Cougar season comes to an end against Cavs

1507695_833826586643721_310471498_nBy Rodney Young, SWT Sports Writer

Hillsville – Basketball is a game of runs, and sometimes the last run is the most important one.

The Pulaski County Cougars basketball run and season came to an end Tuesday evening as they lost to the Carroll County Cavaliers 57-51.

Up 41-37 with 5: 40 left in the game the Cougars also had the ball, but missed a shot and then the Cavaliers would go on an 11-0 run to go up  48-41 with 3:05 remaining.  That was enough to give them a working margin that the Cougars couldn’t overcome.

The Cougars would cut the margin down to 3-points a few times.  With the score 54-51 in favor of the Cavaliers, the Cougars got the ball on a turnover and Coach Hanks called a timeout.  Pulaski County would work the ball around the permitter, but missed a five footer with 25 seconds to go.  The Cavaliers would then get a huge bucket from Cody Keith to put the game and the Cougar season away.

“We didn’t perform at a high level late in the game and it cost us,” said a dejected Cougar head coach Mark Hanks.   “Beamer and Lundy are tough and they handle the ball well. We weren’t holding onto the ball when I called a timeout and we had the ball and down three. I wanted a good shot so we could cut it one.  We still had enough time.  It didn’t work out for us though.”

“I want to say what a pleasure its been to coach seniors Lonnie Mattox and Marcus Johnston these last three years,” said Hanks.  “They both performed well tonight.  We have improved this season as a team.  The big thing is we still lack the discipline in practice that will carry us over into the games.  Our practice habits must improve, we need to get better at that.  When I came back a couple years ago we were just trying to survive, and tonight we came very close to advancing in the playoffs.”

The Cougars (11-11) got 17 points from senior Lonnie Mattox and Cam Merchant finished with 10 points.  Senior Marcus Johnston had 8 points and 8 rebounds.

Carroll County (17-5) got 18 points from Gunnar Beamer and Connor Lundy scored 12 points.  They will now host the E.C. Glass Hilltoppers as they advance on in the Conference 24 playoffs.

For the Cougars it’s a disappointing ending, but this squad has come a long way. They won more games this season than the two previous teams did combined.  They halted a district losing streak, as well as the streak of not winning against double AA schools.  They had a winning streak that stretched to five games. the first time in two years that has  happened.

It is a disappointing ending, but this team and the Cougar JV team has given hope for better things ahead.  They won more district games this season than the previous two years combined.

This team wanted to play.

PC  10   11   16   14 – 51

CC  14   13   8     22 – 57



Eaves 6, Mattox 17, Merchant 10, Hickman 2, Johnston 8, Garcia 6, Burks 2.



Shinault 2, Beamer 18, Lundy 12, Keith 8, Giles 8, Dalton 7, Reece 2.


3-point-goals — Pulaski County 4 (Mattox, Merchant, Garcia 2), Carroll County 5 (Beamer 2, Giles, Dalton 2).



9 Responses to Cougar season comes to an end against Cavs

  1. bob

    February 20, 2014 at 9:50 am

    Now the talented basketball athletes can run track for Coach Sirak, who was just hired after the firing of the head x-c and indoor track coach! There is a lot of speed and power on the basketball squad and Sirak is the coach that can bring the glory back to Pulaski County track & field. Hopefully, the Southwest Times will cover it like they did last outdoor season.

    • Editor

      February 20, 2014 at 10:36 am

      Editors Note:

      I spoke with Coach Sirak last night and we are excited about his return. Looking forward to covering his teams. He was always great about helping us get coverage of the track and field and cross country athletes out there.

      David Gravely
      Sports Editor

  2. Mary

    February 20, 2014 at 10:59 am

    Sirak is back!?!?!!!!!! Finally, a coach that has the knowledge to coach my daughter and others that want to excel in track and field! It was a mistake to let him go the first time. The last coach almost destroyed the Cougar running program single handedly!

  3. track&field#1

    February 20, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Awesome news for track fans! Who will be writing the articles? Our family really enjoyed last year’s track articles, especially covering the seniors and where they were going with their talents after graduation. We sure would love to know how Sydney and Tara are doing.

    • Editor

      February 20, 2014 at 11:56 am

      Editors Note:

      As of right now, we plan to have former Cougar football player and track and field athlete Austin Eads covering track and field. Austin has been writing for us for a few months now and brings an excitement and love of Pulaski County High School to the table. We’re looking forward to all of the spring sports this year.

      David Gravely
      Sports Editor

  4. Helen

    February 20, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    Perhaps you could do an article about Sirak and the track program.

    • Editor

      February 20, 2014 at 4:31 pm

      Editors Note:

      Already in the works.

      David Gravely
      Sports Editor

  5. PCHS Alumnist

    February 20, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    I wish Sirak the best of luck and great season. Hopefully, Siark could put PCHS track and field back on track of excellence.

  6. Dean

    February 21, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Concentrate on being a principal Mr. Hanks. Myers is leaving….take that job, get a pay raise and leave the coaching to someone else!

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