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.
PCHS Boys Basketball Coach
“We want our team to fight like we are the third monkey on the ramp to Noah’s Ark. And brother it’s started to rain.” Anon
The Powell Pirates go into Christmas break with nine wins and three losses. I think this is an acceptable beginning with all the different information related to basketball they have been asked to ingest. I was actually told it is the best start since the 2010 season. We do however have a very challenging schedule ahead as we play several regional contenders both on the road and at home. It is tremendous preparation for the second season which will be here soon.
As we continue to build our program, I am encouraged by the excitement around the program and throughout the county. In the three home games we have had good crowds but I want huge crowds. Basketball season is short and almost half over and with that I ask our fans to make plans and attend those home games. We want the gymnasium bleachers filled with loud Pirate fans. And the price of admission is still a huge bargain.
On December 28, 29, 30 the Red River Classic is being held at Powell County High School with eight teams playing three games each. This is going to be a tremendous three days of basketball. The schedule will be on Facebook and posted at school. The schedule changes as teams win and lose so we ask you to get involved and support this years Red River Classic. Powell County plays Nicholas County on December 28 at 8 P.M. The tournament begins at 2 P.M. on December 28 with Boone County playing Harrison County. We are hoping for a huge turnout for the entire tournament as our sponsors have put a very significant amount of money in this basketball event.
I want to publicly say thank you to our sponsors: Tanner Dodge and Chrysler, Dairy Queen, Whitaker Bank, Red River Ranch and Abner’s Motel. Without these sponsor’s financial involvement and the other activities they do for us there would be no Red River Classic. Please say a thank you to these sponsors when you see them at the tournament.
Developing a team is a process. A process filled with challenges that bring both successes and failures. We understand that and are mentally prepared to work through both. Our total focus is to be tournament ready and to give our fans a team to be proud of.
On a personal note, I am throughly enjoying coaching the Pirates and visiting with old friends who drop by the gym. I hope all our fans are feeling as much excitement as I am.
We hope to see you in our gym every time the doors open. Happy New Year from the coaching staff and the Pirates.
By JAMES COOK
It started as an idea. After all, why not host a holiday basketball tournament? For years the Pirates had hit the road in late December. But a decade ago the ideal that became the Red River Classic was born. It started small, but has tuned into a showcase of talent from across the state. And it all converges on Stanton beginning Dec. 28.
The tournament, this year sponsored by Tanner Dodge Chrysler Jeep, Red River Ranch, Whitaker Bank and Dairy Queen, will bring together eight teams from across the Commonwealth. The games should provide the basketball junkie in every fan three days of roundball bliss. If you are looking for a way to keep the holiday season exciting, then you have no excuse.
The tournament starts with a 2 p.m. tipoff on Wednesday, Dec. 28 as the Boone County Rebels take on the Harrison County Thorobreds. Both teams have struggled early, but look to be coming together. They will be followed by the Walton-Verona Bearcats and the Wolfe County Wolves at 4p.m. The bearcats have won six of their first nine games, while the Wolves have opened up with a 2-5 record. But they have tough losses early to regional powers and anone who knows 14th Region basketball knowns that Wolfe County always come ready to play.
The evening games will see a matchup of Colonels. Henderson County from the 2nd region will play Bourbon County. While the Western Kentucky team has opened up rather successfully (5-2), the Central Kentucky has struggled (2-5) but seems to be ready to make a stand. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.
The first round will be completed when the home team, the Pirates, take to the Bill Orme Court to play Nicholas County. Powell has opened up their season winning six of their first eight games and under the direction of legendary coach David Fraley. The Bluejackets have won five of their first seven games and look to be a good matchup for Powell on paper. But the hardwood is where all the action will take place.
The tournament continues on Thursday, Dec. 29, with the losing teams of game one (Boone-Harrison) and game four (Powell-Nicholas) at 2 p.m. The losing teams of game two (Wolfe-Walton Verona) and game three (Henderson-Bourbon) will play at 4 p.m. The winners of game one and four will take to the court at 6 p.m. and the the winners of game two and three will play at 8 p.m.
The final day of the tournament, Friday, Dec. 30, will begin with the Fifth Place Game at 4 p.m., which will be the winners of the loser bracket games from Thursday. The losing teams of the evening games from Thursday will play in the 4th Place Game at 6 p.m. on Friday.
The Championship Game will be played at 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 30
All of the games will be played at the Rodney T. Clark Gymnasium at the Powell County High School.
The Lady Pirates were looking to repeat Monday night’s success against Tates Creek when Hazard came to Stanton last Saturday night. The upset did not quite materialize as the Lady Bulldogs, ranked fourth in the region in the preseason, won going away 58-36.
Speaking of that Tates Creek victory last Monday evening, the Lady Pirates out-battled the Creekers in a close game from start to finish to pick up the first win of the season. Brown led the way with 21 points and eight rebounds, as Powell won, 45-37
Howell scored eight points and pulled down eight boards. Lewis chipped in six, King added four, Elam scored three, Grace Hall added three and Samantha Watkins scored one point
As for the Hazard contest the first quarter was close, with Hazard leading 12-6 at the end of the period and Powell only trailed by five, 24-19, at the half. The third quarter was the Lady Pirates’ downfall, as they were outscored 12-3 by Hazard.
The final frame also belonged to the visitors, 22-14. Hazard improved to 2-1 on the season while Powell falls to 1-3.
The Lady Bulldogs were led in scoring by Desiree Sturgill with 16 points, Hayley Caudill and Destiny Walker with 14 each, while Simone Beverly added six and Cameron Howard tossed in five points.
