By DAVID GRAVELY, SWT Sports Editor
The Lady Cougar basketball team apparently had some bad feelings after Saturdays loss to Floyd County, and the Christiansburg Lady Blue Demons got the brunt of those hard feelings in a 68-40 thrashing that could have been much worse.
For the first time this season Pulaski County looked like they were hitting on all cylinders. The defense was smothering, the offense was attacking, and plenty of points were scored in transition.
“We played well tonight,” said Lady Cougar Head Coach Jason Grubb. “We were able to get into a rhythm tonight and run out offense the way we wanted too. Our defense played lights out as well. Kennedi Hart and Moriah Hinton have both been out at least a few games with concussions, and tonight they both got back into form. We had balanced scoring, good passing, and we played tough. This was a good win to lead into our game Friday against Salem.”
Pulaski jumped on top of Christiansburg early and never looked back. After the first quarter ended with Pulaski leading 20-13, the Lady Cougar defense held Christiansburg to just 6 points in the second quarter to take a commanding 40-19 lead into the halftime break.
Rotating key players in and out of the game gave the Lady Cougars a chance to work their bench in the second half, and despite the starters not pushing the issue Pulaski still led 56-29 at the end of the third quarter. The game ended with Pulaski County still working their offense and defense effectively, and with a 68-40 final score.
Meredith Mitchell continued her string of games as the leading scorer with 19 points, including the only 3-pointer of the night. Two other Lady Cougars also broke into double digit scoring. Chelsea Golden and Moriah Hinton each added 11 points to the total. Kennedi Hart and Tianna Crockett added 6 points each, Carlie Clary added 5 points, and Tyra Redd and Maegen Memitt added 4 points each. Candace Alley rounded out the scoring with 2 points.
In other stats of interest, Chelsea Golden led the way in rebounds with 9, followed by Maegen Memmit and Carlie Clary with 6 each. Tianna Crockett and Hart led 4 steals each. The team had 39 rebounds, 17 total steals, 1 block, and 7 assists.
Christiansburg was led by Hunter Stallard with 15 points.
“We need to enjoy this win and let the momentum carry over to our game in Salem Friday,” said Coach Grubb. “We’re getting everybody back to being healthy again. Now we just need to keep getting better.”
The Lady Cougars will be on the road Friday, as they travel to Salem. The JV contest will get underway at 5:30, with the varsity game starting at 7 p.m.