By Rodney Young
SWT Sports Writer
HILLSVILLE—The Pulaski County High School Cougar men cagers traveled to Carroll County Tuesday night and came home victims of a 73-55 loss.
Carroll County jumped out to a 6-0 lead and never looked back, on their way to victory. Never trailing in the contest on the Cavaliers’ home court, the host team was up by nine, 21-12 after the opening quarter.
The Cavaliers took a 42-33 lead into the lockerroom at intermission.
The Cougars were unable to get any closer, as they turned the ball over eights times in the opening three minutes of the third period.
This allowed the Cavaliers to outscore the visitors 22-5 to take a commanding 64-34 lead in the final quarter.
Pulaski County committed 16 turnovers in the second half as the Cavaliers answered all the PCHS defensive pressure.
Five Carroll County players had double digits in the scoring column with West Smoot and Cody Keith leading the way with 13 points each.
Austin Horton, 6-4, tossed in 10, as did 6-5 Connor Lundy and Ryan Gravley.
Pulaski County (1-1) had only one player to score in double figures, that being senior Tyler Frazier with 10.
Phoenix Ramsey came off the bench to add eight points. Matt Greene had five points and four rebounds and Carter Brookman chipped in six points and hauled down three rebounds.
Zach Akers and Lonnie Mattox had three assists each for the Cougars.
“Carroll County played well,” said PCHS Coach Mark Hanks. “They are well coached and area scrappy young team.
“They handled our zone press and we need to do a better job of teaching,” he said.
Coach Hanks added, “Offensively we are going to struggle at times. Our effort was good in the end of the first half and at the end of the game. We were down 26 and fought back to 15.”
The Cougars travel to Wytheville to take on the George Wythe Maroons today and then will play their home opener Friday, hosting the defeneding Group A State Champions Radford Bobcats.
JV action for both games will begin at 6 p.m., tip off with varsity action set for 7:30.
NOTE: The Cougar JVs dropped to 0-2 on the season after losing to the Cavalier JVs 43-39.
Carroll County got 14 points from Blake Dalton and 10 from Dane Shinault.
Marcus Baker led the JV Cougars with 11 points, followed by Malik Eaves with nine, Tyler Blevins, seven, and Gavin Hanks, six.