Meredith Waugh, a senior at Powell County High School, signed his letter of intent last week to attend the University of the Cumberlands to play football.
Pictured above are Meredith along with his parents, Ticker and Donnie Waugh.
Meredith Waugh, a senior at Powell County High School, signed his letter of intent last week to attend the University of the Cumberlands to play football.
Pictured above are Meredith along with his parents, Ticker and Donnie Waugh.
The first round of the district tournament is basically what every team plays for. It is a must win game to continue into the postseason. Make it a Powell-Estill game and it seems that the stakes are higher. That is how rivalries go.
Last Monday night the 56th District Girl’s Tournament tipped off with a thrilling overtime win by Owsley over Lee in a major upset. But the Powell-Estill game was what the crowd came to see.
The first quarter saw four ties and a Powell early 10-6 lead. But Estill made a run, only to see Powell hang on to stay ahead 14-10 after one quarter.
Estill kept pushing the ball and Powell kept clinging to a lead in the second frame. The Lady Pirates held an 18-13 lead after a bucket by Dakota Brown at the 5:35 mark. But the Lady Engineers started to come to life. A layup by Estill’s Sidney Danyeur with 2:07 to play in the half gave her team a 21-20 lead. Brown and Macey Howell both connected on shots down the stretch, as Powell held onto a 26-23 lead at halftime.
The Lady Pirates enthusiasm started to dwindle in the third quarter. Turnovers hurt Powell, as they committed seven in the period. That coupled with a more determined Estill squad than was seen in the first half, enabled the Lady Engineers to take the lead 31-30 at the 4:58 mark on a putback by Danyeur.
Powell would never regain the lead. Estill pushed to a double-digit lead when Mackenzie Flynn hit a putback to make it 43-33 late in the quarter. Powell tried to stay close in the fourth, but Estill took advantage of Powell turnovers to hold for the 56-47 win.
Powell was led by Brown and Howell with 16 points each. Both also had six rebounds. The Lady Pirates committed 18 turnovers for the night, hit 7-of-14 from the charity stripe.
Estill was led by Danyeur and Flynn, each with 14 points. The Lady Engineers committed 9 turnovers and shot 75 percent from the free throw line, hitting on 12-of-16.
Powell finished their season with an 11-18 record.
Photo by Sue Townsend, School Photographer/Owner of Beyond the Light Photography
The Powell County Pirates finished their regular season hoping to get rid of any issues and fine tuning their game skills. To do that they had to play on the road against Wolfe County and Hazard. The Pirates voyage came up a little short in Campton, but the trip to Perry County ended very well.
The Pirates traveled to Wolfe County last Tuesday and had hoped to pick up a big win. After all Powell had beat the Wolves 95-74 back on Jan. 16 in Stanton. But it is always tough to beat the Wolves in the Rose Gymnasium.
Powell had some trouble scoring and the Wolves exploited that. The result was a 70-63 Wolfe County victory. Max Hernandez led the Pirates with 29 points and Austin Napier poured in 18. Eight other Pirates also played and combined for only 16 points.
Last Friday Powell traveled to the legendary Memorial Gymnasium, affectionately known as The Pit, to play the Hazard Bulldogs. Hazard has been in the middle of a tough season, but on their home floor it seems that history is on their side.
But not on this night.
Powell met the challenge of playing on the road, in a tough place and bounced back from a close loss. Plus they did so in impressive fashion. Powell defeated Hazard 63-53. The Pirates were led by Levi Bloom with 16 points. Max Hernandez and Austin Napier each poured in 14 points. Mikey Lindon picked up of his points at the charity stripe. Lindon hit 9-of-10 free throws.
Powell finished the regular season with a 19-9 record and the top seed in this week’s 56th District Tournament. Th Pirates open the boy’s tournament by taking on Lee County this past Tuesday evening. Powell had dominated Lee this season beating them 101-53 in Stanton in December, then winning in Beattyville by a 108-43 score last month.
