By Dan Callahan
An outstanding defensive effort by the Pulaski County girls basketball team in the fourth quarter held Cave Spring to only two points over the final eight minutes of the game, and the Lady Cougars rolled to an 18-point, 61-43 victory. The win pushed the Lady Cougars to 11-8 overall on the season and 5-2 in the River Ridge District. Cave dropped to 0-19 and 0- 7. Pulaski County will host Hidden Valley in a big RRD contest this evening. It will be “Pink Night” at PCHS in the effort to battle women’s breast cancer. The Lady Cougars got off to a quick 9-0 lead in the first two minutes of the game, led 20-13 after one quarter and 41-28 at half. However, the sharpness had gone from the performance and the momentum of the game shifted a bit. A big reason was nine missed layups by Pulaski Co. It got worse in the third quarter as Cave outscored the Lady Cougars, 13-4 and a once commanding lead was down to just four, 45-41 going into the fourth quarter, and the team’s leading scorer Sydney Anderson had six points after just four minutes of play, but had not scored since with no points in the second or third quarter. That changed quickly. Anderson came alive and scored 10 quick points in the fourth quarter, and along with excellent pressure defense by the Lady Cougars all over the court, Cave Spring was simply overpowered. Anderson finished with a game high 16 points, seven rebounds, and seven steals. Deja Taxley and Jordan Chrisley both scored nine points, Hannah Chaffin scored eight points and also had eight rebounds, Alexis McCloud also finished with eight points, and Kelli Duncan scored seven. Taxley led the team with 14 rebounds. The Lady Cougars dominated Cave on the backboards with a 41-22 rebound advantage. “I thought the team played hard,” said Pulaski Co. coach Jason Grubb. “We didn’t always play well, but we played hard. We didn’t play so well during the middle portion of the game, but Sydney came on for us, and our defense picked up. It would have been a lot easier if we had shot the ball better. We missed a ton of layups, but I was happy with our fourth quarter performance. The girls really got after Cave, and put the game away. It’s pretty good when you hold the other team to just two points in a quarter.” And now the stage is set for a game with the RRD’s second place team Hidden Valley at home tonight. “This is a big game for us,” said Grubb. “We’ve played them once and for three and half quarters we were right with them, but to beat a good team it takes four full quarters. I believe the girls can do it. We still have a chance to defend our district championship, our playoff hopes are still good, so we’re looking forward to tonight.” NOTE: Late in the game Lady Cougar Samantha Chaffin became faint on the bench, and required medical attention. “Sam” as she is called by her teammates, had been instrumental in the team’s fourth quarter defensive effort. Since there were only 45.9 seconds remaining on the clock, and the issue very much decided, officials and coaches decided to just call the game at that juncture. At press time, “Sam” was doing fine, and is expected to be at the game this evening. Also Savannah Jones could be available for tonight’s game after missing the last two due to injury, and Lauren Foster should be good to go as well after she suffered a slight concussion during action last week. Junior Varsity action gets underway at 5:30 with the varsity game to follow immediately.