By DAVID GRAVELY, SWT Sports Editor
The Lady Cougar basketball team has been taking steps in the right direction recently, and despite the fact that the wins have been hard to come by the team has continued to show sparks and improve.
Monday saw them take another step, as they defeated the visiting Galax Maroon Tide by a final score of 53-47. The win moves Pulaski County to 5-13 overall and 3-7 in district play.
The score was not always kind to the Lady Cougars. At several points throughout the contest, Galax led by as many as 9 to 11 points. Pulaski County kept plugging along though, and they kept trying. Suddenly they would go from 10 points down to just a single point behind, and then they would swap the lead back and forth for several minutes.
A quick scoring spurt at the end of the first quarter lifted the Lady Cougars out of a hole, and as the time expired they were up 14-13.
The second quarter was even tighter than the first, but suddenly the Lady Cougars found some offense. The half ended with Pulaski County leading 26-22.
The Lady Cougars fell behind in the early parts of the third quarter, but once again were able to mount a comeback. By the end of the third quarter, the score was tight again, and Pulaski had tied the score at 37-37.
Good free throw shooting helped seal the deal for the Lady Cougars, as the team combined to hit 81 percent of their shots. As the final quarter rolled on, Pulaski County slowly built a small lead and held on down the stretch to earn the win.
Meredith Mitchell led the Lady Cougars in scoring with 16 points. Chelsea Golden continues to be solid, adding 14 points and 2 assists. Carlie Clary backed that up with 8 points and an assist. Maegan Memitt added 7 points, an assist and 2 steals, but her defensive performance helped lock down one of the best players on the Galax roster, holding her to just 1 point. Kennedi Hart added 4 points and an assist, and Rachael Greer also scored 4 points.
“We made some good decisions on the court tonight,” said Lady Cougar Head Coach Jason Grubb. “Maegan did a great job on defense for us, and everybody seemed to communicate better tonight on the floor. We shot our free throws very effectively. I thought we played a solid, physical game tonight.”
The Lady Cougars will go right back into action tonight when they host the Carroll County Cavaliers. JV action will get underway at 5:30, with the varsity game starting at 7 p.m.