Estill and Owsley were slated to play the second game this past Tuesday. The winners of both first-round games will meet Friday night at Estill County for the district championship. Game time is 7 p.m. Due to the printing deadlines the Times will have the district action round-up in next week’s issue.
The Powell County Pirates took to the William Orme Ballcourt for the last time this season last Friday and honored their seven seniors. Ovations and kind words were part of the pre-game Senior Night ceremony. But the biggest honor was a come from behind win over the Jackson County Generals. The Pirates outdueled the Generals 63-62.
The Pirates fought back from an early deficit. The visitors held a 15-12 lead after the first period. In the second quarter the Generals used their speed to pick up the pace and push the Pirates to their limit. A put back by the Generals gave them a 24-18 lead with just under three minutes to play in the half.
Inspired play by seniors Levi Bloom and Max Hernandez kept the Pirates close. With some rebounding help by Drew Ginter, Powell kept the Generals in check. A 14-foot jumper by Bloom in the lane pulled the Pirates close, as Jackson led 26-24 at the intermission.
Powell opened the third quarter with some gusto. Following a basket by the Generals to up the lead to 28-24, Powell went on a 5-0 run. A layup by Bloom, two free throws by Hernandez and a baseline layup by Ginter gave the Pirates a 29-28 lead.
The game was a classic battle from there.
The Generals pushed the ball quickly and the lead to three, only to see Powell’s Mickey Lindon drain a deep shot to tie the game. Another run helped the Pirates to jump up 42-37. But Jackson battled back using the outside game, when they were not running fast breaks past the defense. But Powell matched them with zone busting shots and good ball movement for open shots inside. When the horn sounded to end the quarter, Jackson held a 47-46 lead.
The frame saw the Pirates go on top by five, 54-49 with just over five minutes to play. Back-to-back baskets by the Generals made it a 54-53 game. The Pirates managed to keep a slim lead until the Generals tied the game at 60 with two straight baskets again with 1:04 to play.
Following a Pirate timeout and some good ball movement, Bloom broke loose on the sideline, cut to the baseline after catching a pass from Lindon. The move caught the Generals by surprise and Bloom hit the layup to give Powell a 62-60 lead with :37 to go. The Generals then tied the game with an open layup with :17 to go in regulation.
Powell worked the ball and got it inside to Hernandez, who was fouled. Hernandez nailed one-of-two charity tosses to make it a 63-62 Pirate lead. The Generals called a timeout to set up the final play with :02 to play.
The visitors got the ball in but could not get a shot off as the horn sounded before the second pass could be caught. Powell captured a 63-62 Senior Night victory.
Powell was led by Bloom with 19 points and seven rebounds. Hernandez poured in 17 points and grabbed eight boards. Drew Ginter added nine points, Carlos Hernandez had eight and Austin Napier scored five points. Lindon scored three points, while Gary Asch and Trevor Marcum each hit a free throw.
On Saturday evening the Pirates traveled to Jackson City and rolled to an 80-62 win over the Tigers. Powell was led by Max Hernandez with 22 points and Austin Napier poured in 19. Mikey Lindon tossed in 14 and Levi Bloom chipped in 12 points.
The Pirates entered this, the final week of the regular season, with an 18-8 record. They were scheduled to travel to Wolfe County this past Tuesday. They will end their season at Hazard on Friday.
Powell will play Lee County in the opening round of the 56th District Boy’s Basketball Tournament on Tuesday. The top seeded Pirates hope to make it three wins this season over the Bobcats. The winner will play the winner of the Estill-Owsley winner on Friday, Feb. 24. The tournament is being held at Estill County.
