ROANOKE – The first quarter saw the Lady Cougars fall behind, and despite a better second quarter the task was too great for Pulaski County as they fell to William Fleming 79-37.
The Lady Colonels not only provided fans with an offensive explosion, but held Pulaski County leading scorer Meredith Mitchell to just 3 points for the night.
Down 17-5 at the end of the first quarter, Pulaski County rallied to outscore William Fleming 17-11 in the second quarter to trail 28-22 at the half.
As has been the case in many games this season, the third quarter was the undoing for Pulaski County. William Fleming outscored the Lady Cougars 36-5 to take a commanding 74-27 lead heading into the final quarter.
Chelsea Golden led the Lady Cougars in scoring with 10 points. Maegen Memitt backed her up with 8 points. Rachael Greer and Tianna Crockett added 4 points each. Moriah Hinton, Meredith Mitchell, and Carlie Clary added 3 points each, and Tyra Redd scored 2 points.
Gracie Doane led William Fleming with 18 points, including 4 of the Lady Colonels nine 3-pointers.
Another big factor in the game was turnovers, as the Lady Cougars committed 28 turnovers. The Lady Cougars were also out rebounded by William Fleming 47-32.
“The girls came out focused and ready to play in the first half,” said Lady Cougar Head Coach Jason Grubb. “They should be proud of their season, as they improved greatly since last year. Our seniors provided leadership before and during the season, and our hard work paid off. We can only hope that this off season will be as productive and beneficial as the last one was.”
The Lady Cougars will now start to refocus and get ready for next season. While they will certainly miss seniors Clary, Memitt, Redd, and Kennedi Hart next year, the table certainly seems to be set for a solid season. With Golden, Mitchell, Hinton, Crockett, Ania Austin, Candace Alley and Greer already in place to provide a solid starting core, the addition of players from a solid JV team should provide the Lady Cougars with depth. Pulaski County will find themselves in a unique situation, with a good number of both guards and taller inside players to rotate into the lineup.
William Fleming will advance to the second round of the Conference 24 playoffs, hosting Bassett on Thursday.