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Lady Cougars snatch victory from jaws of defeat




The Lady Cougar basketball team showed grit, determination and heart Friday on their way to earning a come-from-behind win over Hidden Valley, 61-53.

“I liked our effort tonight,” Lady Cougar Head Coach Bradley Sutphin said. “I’ll take it. We didn’t do everything right, but we hustled and didn’t give up even though we fell behind early. This was a good win.”


Hidden Valley (5-7, 2-2) looked like they were going to settle the issue early, taking a quick 17-9 lead at the end of the first quarter.


Pulaski County (5-7, 1-2) stood strong, outscoring the Titans 17-10 in the second quarter. With the lead cut to just one point, 26-27, the Lady Cougars were back in the game.


Solid defense and attacking offense suddenly became the name of the game in the second half for the Lady Cougars. Senior Amiah Stables dominated the first half, scoring nine points in the first quarter and 10 in the second. As the Titans shifted their attention to her, sophomore Maddie Ratcliff picked up the slack, scoring four points in the third and six in the fourth.


Pulaski County outscored Hidden Valley 15-13 in the third and 20-12 in the fourth to lock down the 61-53 win.


Stables led the way for Pulaski County with a team and game-high 32 points. Ratcliff added 12 points. Senior Tyanna Haynes and sophomore Alaina Akers added six points each, junior Alicia Noble chipped in five.


Meredith Smith led the Lady Titans with 17 points. Sawyer Freeland and Kendall Flippen scored 12 points each. Jordyn Sadler scored five, Brianna Lohrmann added four, Kacie Hanson scored two and Leibinni Pickens scored one.


The junior varsity contest was never in question as the younger Lady Cougars completely dismantled Hidden Valley 57-17.


The Lady Cougar defense allowed only two points in the entire second half, moving their record to 12-0.


Pulaski Middle School eighth-grader Ally Fleenor continued to dominate the game, scoring 29 points to led all scorers. Kassidy Secrist scored 15 points, Aubrey O’Dell added five and Sydney Smith scored three. Hanna Walson and Taryn Blankenship added two points each, Erin Russell scored one point in the win.


Faith Mitchell led Hidden Valley with eight points.


The Lady Cougars are scheduled to go back into action today with a road contest at Blacksburg. JV action will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by the varsity matchup at 7 p.m.



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