Samantha Watkins had one. For Estill, Danyeur had 16, Brewer 10, while Kiely Flynn and Bellamy scored eight points each. The week started with a trip down Highway 15 to Jackson. The Breathitt County Lady Bobcats must have had revenge on their mind for a 12-point loss only a week before in Stanton. This time it was all Breathitt as they jumped out to a 14-0 lead before Gracie Hall got Powell on the board with a basket. The first quarter ended with BC up 19-4. The second quarter was more of the same, with the Lady Pirates only getting a goal by Ashley King and Dakota Brown. Meanwhile, Breathitt put 12 points up to take a 31-8 halftime lead. The Lady Pirate offense finally woke up in the third quarter but still were outscored and trailed 51-22 at the end of the third. Powell managed to equal their point production in the first 3 quarters in the final period with 22 points, but it was too little too late as they took the loss, 65-44. Powell’s Ashley King led the Lady Pirates with 16 points, Gracie Hall had nine and Macey Howell chipped in seven. Alisha Elam and Samantha Watkins had four points each, while Dakota Brown and Lexie Crabtree had two points each. Breathitt’s Amy Brewer led all scorers with 23 points, Hannah Griffith added 16 and Emily Noble scored 15. Autumn Collins scored seven, while Ollie Bates and Kaleigh Brown scored two points each. Then last Wednesday the Lady Pirates hosted the Bluejackets of Nicholas County. Lady Jacket senior Grace Kiskaden wasted no time in showing why she is the eighth leading three point shooter in the state. She hit a trio of treys in the first quarter, leading the Bluejackets to a 15-11 lead at the end of the first quarter. The visitors found the range for four more three-pointers in the second quarter with one more by Kiskaden. Her teammate Autumn Martin scored two from beyond the arc and Shelby Stafford nailed one to stretch their lead to 15 at the half at 33-18. By the end of the third, the All-A state semifinalists had a 47-28 lead and the Lady Pirates managed to trim only four points from that margin by the end of the contest. Nicholas picked up the win over Powell, 60-45. Kiskaden led all scorers with 17 points, while Martin tossed in 14 and Stafford poured in 11. For the Lady Pirates Dakota Brown led the way with 16 points, Ashley King had 12, as Gracie Hall and Samantha Watkins had seven each. Powell now stands at 9-13 as they entered this week’s action. The Lady Pirates are 3-3 in district action. Lee County has the top seed with a 5-1 record, 19-7 overall. Estill is 3-2 in the district, 15-8 overall. They have one more game in district play with Owsley County. The Lady Owls are 0-5 in the district, 10-10 overall. Powell will host Leslie County tonight (Thursday) before hitting the road on Saturday for an 11:30 a.m matinee at Knott Central. They will hit the road again on Monday to play Wolfe County before ending the season at home against Western Hills on Feb. 17.
The most industrious schedule the Pirates have ever had came into play again last weekend. Powell took to their homecourt twice within 20 hours and came up with a split. But the win has helped them to hang onto the top slot in the district seeding race. Powell took to the floor against Owsley County in the first game of a boys/girls district doubleheader last Friday. The Owls were able to keep it close, at least until the 4:43 mark in the first quarter. After pulling to within three points at 9-6, the Owls could only try to play catch up. The Pirates went on a 16-1 run to end the period and lead 27-7. By the time the game hit the 3:30 mark in the second quarter, every Pirate had gotten into the game. The Pirates had no real competition from the outmanned Owls in the quarter, or the game for that matter. The Pirates held a 45-16 lead at the half. The rest of the game, the Pirates set their cruise control and breezed to an 83-28 victory. The bench led the scoring as the starters got some rest. Carlos Hernandez, Hunter Bloom and starter Levi Bloom each scored 13 points. Gary Asch tossed in 10 points off the bench. Eleven players scored for Powell in the game. The win gave Powell a 5-0 record in district play. The Pirates control their own destiny in the district seeding. They play at Estill on Friday for their final regular season district game. A win seals the top seed and possible first round tournament game with Owsley, barring any major upsets. The Owls fell to 1-4 in the district and still has to play Estill. Following a big win, the Pirates hit the hardwood again in a matinee matchup