By DAVID GRAVELY, SWT Sports Editor
SALEM – The Lady Cougar basketball team ran into a buzz saw on the road in Salem Friday night, falling to the Lady Spartans by a final score of 61-37.
The loss drops the Lady Cougars to 3-11 on the season and 2-5 in district play. Salem moves to 9-3 overall and 5-1 in district action.
The Lady Spartans took an early 16-10 lead at the end of the first quarter, and then outscored Pulaski County 11-10 in the second quarter to lead 27-20 going into the halftime break.
The Lady Cougars fell deeper into the hole in the third quarter, with Salem holding them to just 7 points while adding 13 to their own total.
Up 40-27 heading into the final quarter, the Lady Spartans exploded for 21 points, while Pulaski could only score 10 points. Difficulty hitting layups and free throws cost the Lady Cougars throughout the game.
A tough Salem defense held Pulaski County in check throughout most of the game, but there was at least one bright spot for the night. Chelsea Golden led the way for Pulaski with 15 points, including three much needed 3-pointers. Carlie Clary and Meredith Mitchell added 4 points each, while Tianna Crockett, Maegen Memitt, and Rachael Greer added 3 points each. Kennedi Hart and Tyra Redd added 2 points each, and Moriah Hinton added 1 point.
Salem was led by Maddie Price with 15 points, followed by Hannah Coulling with 14 points.
In JV action the Lady Cougars fell by a final score of 46-32.
Pulaski only trailed 11-8 at the end of the first quarter, and then found themselves behind 27-19 at the halftime break. Salem outscored Pulaski 8-1 in the third quarter to lead 35-20. Pulaski County did manage to outscore Salem 12-11 in the final quarter.
Savannah Coffey led the Lady Cougars with 17 points. Allison Caudill added 4 points, and Courtney Stone and Amanda Alley added 3 points each. Lexy Hurst and Laney Cox added 2 points each, and Rakia Mattox scored 1 point.
The Lady Cougars will get two home games next week, starting with Patrick Henry on Tuesday. Hidden Valley will come calling on Friday. For all games the JV action will get underway at 5:30, followed by the varsity games at 7 p.m.