The new high school season is well underway and the Pirates have already tied their win total for last season. Coming off a 67-55 win at Jackson City last Tuesday, Powell hosted the Cordia Lions last Friday looking for a big win. Powell blew out to 20 point lead, but had to hold on win 73-62.
Both teams started a little slow, but the Pirates took off in the first quarter. Carlisle Creech got hot and scored off some steals to help push Powell up 20-7 when the quarter ended. The Lions then went on a 10-0 run to open the second period. Holding a slim 20-17 lead, the Pirates went on a 16-8 run of their own. Creech and Christian Brewer led the charge, while a three pointer by Cody Morton off the bench boosted the lead to 32-21. Powell held that lead at the half, 36-25.
Powell opened up that lead as the second half got underway. A fast break layup by Creech at the 1:45 mark of the third quarter gave the Pirates a 56-36 advantage. A late flurry by the Lions made it 58-43 as the final frame got underway. The Lions were able to pull to within nine on a couple of occasions, but Brewer helped to pace the Pirates, as the defense began to take control of the boards late in the game. Powell held on to win, 73-62.
Powell was led by Brewer with a game high 26 points and Creech poured in 22 points. Donovan Nolan, a work horse in the lane, pumped in 10 for the home team. The Lions were led by Matt Stacy and Roscoe Montgomery with 14 points each. Adam Spencer added 12 and Marcus Sumner chipped in 11 for the Cordia.
In the JV game Powell held a commanding 24-7 halftime lead. The younger Pirates cruised to the 52-42 victory. The game saw just about every Powell player getting a chance to play and shine. Trey Marcum led Powell with 17 points and Aaron Townsend with 11. Seven Pirates made it into the scoring column. Cordia was led by Jon Stacy with 20 and Marcus Sumner with 11.
Powell played in the Shriners’ Classic at Wolfe County last Saturday afternoon. The Pirates ran into a more experienced and bigger team in Harlan County. The result was a disappointing 76-42 loss.
Powell, 2-1, will host Bracken County on Saturday on the Bill Orme Court. Game times are 5:30 p.m. for the JV game and 7 p.m. for varsity play.