Powell County guard Austin Napier was named to the 2016 14th Region All-Tournament Team last week following the championship game. Napier and the Pirates fell short to Breathitt County in the first round, but Napier led his team with 23 points.
Powell County lady Pirates Shayla Lindon (top left) and Destiny Peck were both named to the 14th region All-Tournament Team last Saturday evening. Both girls played an excellent tournament.
Pirates Brooks dominates inside in title game
By GREG MCINTOSH
The Powell County Pirates finished the regular season with three losses. The Pirates started the post season last Tuesday night at home in the first round of the 56th District Tournament. Their opponent was the Owsley County Owls.
Powell scored the first six points. Owsley stormed back with an 11-0 run to take the lead. Owsley led 13-11 after one quarter. Powell regained the lead on two baskets from Adrian Williams. The Pirates got a late three pointer from Mikey Lindon to lead 25-21 at halftime.
The third quarter saw the lead swing back and forth. Powell trailed 38-37 with one quarter to play.
The score was tied at 44-44 with three minutes left in the game. Powell took the lead with an Austin Napier three pointer with 35 seconds to go. Nate Brooks blocked two Owl shots going down the stretch and Williams made three free throws. Powell led 52-47 with 2.5 seconds left.
Owsley hit a half court three pointer at the buzzer and the Pirates won 52-50. Adrian Williams led Powell with 16 points and Max Hernandez added 11 points. Powell advanced to the District final last Friday against Estill County.
Powell and Estill faced off for the fourth straight year in the finals of the 56th District. Powell took the lead with a three pointer from Trevor Marcum. Estill came back to tie the game at 3-3. Powell had the advantage at 11-9 at the end of the first quarter. Powell started the second quarter with a 10-0 run on baskets by Adrian Williams, Nate Brooks, DaShaun Williams, Trevor Marcum and Tyler Carter. Both teams played even after that and Powell led 27-17 at the half.
The Pirates blasted out with the first nine points of the third quarter. Powell led 41-26 after three quarters. Estill closed to within 11 points but Powell responded with a free throw from Max Hernandez. Nate Brooks scored three consecutive baskets for the Pirates to essentially put the game away. Powell won the District Tournament title by the score of 61-45.
Powell was led in scoring by Adrian Williams with 21 points and seven rebounds. Nate Brooks had 14 points and 14 rebounds for the Pirates. Powell placed three players on the All-Tournament team: Nate Brooks, Austin Napier and Max Hernandez. Nate Brooks won the Defensive Award and Adrian Williams was named the Most Valuable Player.
The Pirates play Breathitt County in the 14th Regional Tournament at Knott Central on Thursday at 6pm.
By GREG MCINTOSH
The Powell County Pirates were ready to end the regular season on a high note. Their last three opponents had other ideas.
The Pirates, last week, faced off against three of the top teams in the 14th Region. Win or lose, the games would prepare Powell for the post season. Last Tuesday night Powell hosted Wolfe County.
Wolfe led 6-0 to start the game. Powell got it’s first basket from Austin Napier. The Pirates stayed even for the rest of the quarter and trailed 14-10. Powell cut the lead to one on a score from Tyler Carter. Wolfe extended their lead back up to seven at halftime, 32-25.
Powell battled back in the third. Adrian Williams scored five straight points to tie the game at 37-37. Trevor Marcum hit a three pointer to put the Pirates ahead. Powell led 44-41 after three quarters.
Powell got two free throws from Napier to build a five point lead. The Pirates maintained that lead with 3:10 to go. Wolfe began to chip away at the lead. Powell led by three with 1:03 left.
Wolfe hit free throws to close to within one point. Powell turned the ball over that led to a Wolfe basket. The Pirates had the ball with 10 seconds to go. But they turned it over the ball again.
Wolfe missed two free throws and Powell rebounded. After a timeout, Williams just missed a three pointer at the buzzer. Powell fell 54-53 to Wolfe. Austin Napier led the Pirates with 14 points. Adrian Williams added 10 points and Mikey Lindon chipped in nine points.
Last Friday, Powell hosted Hazard on Senior night. Hazard jumped out to a 13-8 lead after the first quarter. The Bulldogs blew Powell away to start the second quarter. Powell trailed 28-10. Powell rallied to cut the lead to 12 at halftime.
The Pirates came out hot to begin the third. Austin Napier hit two three pointers and a two point basket. Hazard led by just 4 points.
The Bulldogs responded to increase their advantage to 47-40 at the end of the third quarter. Baskets by Tyler Carter and Drew Ginter cut into the lead. Ginter got another basket, was fouled and made the free throw to tie the game at 47-47.
Both teams battled to a 56-56 tie with 1:35 left. Hazard scored five points in a row. Adrian Williams connected on a basket with 18.4 seconds to go. The visitors hit one of two free throws to lead by four with 11.9 seconds to go.
