By Rodney Young
SWT Sports Writer
WYTHEVILLE—The Pulaski County High School Cougars traveled west on I-81 to face the George Wythe Maroons Thursday and came up three points shy in a 65-62 loss.
PCHS fell behind by 15, 29-14, early in the second quarter and fought back the remainder of the game, but came up three points short ass the final buzzer sounded.
The Cougars came back to within seven, at 37-30, at halftime and was down by three, 48-45, going into the fourth quarter.
The opening period saw the Runnin’ Roons outscore the Cougars 19 to 12 while the visitors turned the ball over 21 times.
“It’s some bad ball handling, but is mostly bad decision making on our part,” said a dejected Cougar coach Mark Hanks.
He added, “We didn’t reverse the ball offensively and the Lester kid (Hardy) altered some shots inside for them.”
Pulaski County stayed close the entire fourth quarter as junior Zack Akers hit three big three-pointers and junior Dominic Morris also sank a three-pointer as he scored five points in the quarter.
Akers was leading scorer for the Cougars (1-2) with 14 points. Morris finished with 11, nine coming in the second half.
Senior Tyler Frazier chipped in with eight points; senior Phoenix Ramsey pulled down 10 rebounds and added five points off the bench.
The George Wythe Maroons (1-0) got 15 points from Isaac Baltazer, 11 from Rhodes Kline and 12 from Myron Wysor.
Coach Hanks said, ”We are a work in progress. We need to focus and work through some issues.”
The Cougar JVs won their fist game of the young season with a 43-21 trouncing of the little Maroons.
Tyler Blevins led the young Cougars (1-2) with 10 points. Mike Evans and Gavin Hanks each had seven points, with Cam Marchant and Marcus Burkes chipping in five a piece.
The Maroons got eight points from Jordan Byrd with Travis Hedgepeth adding five.
The Cougars play the Maroons again Tuesday night, at the Cougar Den.
JV action tips off at 6 pm., with varsity play following at 7:30.
Today, Friday, the Cougars host the defending state chamipons Galax Maroon Tide at 6 and 7:30 p.m. at PCHS.