Lady Pirates split week with Breathitt, J-City

Sports-Lindon v JCThe Powell County Lady Pirates have learned to adapt and in some cases overcome some of their lack of experience during the season. That was never more evident than last week’s match ups. Powell fell behind in both games and found a way to fight back. But they split the week and learned some valuable lessons.
Last Monday Powell took to the road to play Breathitt County. The Lady Bobcats are second in the region based on their record and Powell sits at number four. So the game should have been a good one.
But Breathitt came out hot and jumped out to an 11-3 lead after one quarter. The second frame was not much better for Powell as they were held to just nine points and trailed 25-12 at the half.
The second half seemed to get worse as Powell fell behind by as many as 18 points. But they fought back hard in the fourth quarter and cut the Breathitt lead to just six pints. But they could not get over the hump as Breathitt held on for the 54-44 win.
Powell was led by Destiny peck with 16 points and Briana Elam with 15. Sarah Spencer tossed in seven points, Amber Branham scored four, while Shayla Lindon and Dakota Brown each added one point.
Powell then came home to host Jackson City last Friday night. The two teams met in Jackson back on Jan. 7 and Powell escaped with a 72-67 overtime win. The Lady Tigers showed that the earlier meeting was not a fluke.
Powell’s big gun, Peck, picked up two fouls just four minutes into the game and had to sit on the bench the rest of the first half. At the time Powell led, but with Peck out of the middle the visitors began to pour it on. At one point Jackson City led by as many as 15 points in the second quarter. They enjoyed a 34-24 halftime lead.
Powell, with Peck back in the lineup and the team at full strength after a lengthy halftime in the locker room, started the comeback. The Lady Pirates fought their way back into the game and trailed 49-41 entering the fourth quarter.
In that final frame Powell continued the onslaught, seemingly hitting shots from every angle. Some key steals by Lindon despite having four fouls, sparked the team. Powell took a 56-55 lead late in the game.
But Jackson City’s Kelsey Taulbee nailed down two free throws to give the visitors the lead back.
Peck then putback her own missed shot on the other ned of the floor to give Powell a 58-57 lead. They would never relinquish it. With under three minutes to play a steal and a basket by Elam, followed by a steal by Lindon and another basket by Elam, gave the Big Red Nation the boost they needed.
Jackson City did try to take back the lead. Free throws by Taulbee and Ashlee Combs kept them close, but a steal by Savannah Hamilton and two free throws by Elam sealed the Powell victory, 66-60.
Powell was led by Branham, who was a silent scorer hitting shots when needed, with 16 points. Peck tossed in 15 and Elam chipped in 14. Lindon added seven, Brown scored six points inside, while Spencer and Hamilton each scored four points.
Powell was set to make up a game at home with Owsley this past Tuesday night. They will then travel to Magoffin County tonight (Thursday).
As for the district tournament. The seeding and pairing were announced on Monday. Powell will play Lee County on Feb. 23 in Owsley County. Game time is 6 p.m. Estill will play Owsley at 8 p.m. The finals are planned for Thursday, Feb. 26. Game time for the Championship Game is 7 p.m.

