By DAVID GRAVELY, SWT Sports Editor
It started out ugly, but by the final minute of the game almost every Cougar fan in the stands was on their feet as the junior varsity Lady Cougar basketball team came from behind to overcome a big first quarter deficit and defeat Carroll County 50-47.
By the end of the first quarter, Pulaski County trailed 18-7 and couldn’t seem to buy a basket. The second quarter was better, with the Lady Cougars only being outscored 13-14 to trail 20-32 at the halftime break.
Things started going downhill from there for the Lady Cavs, as Pulaski County slowly started climbing out of the hole they had dug. They outscored Carroll County 14-9 in the third quarter, bringing the score to 34-41 at the start of the final quarter.
The Lady Cougars then scored the first 4 points of the fourth quarter to get within 3 points of the Lady Cavs. Carroll County didn’t just give up, and expanded the lead to 5 points again quickly. Things stayed that way until a quick burst of scoring from Pulaski moved the score to 44-45 with 1:35 remaining.
The two teams went back and forth until Pulaski County finally took the lead for the first time, 46-45, at the 45 second mark. The lead didn’t last long, as Carroll County tied the game and then took the lead back on two free throws at the 43 second mark. Pulaski County put the ball in play, moved down the court, and hit two consecutive baskets to take the final 50-47 lead.
Amiah Stables and Alexis Phillips led the way for the Lady Cougars on the scoreboard with 12 points each. Taylor Dickerson and Savannah Coffey added 6 points each, and Laney Cox and Helen Counts added 4 points each. Tyanna Haynes scored 3 points, Emily Lane scored 2 points, and Lexy Hurst scored 1 point.
Carroll County was led by Jade Holt with 22 points.
The Lady Cougars recorded 11 steals in the game. They also added 9 defensive rebounds, 6 offensive rebounds, and committed 7 turnovers. Pulaski County saw three players record blocks. Rakia Mattox and Amanda Alley each had one block, and Alexis Phillips had 6 blocks.
With the win the Lady Cougars improve to 10-8 on the season, a vast improvement on the past few seasons and a bright spot for the entire program as they continue to work towards rebuilding.