By James Cook, Time Editor
Powell looks like a different team this year. They have opened with a 3-1 record after beating Richmond Model, 73-69 last Tuesday. So the Pirates welcomed in the Bracken County Polar Bears last Saturday in hopes of picking up another early season win. But the Polar Bears ended up making the Christmas season a good one for them and a silent night for Powell. Bracken’s guard duo of Dylan Hamilton and Devin Workman combined for 35 points as they topped Powell, 68-42.
The first quarter was like a prize fight, as both sides exchanged basket after basket. There were eight lead changes in the first eight minutes of play. Christian Brewer, Morgan Reed and Jacob Conner led the way as Powell held a 16-14 lead after the first quarter ended. That trend continued until Carlisle Creech hit a driving one handed layup to pull close at 24-22 with 3:36 to play in the half.
It was all Bracken County after that.
The Polar Bears went on a 12-0 run as Workman led the assault scoring seven of those points. By the time the horn sounded for the intermission, the visitors held a commanding 36-22 lead.
The second half was all Bracken County. They jumped out to a 20 point lead before Powell got back into the scoring column. Bracken’s size, speed and control of the boards took control of the game. Despite a valiant effort, Powell could not catch up. The Pirates brought in two different groups of substitutes throughout the fourth quarter to give them some experience. The game was decided early in the final frame, as Bracken rolled to the 68-42 win.
Bracken (4-1) was led by Workman with a game high 21 points. Hamilton poured in 14 and Todd Jefferson added 10 for the visitors. Nine players scored for the visitors.
Powell was led by Creech with 13 points and Brewer with 12. Seven Pirates scored in the game. Powell connected on 11-of-25 shots from the field for 44 percent and hit only 6-of -22 shots from three point range for a cool 27 percent. But they were 2-of-4 from the free throw line. One stat that must have concerned the Pirates coaching staff was rebounds. Powell pulled down only 21 rebounds in the game.
Powell now goes to 3-2 on the season and traveled to Lee County this past Tuesday. Powell will travel to Campton to play the Wolfe County Wolves on Friday. The Pirates will be returning home on Dec. 22 as they host Berea.