Lady Pirates claim regular season title, again

It started out as a good week, but the Lady Pirates hit some rough seas as the week went along. Powell totally dominated Lee County to capture yet another regular season district title. But they fell to regional rival Perry Central and to 15th Region power Johnson Central.
Last Tuesday the Lady Pirates traveled to Beattyville to play the Lee County Lady Kats Powell dominated from the start, jumping out to an 18-2 lead in the first quarter. From there is was all Powell as they cruised to the 63-33 win.
Destiny Peck led all scorers with 20 points and Briana Elam tossed in 13. Sarah Spencer added eight, Amber Branham chipped in seven and freshman Dakota Brown added five points and 11 rebounds to the win. Felicia Ledford and Shayla Lindon each scored four points, as Emily Branham, an eighth grader scored a basket to round out the scoring.
The win gives the Lady Pirates the regular season district championship and the number one seed going into the district tournament, with a 5-0 record.  Other seeds may be determined by Friday.
Last Thursday the Lady Pirates set sail again, this time to play Perry Central. Both teams have changed since meeting in last season 14th Region Finals, which Perry central won in a close game.
Powell grabbed the early 12-9 lead, but the Lady Commodores fought back and led 30-26 at the half. Despite Powell outscoring Perry in the final frame, the home team slowly built up a lead in the third quarter that Powell could not overcome. Perry won, 66-59.
The only controversy may have been the free throw margins. Perry’s Whitney Evans, a senior guard, was 21 of 24 from the charity stripe. The entire Powell team went to the foul line 24 times as a whole, hitting 16.
Powell was led by Amber Branham with 14 points, followed by Peck, Elam and Brown each with 10 points. Sarah Spencer tossed in nine points and grabbed 13 rebounds in the game. Lindon chipped in three points, Savannah Hamilton scored two and Emily Branham hit a free throw.
Evan led all scorers with 35 points and as the only Lady Commodore in double figures.
On Saturday Powell went to Johnson Central and ran into a buzz saw. The Lady Eagles, usually strong have struggled a little this year. But not on this night. They jumped out to 28-15 lead and never looked back. Johnson Central won the game, 69-49.
Peck led Powell with 13 points, followed by Hamilton with 11. Amber Branham chipped in eight, Brown and Spencer each added six points. Elam scored three and Lindon added a basket.
Powell was set to play Breathitt this past Monday and will host Jackson City on Friday night.

Pirates dominate Lee, fall to South Floyd

The Powell County Boys Basketball team has been playing their best of the season over the last two weeks. The Pirates and their coaches have bought into Coach Ryan Whitaker’s new defense first strategies. Powell traveled to Lee County last Tuesday trying to continue their success.
Powell scored first on a three pointer by Brad Smith. Lee made a layup and Powell had a fast break. Bradley Cornett’s shot was blocked out of bounds but the Lee player slammed into the wall under the basket injuring himself.
After the long break, Powell came out firing and Lee was stunned. The Pirates built an 18 – 4 lead and was looking for more. Max Hernandez got a three point play and Derrick Robinson hit a three pointer. Powell lead 23 -10 after the first quarter.
Powell put on a scoring clinic in the second quarter led by Tyler Carter with four baskets. Brad Smith hit two three pointers and a basket to help the Pirates.
Nathan Watson hit a three pointer and a basket. Adrian Williams made two baskets helping Powell to a 34 point quarter. Powell led 57 – 23 at halftime.
Powell continued the dominance in the third quarter. Cornett scored seven points and Austin Napier had five points in the quarter. Nate Brooks had two baskets inside for the Pirates as Powell led 76 – 32 after three quarters.
The fourth quarter saw both teams empty their benches and the Pirates continue to increase their lead. Trevor Marcum hit two three pointers late and Hunter Bloom connected on a three as well. Robinson added four points early in the quarter. Powell cruised to victory, 93 – 38.
Thirteen Pirates scored in the game, led by Tyler Carter with 14 points. Brad Smith and Bradley Cornett each had 11 points. Max Hernandez added nine points and Nate Brooks chipped in eight points. Derrick Robinson and Austin Napier scored six points each.
Powell traveled to Jackson City to face South Floyd on Saturday in the Kentucky Prep Showcase. The Pirates offense was held in check for much of the game. South Floyd shot the lights out hitting eight three pointers . Powell mounted a late comeback but South Floyd made their free throws at the end to defeat the Pirates, 68 – 57.
Powell now stands at 10 – 12 overall on the season and 3 – 2 in district play. The Pirates host Leslie County on Thursday night. Powell travels to West Carter on Saturday night this week.

Local ball-handling team struts their skills before Globetrotters

The X-Treme Team performed at the Harlem Globetrotters show last Saturday night at Rupp Arena.  This was the first time the dribbling team from Powell County has been offered such a unique opportunity.
They took to the floor right before the Globetrotters and performed their best performance of the season!  The crowd was thrilled with their impressive ball handling skills throughout their show.  Following their performance, the team took their seats in the stands to enjoy a very entertaining Globetrotter performance.
The team consists of 44 players and 18 coaches.  There was over 300  Powell Countians in attendance to support our hometown boys!!
The team will continue their season performing at games at PCHS, EKU and Transylvania University.  They will end  their season with a performance at the NBA game between the Indiana Pacers and Memphis Grizzlies on April 3 in Indianapolis.
Story by Kristie Marcum & Photos by Vickie Miller

