Strong fourth quarter wins it for Lady Cougars

By DAVID GRAVELY

sports@southwesttimes.com

 

BLACKSBURG – Senior Lady Cougar basketball player Amiah Stables continued to be an offensive force Tuesday as Pulaski County earned a key road victory over the Blacksburg Bruins, 48-39.

 

Stables led all scorers in the game with 23 points. Sophomore Maddie Ratcliff backed her up with 13 points. Senior Taylor Dickerson hit two big three-pointers to add six points. Senior Tyanna Haynes added four and sophomore Alaina Akers added two.

 

Pulaski County took the early lead, with a 13-7 edge at the end of the first quarter. Blacksburg doubled up on the Lady Cougars in the second quarter, outscoring them 16-8 to take a 23-21 lead into the halftime break.

 

Defense ruled the third quarter, with Blacksburg outscoring Pulaski County 9-7 to lead 32-28 heading into the fourth.

 

Aggressive defense, good shooting and making nine out of 10 free throws down the stretch allowed the Lady Cougars to outscore Blacksburg 20-7 in the fourth, securing Pulaski County their second win in a row and fourth win out of the last five games.

 

Hannah Ramey led Blacksburg with 14 points and Ellie Gresh added 11 points.

 

“We’ve still got work to do, but I’m happy with our effort the past two games,” Lady Cougar Head Coach Bradley Sutphin said. “We still need to clean some things up, but we’re starting to put some things together. I’ve been saying these girls can be a pretty good basketball team all season. We just need to keep working and getting better as we go.”

 

With the win the Lady Cougars improve to 6-7 overall and 2-2 in River Ridge District play. Blacksburg, despite the loss, holds an 8-3 record and is 2-2 in district play as well.

 

One team that has yet to feel the string of defeat is the junior varsity Lady Cougar squad, who earned a 43-28 victory over the younger Bruins in the opening game of the night. The win was the thirteenth in a row for the Lady Cougars.

 

That 13-game winning streak will be put to the test Friday when both squads travel to Roanoke to face off with the Cave Spring Knights. The varsity Knights have struggled at points this season, but they have also played tough competition. They have a 4-6 overall record and 1-2 district record.

 

JV action will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by the varsity contest at 7 p.m.

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