By KAYLA MAYS & JAMES COOKTimes Reporter & Times Editor
It was a roller coaster type week for the Powell County Lady Pirates. They started by beating Wolfe County, they had a rough road trip and a district rival come to town. Throw in a little action from West Jessamine and Powell went 3-1 on the week. Their hard play has moved them up to fifth in the 14th Region rankings this week.
Powell traveled to Knott County last Tuesday to take on a tough Lady Patriots team. Despite a stellar 42 point performance by Stevie Rogers and some good team play, Powell fell 80-73. “It’s always a knock-down, drag-out battle when we get with the Lady Patriots. This one was especially a physical game with 61 fouls and 99 free throws (32 fouls on Powell, 29 on Knott), Coach Ken Jones said. “We had four players foul out, including three starters, and two of theirs fouled out.”
“Knott is a good team, rated third in the region, but we played with them the last three quarters of the game,” Jones added. “Their quick start in the first period made the difference. We also need more balance in scoring.”
Rogers added 14 rebounds to her big scoring night and shut down the Lady Patriots leading scorer in the first half. “I’ve said for a couple of years now that she’s the most underrated player in the region, and her absence from anybody’s top 10 list is ridiculous,” Jones stated about his senior inside player. “Kendra McFarland added 17 points, but that was it as far as scoring in double digits.”
The Lady Pirates took on their rivals in the Lady Engineers on Thursday night. The Lady Engineers are the defending 56th District Champions, so for the Lady Pirates it was a big game and they came out ready to play. In the first half the Lady Pirates scored an impressive 41 points and the Engineers trailed by scoring only 18 points.
The night turned out to belong to the Lady Pirates. The Lady Engineers tried to use a zone defense, but Powell’s outside threats and inside game forced the visitors to go into a man-to-man defense. That played right into Powell’s game plan, as they won running away, 76-38.
“The team played really well, especially after having a game Monday at Wolfe and the long road trip to Knott on Tuesday. Kendra and Stevie each had another double-double, with matching 23 point and 10 rebound performances, but the rest of the team did well also,” Jones said. “Our players and coaching staff always get up for games with Estill, but tonight (last Thursday) was even more so than usual. If we can match that intensity night in and night out, we should do well come tournament time.”
On Saturday night Powell once again used their inside game and outside shooting to hand West Jessamine a loss. The game started close, with Powell holding a slight 17-12 lead after one quarter. But the Lady Pirates began to extend their lead and won easily, 65-47.
Powell was led by Rogers with 34 points. She ended up scoring 99 points in her last three games of the week. McFarland added 14, as six others also scored for Powell in the game. Powell improved to 10-5 on the year and after the Estill win hold an unblemished 3-0 mark in the district.