Lady Pirates win tough ones in a cardiac crazy kind of way

The Powell County Lady Pirates have made their recent games a little more interesting. Maybe more than Coach Ken Jones and some of the Lady Pirates faithful care to see. The girls went 3-1 over the past week. That included an overtime win at Jackson City, close calls with Lee and a good Magoffin team, and being routed by Menifee County.
The week of cardiac craziness started when Powell hosted Menifee on Monday (Jan. 5). Powell opened the game with a 9-4 lead, but the winds went out of their sails quickly. Menifee outscored Powell 18-7 in the second quarter to hold a 22-16 lead at the half. Then Menifee kept their roll going as they outscored the home team 31-21 in the second half. Menifee won going away, 53-37.
Powell was led by Amber Branham and Sarah Spencer, each with nine points. Destiny Peck was held to only seven points in the game. There was no Lady Pirate player in double figures.
Then Powell took to the road for a very rare Wednesday night game to take on Jackson City. Powell must have been still reeling from the Menifee game 48 hours earlier. The Lady Tigers jumped out early and held a 33-22 half time lead over Powell.
The Lady Pirates regrouped at halftime. They chipped away at the lead and tied the game up forcing an overtime period. In that extra time Branham scored five of her 16 points, including a timely three pointer to help Powell escape with a 72-67 win.
Peck led the way for Powell with 23 points, followed by Branham and Shayla Lindon with 12. Spencer chipped in nine points, Breanna Elam added eight and Savannah Hamilton tossed in four points. Jackson City had four players in double figures, but could not stop Powell.
Last Friday night, another boys/girls district doubleheader opened with the Lady Pirates hosting Lee County. Despite some tough play from both sides, the score was tied 18-18 at the half. Powell fought off the Lady Kats as they tried to claw out a victory. But Powell was able to hit the shots when needed and shut down Lee’s biggest gun. Powell won a tight one, 44-36.
The Lady Pirates were led by Peck with 17 points and Branham with 13. Hamilton added eight, while Spencer, Dakota Brown and Haleigh Bauer each tossed in a deuce for Powell.
Hannah Kash led Lee with 12 points. Lee’s big gun, Johan Walker had 11 points, all of those scored in the first half. Powell’s defense held her scoreless in the second half.
The win gave Powell a 3-0 district record. All of the other district teams, Estill, Lee and Owsley, have 1-2 records in district play.
Then came Saturday’s game, a home contest with Magoffin County. The fussing, hard fouls, coaches disagreements and fans screaming started with the tip off and never let up.
The first quarter was so intense that it ended with the Lady Hornets leading 4-2, but Powell had been called for six fouls already. But the scoring and fouls for both sides ramped up in the second quarter. Powell survived the frenzy. A key put back basket by senior Krista Estep at the buzzer helped Powell to lead 24-21 at the half.
The third period was a dead heat, as both teams scored 17 points and Powell still held a three point advantage. But the fouls began to take their toll, especially on Magoffin. Powell held on to win 60-55, as the fans and coaches expressed their displeasure at the referees.
Powell was led by Peck with 29 points and Branham added 10. Brown chipped in seven, Lindon tossed in five, Hamilton scored four, Spencer added three and Krista Estep scored two points.
The Lady Pirates  are now 10-6 overall. They will play Owsley County at home this Friday and will be the second game of boys/girls doubleheader.

