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Lady Cougars outlast Blacksburg




David Gravely/SWT – Alaina Akers and Taryn Blankenship battle on the ground for the ball.

Lady Cougar basketball Head Coach Bradley Sutphin was pleased with the fact that his team won, but not with their performance as Pulaski County won a 46-38 decision over the Blacksburg Bruins Saturday in a game that was much closer than it needed to be.


“We didn’t play very well and Blacksburg has gotten better,” Suphin said. “Blacksburg is always going to have a chance, no matter who they’re playing against. They’re a very well coached squad and they work hard. We didn’t help ourselves out a lot with the way we played. We’ll have to do much better than this from here on out.”


The Lady Cougars led the entire game, but poor shooting from the field and at the charity stripe by Pulaski County kept the game within reach for the Bruins. The Lady Cougars led 13-7 at the end of the first quarter. They only outscored Blacksburg 8-6 in the second period, taking a 21-13 lead into the halftime break.


Things picked up a little bit in the third, with seven different Lady Cougars putting points on the board to add 15 points to the total, leaving Pulaski County up 36-22 heading into the fourth. Blacksburg dug their heels in during the fourth quarter and outscored the Lady Cougars 15-10 to leave the final score at 46-38 for the Lady Cougars.


Keslyn Secrist paced Pulaski County with 15 points, seven rebounds and two assists. Alaina Akers added eight points, three rebounds, an assist and three steals. Ally Fleenor scored seven points and grabbed five rebounds. Maddie Ratcliff added five points, three rebounds, four assists and five steals.Taryn Blankenship scored four points, grabbed seven rebounds, had one assist and one steal. Hanna Walson scored four points and grabbed four rebounds. Erin Russell scored three points, grabbed one rebound and had two assists. Paige Huff scored one  point. Courtney Cregger earned one rebound. Kassidy Secrist recorded a steal and a  blocked shot.


Skylar Prosser led Blacksburg with 14 points.


Pulaski County was only able to make good on 9 of 17 free-throw attempts, 3 of 11 three-point shots and 14 of 34 from two point range.


“It was an off day for us,” Sutphin said. “We have to shoot better and we have to make our free-throws. We talk about that every day, so that’s a little frustrating. We’ll take the win, but we’ve got to come back in Monday and readjust. We’ve got some big games coming up. We need to be on top of things if we want to reach our goals.”


The win moves Pulaski County to 15-5 overall and they have now won 11 games in a row. With one more win, the Lady Cougars would clench the River Ridge District season title.


The JV Lady Cougars are scheduled to play Blacksburg Monday at 5:30 p.m. Both teams will be back in action Tuesday, Feb. 11, when they host the Cave Spring Knights in the final home game of the regular season. JV action will start at 5:30 followed by the varsity contest at 7 p.m.



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