rebound very well and when we did, we threw the ball away. We have to fix our turnovers, passing, and rebounding before our next game,” said Oriole assistant coach Tony Viars.
Carroll County remained undefeated during the tournament to take home top honors.
Pulaski opened the regular season on Tuesday when they hosted Andrew Lewis at 5 p.m.