Pirates bounce back with three straight victories

The Powell County Boys Basketball team had fallen on hard times. The Pirates had lost eight of their last nine games including a tough loss to district rival Estill County. Head Coach Ryan Whitaker needed to mixed things up and he shook up the starting lineup beginning with last Tuesday’s game at Jackson City.
The Pirates had defeated the Tigers earlier in the season but Jackson City had improved. Powell played well with the new starters and new rotation. The Pirates built a double digit lead over the Tigers. Powell led by 15 points in the third quarter. The Pirates got a little comfortable with the big lead and Jackson City made a comeback. The Pirates converted their free throws down the stretch and won the game 65 – 60 on the road.
Powell squared off last Friday at home against district foe Lee County. Lee has been struggling this season with only one victory. The Pirates scored the first eight points of the game on a basket by Austin Napier and two baskets by Max Hernandez. Bradley Cornett and Hernandez each made a free throw to add to the Pirate start.
Lee hit a three and Napier answered with a three of his own. Brad Smith hit a wide open three pointer, Tyler Carter hit a free throw and Napier made another basket to put Powell up 17 – 3. Lee hit another three and Kory Freeman scored a basket for the Pirates. Lee made a two and Carter made another free throw. Powell led 20 – 8 after the first quarter.
The Pirates’ Hernandez made a jump shot and Jonathon Rose made a free throw to start the scoring in the second quarter to put Powell up by 15 points. The Pirates continued to increase their lead in the quarter. Nate Brooks and Mikey Lindon both scored for the Pirates to bring the lead to 19 points. Lee scored the final four points of the half, but Powell led 41 – 26.
Lee scored the first seven points of the third quarter to cut the lead down to just eight points. Lindon and Brooks made shots for the Pirates Smith made a runner in the lane to put Powell back ahead 48 – 33.
At the 4:41 mark of third quarter Lee’s head coach was given two technicals and ejected from the game. Smith hit all four free throws and Powell led by 19 points again. Lee battled back to cut the lead to 59 – 49 at the end of the third quarter.
Lee continued to play hard but Powell was just too much.
Hernandez scored 10 points in the final quarter to help the Pirates win by the score of 82 – 67. Max Hernandez led Powell in scoring with 18 points. Brad Smith added 13 points and Mikey Lindon had nine points. Derrick Robinson and Bradley Cornett both chipped in eight points for Powell.
The Pirates hosted Magoffin County on Saturday night. The game was a close one throughout.
Powell led late in the game but Magoffin rallied to take the lead by two with less than two minutes to play. Mikey Lindon hit a three pointer with one minute to go to put Powell ahead to stay. Brad Smith made two free throws and Lindon got a steal and a basket to put Powell ahead by five points with :30 to play. Bradley Cornett made two free throws and Powell escaped with a win, 59 – 54.
The three wins last week brings Powell to an overall record of 7 – 9 and 2 – 1 in district play.
The Pirates were set to travel to Breathitt County this past Tuesday. Powell hosts Owsley County on Friday and Knott Central on Saturday this week.

Pirates lose battle for playoff spot, fall to Western Hills

The Powell County Football Pirates have made the state playoffs for the past six seasons. This year the Pirates were just one win away from qualifying one again. This past Friday, Powell faced off against the Western Hills Wolverines for that playoff position. The winner would be in and the loser would be eliminated from playoff contention. The Pirates had a nice crowd at home to cheer them to victory and they did not have to wait very long to get excited. The Pirates got the ball first and used their belly offense to drive down the field for a touchdown. Chance Snowden ran the ball in for a 4 yard score and Jake Whitt kicked the extra point to give the Pirates a 7 – 0 lead. Western Hills had to punt on their first possession but the Pirates fumbled the ball away. The Wolverines capitalized with a touchdown to tie the score at 7 – 7 as the first quarter ended.
The second quarter saw the defenses dominate as both teams struggled to move the ball. Western Hills did get the ball near the Pirates goal late in the first half. The Wolverines fumbled and Zach Skidmore pounced on the ball for the Pirates at the 2 yard line. The first half ended with the score still tied at 7 – 7.
Western Hills started with the ball in the third quarter. The Wolverines marched the ball into Pirate territory to the 20 yard line. The Powell defense held as Western Hills made a field goal to take the lead 10 – 7. Powell got the ball and like in the first half the Pirates ran the belly for a touchdown. Whitt ran in on a quarterback sneak from one yard out to put Powell ahead 14 – 10. Western Hills added another field goal to bring the score to 14 – 13. Powell then fumbled the ball back to the Wolverines at the end of the third quarter.
Western Hills scored a quick touchdown as the see-saw fourth quarter began. Western Hills now lead 19 – 14 with 11:54 to go in the game. Powell had to punt and pinned the Wolverines deep in their end. After a shot punt by Western Hills, the Pirates were ready to strike. Whitt hit a wide open Cameron Conrad for a 32 yard touchdown pass and Hunter Wolf caught a 2 point pass from Whitt. Powell led 22 – 19 with just 4:19 remaining in the game. Western Hills ran the ball into the Powell end and were ready to retake the lead. On first and goal from the 4 yard line, Powell held on two plays but the Wolverines score on the third.  With 55 seconds to play the Wolverines led 26 – 22.
The Pirates got the ball and Snowden passed Powell into Wolverine territory with a hurry up offense. After a Powell penalty, the Pirates had third and long. Snowden went back into shotgun formation. The snap was over his head but Snowden retrieved the ball and launched it down field. Powell had a receiver open at the 5 yard line, the Wolverine defender appeared to push the Pirate player and tip the ball. Western Hills picked the ball out of the air for an interception. Much to the dismay to the Pirate bench pass interference was not called and Western Hills ran the clock out for the win, 26 – 22.
Powell now stands at 2 – 7 overall and 1 – 4 in district play. The Pirates have one game remaining in their season. Powell hosts Morgan County on Friday night. Powell will have their senior night festivities as they entertain the Cougars. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Powell County High School.