with the top team in the region, the Letcher Central Cougars. The two teams played in December at the Berea Invitational, with the Cougars taking a 72-61 victory. Powell was looking to even the series. Early on it looked like Powell was ready to settle the score. But the visitors had other plans. Powell played sluggish and Letcher controlled the inside game from the start. Despite some big shots by Austin Napier, Powell trailed 23-13 when the first quarter ended. The top scorer and main offensive threat for the Cougars, Torrel Carter, scored 15 of those 23 points. The style of play by both sides became physical, making the game a rough and tumble affair. Foul trouble on both sides in the second period put some starters on the bench. The tempo was also quick and the Pirates kept up for part of the quarter. But a 9-2 run by the Cougars midway through the second frame helped them to maintain the lead. Letcher held a 38-27 advantage at the break. Powell opened the second half battling the Cougars. They pulled to within nine points on four occasions in the third quarter. Both sides traded scoring runs. But when Powell’s Drew Ginter hit a hook shot in the lane at the buzzer, Powell had battled back. The home team trailed by eight, 55-47. With all the rough play and aggressive defense, fouls took their toll. Three Cougars fouled out in the fourth quarter and three Pirates were on the floor with four fouls. Despite a valiant effort, the Pirates just could not overcome the deficit. Powell could not seem to get under the eight point margin, as the Cougars held on for the 78-70 win. Napier led the Pirates with 27 points in the game and was 11-out-of-12 from the free throw line. Ginter tossed in 16, Max Hernandez chipped in 15 and Mickey Lindon added 10 points for the Pirates. Letcher was led by Carter with a game high 35 points. Elijah Raglin was the only other Cougar in double figures, adding 16 points to the win. Five other Cougars scored in the game. Powell’s record stood at 16-6 as they entered this week’s play. The Pirates were scheduled to play Knott Central this past Tuesday night. Then they will make the short trip to Irvine for the rematch with Estill County on Friday evening. The boy’s/girls district doubleheader is set to begin at 6 p.m. A Pirate win seals the top district seed. Estill has to win by five points or more to have a chance at capturing the number one spot.
It has been a rough year for the Powell County Lady Pirates. They lost two starters early on and was already one of the youngest, least experienced teams that had worn the red and black for a while. But though they may have taken a few lumps, they are also learning. But last week’s games were some tough lessons. Powell took to the road twice last week and lost both games. They fell to district foe Lee County and then to region rival Leslie County. The Lady Pirates made the trip to Beattyville last Tuesday night for a rematch with the Lee County Lady Kats. Lee jumped out to an early lead at 6-0 before Macey Howell got Powell on the board a minute and a half into the game. Back-to-back three point shots by Haley Tipton and Hannah Ross put the home team up 12-2 before the Lady Pirates went on a run of their own to pull to within one at the end of the first quarter at 13-12. Powell’s Dakota Brown made a basket to tie the score less than a minute into the second quarter at 14-14. Hannah Kash then scored back-to-back layups and Peyton Henry hit a couple of free throws. Lee was up by six again at 20-14. The Lady Pirates slowly fought back and took the lead at 21-20 with two minutes to go in the second, only to see Kash make another layup and free throw to Lee back the lead. She added two more free throws and a field goal to put Lee up 27-22 at the break. The Lady Pirates again fought back to tie at 30-30 a couple of minutes into the third quarter, only to see a three by Kash put Lee ahead for good. Lee outscored Powell by three in the quarter. The two teams battled on even terms with each scoring 20 in the final frame. It was a hard lesson, but the Lady Pirates showed some gusto and improvement, despite falling, 64-56. Kash led all scorers with 41 points, while Ross added 11. Peyton Henry and Sarah Estes chipped in four points each. Meanwhile, Tipton had three and Morgan Hinkle two points for the home team. Lee improved to 13-4 and 4-0 in district play. Lee fell to Estill 69-64 on overtime last Friday to go to 4-1 in district play, while Estill went to 2-0 in the district. Powell was led by Brown 22 points and Howell tossed in 