DaShaun Williams hit a three pointer with 1.8 seconds to play to pull to within one. But Hazard held the ball out of bounds as time expired. Powell lost again by the score of 62-61.
Austin Napier and Adrian Williams led Powell with 17 points each. Drew Ginter added nine points and Tyler Carter scored eight points.
Powell traveled to Breathitt County last Saturday. Breathitt pounded the Pirates early and led by double digits by halftime. The Bobcats cruised to an easy 84-46 win over Powell.
The Pirates finish the regular season with a 12-15 overall record.
Powell is hosting the 56th District Tournament this week. The Pirates faced Owsley County on Tuesday in the first round of the district. The Boys Championship is scheduled for Friday night at 7 p.m.
Some senior athletes were honored last Saturday as part of the Lady Pirates Senior Night Ceremony. From left to right, the seniors are: Sarah Spencer, Amber Branham, Shayla Lindon, Briana Elam and Destiny Peck.
The Powell County Pirates are heading down the stretch on the regular season. Th e winter weather again got in the way of last Tuesday’s game at Breathitt County, which was cancelled.
Last Friday, Powell hosted Estill County. Th e two were battling for the top spot in the district standings. Estill started the scoring with a three pointer. Powell went on a 9-0 run to take the lead. Th e Pirates led 13-9 aft er one quarter.
The second quarter was even until the end when Estill scored the last four points. Powell led 23-21 at half time. The third quarter fi nished with both teams scoring ten points. Powell was clinging to a two point lead heading to the final quarter.
Powell got a basket from Nate Brooks then a free throw from Adrian Williams and another basket from Brooks. Powell led 38-31 with 3:30 to go in the game.
After an Estill free throw, Williams connected for a bucket and an eight point lead. Estill got a basket with 2:01 left. Powell hit their free throws at the end with Austin Napier hitting three of four attempts. Powell squeezed out a 43-36 victory.
Adrian Williams and Austin Napier led Powell with 11 points each. Nate Brooks added nine points for the Pirates.
Powell traveled to Letcher Central on Saturday. Powell trailed from the start. The Pirates were behind 14-9 after the fi rst quarter. Letcher extended their lead to 34- 18 at halft ime. The third quarter was even at 17-17. Powell trailed 51-35 after three quarters. Letcher put the game away with a hot start to the fourth quarter. Powell lost 80-54 to Letcher Central.
Austin Napier led Powell with 17 points. Max Hernandez scored 12 points for the Pirates.
Powell now stands at 8-11 overall and 4-0 in district play. Powell was set to host Breathitt County on Tuesday. The Pirates traveled to Sheldon Clark on Wednesday. Th en Friday, Powell hosts Lee County. The Pirates are on the road at Knott Central on Saturday.
By JAMES COOK
It was a game that has the feel of a tournament showdown. Powell against Wolfe, in girls action, on MLK Day, was quite a show. But when the dust settled and the final horn sounded, Powell came from behind to capture a 45-41 victory over an old rival.
The game started very slow, much like a championship boxing match would. Both teams trying to run offenses to see how the defense would counter. The end result was a 5-5 tie after the first quarter.
There was no doubt it would be a good game.
Powell took off in the second quarter, pounding the ball inside to senior Destiny Peck. The strategy seemed to work as the Lady Pirates took a 19-12 lead with them into the locker room at the half.
Wolfe must have had quite a discussion at the break. The Lady Wolves came out on fire to start the third quarter. As the third quarter ended Wolfe tied the score at 30-30. The fourth quarter was poised to become a classic.
The Lady Wolves seemed more confident as the final frame began. They began to hit shots and grab rebounds they were not getting earlier. The result was ominous for the Lady Pirates on their home court. Wolfe took a 37-32 lead in a slowed down game.
But then the Lady Pirates went to work. The guards, who had been somewhat quiet, came through with some key plays. Senior Shayla Lindon took the ball and drove into the lane for a quick two points. After a missed opportunity by Wolfe, senior Amber Branham connected on a trey, her second one of the game, to pull Powell closer. Then when Peck connected on two free throws, the Lady Pirates had made the comeback to tie the game at 37-37.
From there it was a battle of wills. The two teams battled down the stretch. A few missed three point shots by Wolfe, who was just 1-of-14 from behind the arc, gave Powell opportunities to seal the win. The Lady Pirates held on for the 45-41 victory.
“It wasn’t pretty, but it’s a win,” Coach Ken Jones was overheard saying after the game.
Statistically the game was just as close as the final score. Powell led in rebounds (30-28), assists (8-3) and unfortunately in turnovers (15-11). Wolfe shot 31 percent from the field (14-44) while Powell was at 34 percent (15-44). At the charity stripe Wolfe was a little better connecting on 12-of-18 for 66 percent, while Powell hit 12-of-22 for 54 percent.