Pirates bounce Bath in the rain

The Powell County Pirates had lost five straight games going into last Friday’s contest against Bath County. The Pirates defense played well in a loss to Garrard County to give Powell a little confidence. But the Pirates needed a breakout game to get out of their skid.
8th-Lady-PIratesRain had set in on the Bath County field and the stands were almost empty at game time. Powell got the ball first with a kickoff from the Wildcats. Chance Snowden ran the opening kick back 41 yards to put the Pirates on the Bath 22 yard line. Snowden ran for a first down on the game’s first play from scrimmage to give the Pirates first and goal to go from the nine yard line.
Three plays later quarterback Jake Whitt ran the ball into the end zone for the touchdown.The extra point kick was no good but Powell led 6 – 0 with 9:51 to go in the first quarter.
Bath County got the ball after a short Powell kickoff and the Wildcat offense came onto the field. Bath fumbled the snap from center three of the first four plays and Powell’s defense stopped the Wildcats as Powell got the ball on the Bath 43 yard line.
Powell once again ran the ball at the Bath defense. Snowden ran for a 26 yard touchdown to give Powell a 13 point lead after the extra point.
Powell’s defense once again was solid and forced the Wildcats to punt on the soggy field. The Pirates got the ball in the middle of the muddiest part of the field at their 34 yard line. They used the clock and ran the ball down the field. Snowden again scored, this time on a 16 yard touchdown run to give the Pirates a 19 – 0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter saw the Pirate defense continue to dominate the Wildcats forcing another punt and causing a fumble. The Pirate offense began to sputter as Powell was forced to punt for the first time in the game. Powell got another touchdown run midway through the second quarter by Snowden and the Pirates took a 26 – 0 lead into halftime.
The rain finally stopped during halftime as the Pirates were cruising. The Pirates stopped Bath on downs to begin the third quarter but Powell’s offense fumbled the ball away as they were in striking distance of the goal.
Bath got the ball on the two yard line. Bath ran the ball to the six yard line on the first play. On the second play Bath fumbled in the end zone and Powell’s Jordan Rice recovered the ball for a touchdown. Powell led 33 – 0 halfway through the third quarter.
Bath was forced to punt and the Pirates lost the ball on a fumble deep in the Wildcats end again. Bath moved the ball to the 25 yard line. On the next play, Bath fumbled and the ball was scooped up by Jordan Neace of the Pirates for a 27 yard fumble recovery for a touchdown. Powell led 40 – 0 after three quarters.
Powell pulled their starters as the fourth quarter began. Bath moved the ball on Powell’s defense and finally scored a touchdown to put the Wildcats on the board. Powell’s offense ran the ball deep into Bath territory only to fumble. Bath was moving the ball as the game ended. But Powell won the game 40 – 6 over Bath County.
Powell now stands at 2 – 5 on the season and 1 – 2 in district play. The Pirates travel to Bourbon County, this Friday for another district contest. Game time is set at 7:30 p.m. at the Bourbon County High School in Paris.