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Ashley King chipped in 11 points, Gracie Hall scored seven and Samantha Watkins scored two points. “We actually outscored Lee from the field in spite of their three’s, but they beat us at the free throw line. They went 14 for 20 for 70 percent, while we only had seven chances from the line, making five, for 71 percent,” Powell Coach Ken Jones said. “Those numbers are especially puzzling when you consider that they pressed much of the game, while we were playing zone defense. We need to be more aggressive on our offense, attack the basket more, and earn more opportunities at the line.” The Lady Pirates were on the road again last Thursday night, going to Hyden to take on the region’s top-rated Leslie County Lady Eagles. Turnovers were the downfall for Powell in the contest, as the Lady Pirates gave up the ball six times in the first quarter and 22 times on the night. Leslie converted 19 points off the Powell miscues in handling the ball. Leslie led at all stops, taking a 14-6 lead by the end of the first period and making it 35-13 at the break. Their advantage grew to 48-17 by the end of the third. The Lady Pirates managed to cut that lead by five in the final quarter. But the Lady Eagles won 55-29. Leslie was led by Emily Griffith with 16 points, while Powell’s Dakota Brown was the scoring leader with nine. Powell fell to 6-11 overall and are 1-3 in the district. A position that is unchartered territory for them. But they seem to be learning more and more about how to battle back. The Lady Pirates were slated to host Breathitt County this past Monday and then take a trip to Lexington Christian Academy on Wednesday. Powell will host Owsley County in a boys/girls district double header on Friday.
It was everything a district rival matchup should be. Huge crowd, lots of tournament atmosphere, hard play and some hard fouls. The Powell County Pirates and Estill County Engineers hit the hardwood last Friday night in Stanton for their first of two season games against each other.
It was a game that saw only two lead changes in the first half, and eight in the fourth quarter alone. But when the final horn sounded, the Pirates picked up an exciting 69-65 win. The win placed Powell in control of the district standings at the midway point.
Powell opened the game with a quick 5-0 lead, before the first indication that district rival game was underway. Powell’s Mikey Lindon picked up a foul after dishing the ball off to Austin Napier and running into an Estill player. That gave the Engineers a little spark, enough to match Powell and tie the game at 10-10 before DaShawn Williams stole the ball from Estill and hit a layup to give the home team 12-10 advantage.
The game remained close as Estill’s Bonny led the way for the visitors, as his teammate Andrew Doty blocked three shots underneath and picked up a few points in the second quarter. But the Pirates Levi Bloom went on seven-point scoring run to keep pace. Napier, who had been quiet from the field, got busy late in the half, adding a quick five points.
But the lead changed hands again with Estill taking their first advantage late in the half. But another layup by Williams put Powell ahead 28-27 at the break.
The second half opened up just as intense as the first. A steal by Napier, baskets by Napier and Bloom and a couple of baskets by Max Hernandez helped the Pirates to jump out to a 36-29 lead early in the third quarter. Powell continued to hold the lead throughout the period, despite Estill fighting just as hard to try to gain an advantage. Powell held on as both teams played hard to lead 49-44 entering the final frame.
Estill came out fast and hard in the fourth, outscoring Powell 7-2 in the first 1:30 to tie the game 51-51. But Napier hit a trey to retake the lead, but Estill tied again on a three pointer by Kevin Richardson. Estill would push their lead to four at 58-54 after Bonny connected on a couple of free throws with 3:56 to play. Bloom would put back an errant shot, Estill’s Richardson hit a three and Napier matched that to take it a 61-59 Estill lead.
The final three minutes was filled with quick baskets, free throws and a lot of emotion. A shot by Hernandez tied the game at 61, then following a missed free throw by Estill, Drew Ginter connected on two charity tosses to give the Pirates a slim two point lead. Both teams, like two heavy weight boxers going toe-to-toe, matched shot for shot. That was until Estill’s (40) hit an easy layup on the baseline to give the Engineers a tie at 65-65 with :56 to play.
