Eight seconds at the end of the second quarter and just over two minutes in the third quarter saw the Lady Titans of Hidden Valley break a dead even game open just enough to earn a 68-56 win over the home standing Lady Cougars Friday night.
With the score knotted up at 13-13 at the end of the first quarter, Pulaski County was doing everything right to keep pace with Hidden Valley, and at times the lead bounced back and forth as the two teams traded baskets.
Hidden Valley took a one point lead with under 30 seconds remaining, and Pulaski drove the ball down the court hoping to bounce back. A pass went over a Pulaski players hands and into the waiting arms of a Hidden Valley player, and as the final seconds ticked off the clock the Lady Titans were able to hit a long 3-pointer to lead 28-24 at the halftime break.
The first two minutes of the third quarter saw Hidden Valley go on an 8-point run to take a commanding lead. Pulaski County didn’t pack it in, but by the end of the quarter they had been outscored 24-17 and were trailing 52-41.
The final quarter saw Hidden Valley outscore Pulaski by one point, 16-15, to earn the 68-56 win.
Meredith Mitchell led the Lady Cougars in scoring with 17 points. Chelsea Golden was the only other Lady Cougar in double figures with 10 points. Kennedi Hart had a good night, scoring 9 points and also tying Mitchell for the lead in rebounds with 7 each. Carlie Clary scored 7 points, Candace Alley scored 6 points, and Maegen Memitt scored 5 points. Rachael Greer rounded out the scoring for Pulaski with 2 points.
Drew Freeland and Senia Garay led the Lady Titans with 21 points each. Hailey Singleton added 14 points.
The Lady Cougars will be back in action next week with a Tuesday game at home against Blacksburg, and then a Friday game on the road against Cave Spring. JV action both nights gets underway at 5:30, with the varsity game starting at 7 p.m.