Lady Pirates gearing up for distrcit foes

The Powell County Lady Pirates volleyball team took tow out of three games last week. They toppled Berea, beat Estill but fell to Jackson City. And now they are setting their eyes on a couple of district foes in hope of keeping their dominance intact.
Last Monday they traveled to Berea to play another group of Lady Pirates. In the first set Powell fell behind 5-4, but caught up and took the lead for good at 9-6.  An eight point run in the second rotation with Timara Crabtree serving put Powell up 20-9 and they coasted home from there to win 25-11. The second set saw Powell’s Emily Watson as the first server and she put in 16 straight scoring serves for a 16-2 lead.  After only a point, Berea gave the serve back to Powell and Tori Monnett served for nine straight and the win. Powell took the match and game, 25-3
On Tuesday night Powell went to Irvine for another district game. In the first set the Lady Pirates trailed 17-14 before finally getting their game together on a five point run to take the lead at 19-17.  Powell did not allow another point and took the win on six straight scores with Haleigh Ritchie serving, 25-18. .L CO.
The second set saw Powell take the early lead at 12-5, but let the Lady Engineers come back later to trail by only 15-13.  The Lady Pirates put together two different three-point runs to go up 21-14.  The two district rivals then traded points, with Powell coming out on top 25-19. The Lady Pirates wasted no time in the third set taking a 10-0 lead on serves by Watson.  Another run with Crabtree serving gave Powell a 14-2 advantage.  Estill came back with six straight, but after a couple of turns, Brooklyn Thacker served four straight scoring serves for the Lady Pirates to go up 21-10. Watson closed out the match with three straight scoring serves as Powell won, 25-12.
Then last Thursday Powell traveled to Jackson City for a regional matchup. In the first set the Lady Tigers took the lead at 6-2 and Powell could never catch up.  The Lady Pirates closed to within two several times in the late going, but could get no closer in taking the loss, 25-19.
The second stanza was another close set, but again Jackson City managed to lead all the way as Powell’s defense faltered, Jackson took the match 25-16. Jackson City took a 5-0 lead in the third set and never gave up the advantage in taking the win, 25-17.
The Lady Pirates are 13-9 as they enter this week’s action. They were scheduled to hit the road again and play Lee County on Tuesday. Thursday night the team is set to go to Booneville for a match with Owsley County. Both games are district opponents. Currently Powell is 4-0 in district play and in control of the top seed for the district tournament.

Lady Pirates hit rough seas, drop 3 at Leslie

The Powell County Lady Pirates volleyball team continued their streak of great play as they won their first two matches last week. But the ladies hit some rough seas last Saturday, dropping three matches in a four game tournament. They hope to rectify that and battle some district foes this week.
Last Tuesday they traveled to Buckhorn and picked up a quick win. In the first set Lady Pirates started with 5-0 lead and never trailed as the host team never put together consecutive scores. The second set was a little close at first. Powell started with a 4-0 lead before letting the Lady Cats run off eight straight points to take the advantage.
The Lady Pirates finally overcame an 11-7 deficit to go ahead 14-10 with senior Haleigh Ritchie serving on a seven point run.  Buckhorn could never get closer than four points at 22-18, but Powell finished it off with a three point run as senior Timara Crabtree served. Powell won over Buckhorn  25-9 and 25-18
Last Thursday the Lady Pirates traveled to Campton to play Wolfe County.  In the first set, the Lady Pirates slowly pulled out to a lead at 14-11 before scoring three straight with junior. Alicia Pelfrey serving to get a little breathing room at 18-11.  The second set saw Powell manage to take a 15-12 advantage and built that to 21-13 with five straight points as Crabtree was serving.  The Lady Wolves came back with a three point run and closed to within five at 22-17. Powell’s Tiffany Flippo, a junior, then put in three straight scoring serves and the Lady Pirates took the win.
The third set witnessed Wolfe County taking the early advantage at 7-1 before the Lady Pirates got back on track and managed to tie at 16-16.  Wolfe then went back up by two at 19-17 before Powell took the lead for good at 22-21.  The Lady Pirates then scored three straight for the win. Powell beat Wolfe 25-14, 25-17 and 25-21.
Then along came Saturday and the lady Pirates took a voyage to Leslie County. It was not a pleasant cruise. Clay County won over Powell  17-21, 21-10 and 21-17.  South Floyd then beat Powell 21-10 and 21-9.  Leslie County, the host team won over Powell 21-5 and 21-17.  Powell did manage to take a win away from the trip. The lady Pirates beat Jackson County 21-12 and 21.14.
This week Powell was scheduled to play district rival Estill County at home and then travel to Garrard County for a rematch on Thursday.