Lindon was fouled and he hit both free throws to give his team the lead. Then on the ensuing possession, Estill missed a shot and Lindon was fouled on the rebound Powell was in the double bonus situation, which was a blessing in disguise. Lindon hit the second charity toss to give Powell a 68-65 lead, as the crowd for both sides raised the decibel levels.
Following another missed opportunity for the Engineers, Lindon went to the foul line again. Once again he hit the second of the double bonus charity toss. With :14 to play Estill missed a three-point attempt and Ginter was fouled on the rebound. But Ginter missed both chances at the foul line. Estill rebounded and had three shots at the basket, but came up short. As the final horn sounded, Powell won the classic battle, 69-65.
Despite a slow start, a hot handed Napier led Powell with 20 points. Bloom, who scored when his team needed him most, poured in 18 points. Hernandez and Williams each chipped in 10 points in the win.
Estill was led by Bonny, overcoming what appeared to possibly be an ankle problem, with a game high 28 points. Doty chipped in 16 and Joe Benton added 10.
Powell improved to 12-5 overall and 3-0 in district play. Estill fell to 10-5, 0-1 in the district.
On Saturday Powell traveled to Winchester to play in the Central Bank Martin Luther King Jr. Classic. Powell played another close game on short rest. But the end result was another Pirate win. Powell beat Russell, 76-71.
Powell entered this week with a 13-5 record and was set to host Wolfe County on Monday before traveling to Beattyville for a district game against Lee County on Tuesday. Powell take a 10 day break before hosting Owsley County on Jan. 27
The 2017 portion of the high school basketball season got off to a slow and cold start. Last week’s snow and bitter cold cancelled a few games. The Powell County teams were no exception, as both the boys and girls teams had games called off. But the Lady Pirates did manage to get a game in. That was a border showdown with Menifee County last Monday night.
For a short while Powell’s shooting was pretty cold too. That helped Menifee fight off the Lady Pirates and pull off a 67-46 victory in Stanton.
The Lady Wildcats got off to a good start, scoring nine points quickly. Junior Mara Walker, a 5’10” impact player, Junior Mara Walker got Menifee Co. off to a good start, led the visitors to a seven point advantage at the end of the first quarter, 19-12.
Powell’s 5’8’ eighth grader, Macey Howell, kept the pace scoring eight points for the Lady Pirates in the first quarter. Both the scoring leaders cooled off in the second quarter, with Walker scoring three and Howell picking up four. The only other Lady Pirate to score in that period was Sierra McKinney with two points. The remaining Lady Wildcats picked up the slack, while Powell was cold from the field. Powell faced a 14 point deficit by the half, 32-18.
The third quarter was better for Powell as they outscored Menifee 11-10 to stay within striking distance. The Lady Pirates closed the gap to 44-34 on a three point play by Alisha Elam.
But Menifee’s Walker stuck again for the Lady Wildcats, nailing a three-pointer to answer Elam’s efforts. Lindsey Willoughby came back with a trey for Powell, but the Lady Wildcats outscored Powell 10-2 over the next two minutes to put the game out of reach.
When the final horn sounded, Menifee picked up the win. Howell led the Lady Pirates with 25 points and was the only Powell player in double digits. Walker led Menifee with 21. Emma Hacker poured in 20 and Kelsey Evans scored 13 points.
Powell started this week by hosting Harrison County this past Monday. But the big test will come on Friday night when they host Estill County, their district rival, in a boy’s/girl’s varsity doubleheader. Powel will take to their home floor again on Saturday when they host Frankfort.
MC 19 13 10 25 67
PC 12 6 11 17 46
MC: Evans 13, Johnson 8, Hacker 20, Walker 21, Bean 2, Woodard 3
PC: King 2, Elam 6, Howell 25, Brown 5, Lewis 6
The Pirates really know how to celebrate the holidays.