For the Lady Pirates, Dakota Brown was again the scoring leader with 11, closely followed by Macey Howell with eight. All the Lady Pirates saw action, and Lindsey Willoughby scored four points. Ashley King and Elizabeth Scott had two points each. Lexie Crabtree hit 1-of-3 free throws to get in the scorebook.
The Lady Pirates were set for a district matchup at Owsley County this past Tuesday night and will return home to play Lee County on Friday night. Both games are part of the boys-girls varsity doubleheader the 56th District has incorporated. Powell will also play Perry Central at home on Saturday night.
The new basketball season is underway and the Powell County Lady Pirates are in a rebuilding mode. Having to replace four starters and then losing a guard to season ending knee injury in the final preseason scrimmage, has already made this season interesting. The question is how will the Lady Pirates react.
The answer appears to be with heart.
The Lady Pirates fought hard in their opening game of the season at Montgomery County last Thursday night. But despite a strong showing Powell fell to the Lady Indians, 47-43.
The game was close throughout with Montgomery taking a slim lead at the end of the first quarter, 9-8. Powell fought back and took 21-14 lead midway through the second quarter on a layup by Dakota Brown. That lead was short-lived however as Montgomery came back to trail by only three at the half.
The third quarter belonged to Montgomery as they outscored the Lady Pirates 12-8 to grab a 30-29 lead at the end of the quarter. The Lady Indians stretched that lead to five, but Powell’s defense stepped it up a notch. The Lady Pirates regained the lead 39-38 on a layup by Star Lewis with just three minutes to play. Montgomery’s Emilie Carter then hit a jumper to give the Lady Indians the lead for good at 40-39.
Montgomery then outlasted Powell on to take the win, 47-43
The Lady Pirates were led by junior Dakota Brown with 18 points. Alisha Elam, another junior, managed seven points before going down with a knee injury in the third quarter. Eighth grader Star Lewis added seven, Samantha Watkins had five, Ashley King added four and Gracie Hall scored two points. Elizabeth Scott did not score for the Lady Pirates, but she pulled down 12 rebounds.
Montgomery’s Delaney Bromagen led all scorers with 26 points.
“I’m proud of the effort the girls showed tonight. We’re still a work in progress, losing projected starter Emily Branham to a knee injury just a little over a week ago and having another starter decide to quit the team last week,” Coach Ken Jones said after the game. “We still could have won this game, actually outscoring Montgomery by eight points from the field, but they got us at the free throw line as they hit 21-of-26 free throws. We’ll adjust to the new lineup in the near future and get back in synch.We’re a very young team and it takes time to develop, but I’m confident we’ll soon get to where we want to be if the girls keep working hard.”
On Saturday Powell traveled to Letcher Central. Despite being down three players, Powell played close. But it was highly-rated Lady Cougars who was outscored by the Lady Pirates from the field but came away with a 49-37 win. The Lady Cougars made 23-of-30 free throws for 76 percent, while the Lady Pirates only managed to hit 4-of-14 from the line.
The first quarter saw Powell take an early 7-4 lead, but Letcher came back to take a 15-13 advantage by the end of the period. Four Lady Pirates picked up their second foul in the second quarter and took a seat as the Lady Cougars stretched their lead to 29-17 by the break. The second half was dead even, with both teams scoring 20 points each. Powell’s points came from seven field goals, including a couple three pointers, and four free throws. Meanwhile Letcher hit six field goals and seven free throws. “I saw a lot of encouraging things in this game, especially the points scored by players coming off the bench. Letcher is rated sixth in the region, and we could have won this game at their place.” Jones stated. “We have to learn not to foul so much, and need big improvement on taking advantage of our trips to the free throw However, when the final horn sounded, Letcher Central picked up the 49-37 win.
Powell was led by Brown with nine points. Hall and Lindsay Willoughby each scored six, Samantha Watkins and Macie Howell both added five points to the cause. King scored four and Lewis had a bucket.
Letcher’s Shelby Hall led all scorers with 14 points.
Powell enters this week with an 0-2 record and was scheduled to host Lexington Tates Creek this past Monday. The Lady Pirates will his Hazard on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. They will travel to Owsley County on Tuesday as part of a district boy’s and girls’ doubleheader.
The Powell County cross country team competed Nov. 5 at the 2A state championship meet at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.
The Pirate boys’ team was led by junior Brandon Baker, who finished 39th. As a whole, the boys’ team placed 26th.
The boys’ team consisted of Baker, Austin Napier, Nathan Lewis, Kelby Rose, Evan Kinser, Ethan Frazier, and Skyler Howard.
The Pirate girls’ team was led by eighth-grader Sophia Moon, who placed 118th. The Powell County girls also placed 26th as a team.
The girls’ team consisted of Moon, Ashley King, Anna Campbell, Moriah Turner, Elizabeth Scott, Avery Fulks, and Lexie Crabtree.
Kentucky State Cross Country Meet
November 5, 2016
Boys – 5k
Brandon Baker (39th Place) 17:44
Austin Napier (183rd Place) 20:00
Nathan Lewis (213th Place) 21:28
Kelby Rose (224th Place) 22:32
Evan Kinser (226th Place) 22:44
Ethan Frazier (228th Place) 24:47
Skyler Howard (229th Place) 25:05
Girls – 5k
Sophia Moon (118th Place) 22:50
Ashley King (146th Place) 23:26
Anna Campbell (192nd Place) 26:01
Moriah Turner (197th Place) 27:31
Elizabeth Scott (200th Place) 28:23
Avery Fulks (202nd Place) 29:31
Lexie Crabtree (204th Place) 30:11