“We did just enough of what we needed to do to get the job done.”
Those were the words of relieved Lady Cougar Head Coach Jason Grubb following his teams 53-47 win over the Patrick Henry Lady Patriots Monday night.
While the final score was only a six point difference, Pulaski County could have finished the game out much sooner had it not been for what is quickly becoming known as the “third quarter curse.” The Lady Cougars won every quarter tonight except for the third, which is something that has become a bad habit.
The first quarter started off slow for both teams, but by the buzzer the Lady Cougars held a 9-7 advantage.
The second quarter saw Pulaski County continue to move the ball around well, and several big 3-pointers from Chelsea Golden kept the Lady Cougars ahead of the athletic Patrick Henry squad. Trouble under the basket, mainly making layups and securing rebounds in traffic, kept Pulaski from gaining a larger advantage. The final seconds of the first half saw the Lady Cougars steal the ball and get it to an open Meredith Mitchell, who nailed a last second 3-pointer to send Pulaski to the locker room up 27-19.
And then the third quarter started.
Missed layups, bad passes, missed open jumpers, and turnovers by the Lady Cougars allowed Patrick Henry to slowly claw their way back into the game. The Lady Patriots outscored Pulaski 15-9 in the third quarter to get within two points, 36-34.
Fortunately for the Lady Cougars, the third quarter ended. Solid play under the basket by Carlie Clary and good ball movement allowed Pulaski to outscore the Lady Patriots 17-13 to earn the 53-47 win.
Meredith Mitchell finished the game with 17 points to lead all scorers. Carlie Clary finished with a double-double, with 14 points and 11 rebounds, hitting 8 of 10 shots from the charity stripe. Chelsea Golden added 12 points on the strength of 4 3-point shots, along with 6 rebounds. Tianna Crockett scored 4 points and earned 5 rebounds. Rachael Greer, Candace Alley, and Moriah Hinton added 2 points each. Kennedi Hart didn’t make it into the scoring column in this game, but the solid senior did add 5 steals.
Patrick Henry was led by Alize’ Jones with 10 points.
In junior varsity action, the Lady Cougars dropped their first game in many nights, falling by a score of 49-45.
The younger Lady Cougars had several chances to take the win, but troubles at the free throw line ended up being a deciding factor. Pulaski County, which usually does well from the free throw line, only hit 15 of 43 free throws in the contest.
Alexis Phillips led the Lady Cougars with 12 points and 4 blocks. Savannah Coffey backed her up with 11 points. Helen Counts continued to show improvement, adding 8 points and 6 blocked shots. Amiah Stables also added 8 points. Lexy Hurst, Rakia Mattox, and Tyanna Haynes added 2 points each. Laney Cox and Hanes also had one blocked shot each.
The team had 10 steals, 5 deflections, and 18 defensive rebounds.
Patrick Henry was led by Dasmine Kasey with 14 points and Marle King with 9 points.
The Lady Cougars will be back in action tonight as they host Salem. JV action is set to begin at 5:30, with the varsity contest getting underway at 7 p.m.