The 10th Annual Red River Classic gave Powell a chance to show off some more improvement and some good basketball action. The Pirates won two of three games in the classic and picked up their eleventh win of the season. A possible record for the program as many thought it would be rebuilding.
Powell opened the tournament by playing Nicholas County last Wednesday evening in the final game of the first round. The Pirates used some hustle to open up a close game early to take a commanding 43-32 halftime lead. The Bluejackets fought back taking advantage of some Pirate miscues in the second half. Then the Pirates kicked their game up a notch, in fact hitting on just about all cylinders.
That effort was too much for the Bluejackets. Behind a fourth quarter blitz, the Pirates rolled on to the 81-69 win. Max Hernandez played very well, pouring in 25 points and picking up 15 rebounds. Austin Napier tossed in 17 and Levi Bloom chipped in 10 points in the victory.
Powell took to the home floor last Thursday to play a quick and tall Boone County squad in the semi finals. It would be the best game of the tournament. The Pirates and Rebels acted more like prizefighters in a championship match. Neither team could seem to get a big enough advantage to put the game away. There were 25 lead changes or ties in the first half alone. Boone held a slim 39-36 lead at the half.
Powell went to a stingy zone defense in the second half, following a quick layup by Austin Napier and a three point shot by Levi Bloom. Powell regained the lead, 41-39. But Boone continued to match Powell’s efforts. Powell held on to enter the final frame leading 52-48.
Continuing the prizefighter theme, both teams battled hard in the fourth quarter, like the final minute go a boxing match. Powell went cold and Boone took advantage, tying the game 57-57 with 3:13 to play. Both teams gained possession and tried to run the clock down. First Powell, before missing the front end go a bonus free throw. The Boone tried it and turned the ball over.
Powell got the ball and worked the clock again. This rime Trevor Marcum was fouled with :07 to play. He connected on the first charity toss, but missed the second. Boone rebounded but their quick baseline shot missed and Powell held on for a thrilling 58-57 win.
The Pirates were led by Napier with 19 points and Hernandez with 14. Trevor Marcum led the Pirates with nine boards.
The Pirates then met up with Henderson County in the championship game last Friday. The Colonels looked impressive throughout the tourney. Their size and speed, along with some delay three point shooting, gave them the advantage entering the contest.
That size, speed and a couple of early blocked shots by the Colonels seemed to intimidate the Pirates inside game. Rushed shots, some sloppy passes and a sluggish start on both offense and defense, helped Powell to find behind 14-5.
Maybe the effects of playing seven games in ten days caught up with the Pirates. Despite that, the home team began to settle down. They trailed 23-13 at the half and fell behind 40-24 entering the fourth quarter. Coach David Fraley’s utilizing a combination of fresh legs off the bench and the starters who were beginning to heat up, Powell mounted a colossal comeback tempt in the final period. Trailing 42-24 early in the quarter, Powell fought back hard. Napier got the hot hand , while Drew Ginter started to challenge the Colonels inside scoring six quick points.
Powell pulled to within 10 points (47-37) with just under two minutes to go. Henderson tried to take the air out of the ball, but Powell picked up some loose balls and steals to up the tempo as the clock became a factor. A couple quick baskets by Napier late made it a 47-44 game with under 30 seconds to play. But Henderson held on to win 49-44.
Powell was led by Napier with 24 points. He hit three of six three point attempts and was 9-of-18 from the field. Max Hernandez picked up 14 rebounds in the game.
Powell improved to 11-4 on the season. It is the first time the Pirates have picked up that many wins before the new year in any season on record at the KHSAA website. Those records go back to the 1997-98 season.
The Pirates will hit the road this week to start the second half of the season. On Thursday (tonight) they travel to Jackson City and them head to Perry Central next Tuesday. Powell will be back home on Jan. 13 in a girls/boys district doubleheader with district rival, Estill County.