Powell was led by Peck with a game high 22 points,11 rebounds and a blocked shot. She and Brianna Elam played every second of the game. Elam scored seven points, Amber Branham added six, two three pointers, and also played every second of the game. Lindon chipped in five points. Dakota Brown picked up three points, all at the free throw line as she was 3-for-6. But Brown also had two blocked shots. Haleigh Bauer came off the bench to score two points. Powell used nine players in the game.
Wolfe, who fell to 5-8, was led by junior guard Brittany Ross with 18 points. Senior guard Kendra Willoughby tossed in 11 points. Wolfe used six players in the contest.
The Lady Pirates improved to 10-6 after the game. They were scheduled to play Owsley as part of a boys/girls varsity doubleheader last Friday, but the weather canceled that game. They are now preparing to host Estill County this Friday in another district boys/girls varsity doubleheader.
Girls play at 6 p.m., boys at 8 p.m.
By GREG MCINTOSH
The Powell County Pirates dealt with the winter weather this past week. Last Tuesday, the Pirates game at Perry Central was canceled due to the snow. So Powell then focused on Friday’s game at Estill County. Both teams brought a 2-0 district record into the game.
Powell took a quick lead with a three pointer from Austin Napier and two free throws from Adrian Williams. Powell led 14-8 after baskets from Max Hernandez and Tylar Carter. Estill battled back and trailed Powell 18-14 at the end of the first quarter.
Estill blitzed Powell in the second quarter and out scored the Pirates 14-7. Estill took their first lead with two minutes to go in the half. Estill led 28-25 at halftime.
Powell got quick scores from Levi Bloom and Williams to retake the lead. Estill tied the game at 29-29. Bloom hit a basket and was fouled. Bloom connected on the free throw for the three point play.
Estill scored six points in a row to take a three point lead. Then Hernandez made a jump shot and Estill made a layup. Hernandez sank another basket as time ran down in the quarter. Estill led 37-36 with one quarter to play.
The Enginers hit a three pointer to increase their lead to four points. Hernandez got a put back to cut the lead. Estill made one of two free throws. Hernandez hit another shot and Powell trailed by one with four minutes to go.
Estill made a tough shot in the lane to lead 43-40. The Pirates scored quickly with a basket by Williams. Powell got a steal and a three pointer from Napier to retake the lead, 45-43.
Estill missed a shot and Nate Brooks grabbed the rebound. Napier was fouled and made one of two free throws. Estill missed a three and Napier was fouled again with seven seconds to play in the game.
Napier missed the front end of the bonus and Estill rebounded. Estill got the ball past half court to setup a three point attempt. The shot came up just short and Powell won 46-43.
Max Hernandez led the Pirates with 14 points. Austin Napier scored 12 points and Adrian Williams chipped in 10 points. Levi Bloom added five points. Drew Ginter scored three points and Tylar Carter added two points for the victorious Pirates.
Powell now stands at 7-8 and more importantly 3-0 in district play. Powell was scheduled to face South Laurel this past Monday at home. The Pirates travel to Wolfe County on Tuesday, Owsley County on Friday and Hazard on Saturday.
The Powell County Pirates started the 2016 part of the season this past week. The Pirates traveled to Garrard County last Monday. Garrard blitzed Powell and led by 10 points at halftime. Garrard increased their lead to 23 points early in the third quarter. Powell rallied to cut the lead to 57-39 at the end of the third.
The Pirates, led by Adrian Williams and Austin Napier, mounted a huge rally. Powell cut the lead down to single digits. But the Pirates fell short of winning the game and lost 64-59. Williams led the way with 18 points. Napier scored 12 points and Tyler Carter added 8 points.
Then last Friday, Powell hosted Owsley County. Powell led from the start and held a 25-7 advantage after the first quarter. Powell held Owsley to just two points in the second quarter. The Pirates led by 36 points at halftime.
Powell continued to coast in the second half and won easily, 82-27. Austin Napier paced the Pirates with 19 points. Drew Ginter added 14 points and Adrian Williams scored nine points for the victorious Pirates.
Powell was hospitable again last Saturday as they hosted Knox Central. The Pirates got off to another slow start and trailed 42-21 at halftime. Knox Central led by 27 points at the end of three quarters.
Adrian Williams scored 11 points and Austin Napier added eight points in the fourth quarter to get Powell closer. But the rally fell short again and the Pirates fell to Knox Central, 85-68.
Williams led Powell with 26 points. Napier scored 13 points and Max Hernandez chipped in 10 points.
Powell now stands at 6-8 overall on the season and 2-0 in district play. Powell was scheduled to travel to Perry Central this past Tuesday and will venture to Estill County on Friday.
The Powell County Pirates football team made some noise during their record season and that noise is still rumbling into the post-season honors. Powell’s Isaac Harrison and Nate Brooks have been named to the WYMT All-Mountain Team.
Brooks was named to the All-Mountain Third Team Defensive Line, while Harrison was given Honorable Mention as an All-Mountain Running Back.