Fire destroys Clay City BP

BP-Fire-picA reported explosion and fire destroyed a Clay City gas station early Monday morning. One of the owners was slightly injured when he came to the scene to check on neighbors and the business.
Powell County’s 911 Center received multiple calls, the first coming in at 12:40 a.m. Monday morning, reporting what sounded like an explosion and a fire at the R&T BP Station on Main Street in Clay City. The station is located across from the Clay City Church of Christ and the Family Dollar Store.
When fire personnel from the Clay City and Stanton Fire Departments arrived the building was fully engulfed. Part-owner Ricky Creed arrived to check on a neighbor. As he walked near the back of the building, some form of flare up burned Creed. Ambulance personnel and police officers on the scene believed the injuries to Creed’s face may be first degree burns. However, Creed refused treatment at the scene. He was later taken to the hospital by his wife.
Before leaving, Creed said as he watched the fire, “That’s every thing I’ve worked for.” Creed was able to turn the gasoline off that runs to the pumps when he arrived, before he was burned.
It took fire officials over an hour to get the blaze under control. An engine company from Winchester was also on hand to assist. The store was completely gutted by the blaze.
Powell County Deputy Matt Reed was the first emergency responder on scene. He reported to dispatchers that the flames were shooting some 30 to 40 feet into the air. “It looked like the back left hand corner of the building was on fire, but not the front,” Reed said. “Then it (fire) just took off, came through the roof quickly and the front doors glass blew out.”
At least one witness, who was not named by officers, reported hearing an explosion then seeing the flames. The state fire marshals office was called in, per protocol when a business is involved in a fire. Fire marshal personnel, as well as the state environmental emergency team were on hand Monday morning to survey the scene.
The cause of the blaze had not been determined as of press time. The state fire marshal’s office is still investigating the cause of the blaze.

Back-to-back Gladiators win state again

GladiatorsOnce again the Gladiators have proven that hard work, determination and belief in yourself, you can overcome any obstacle. The Gladiators can back that up – twice.
The Powell County Gladiators just struck for the second year in a row, winning the Special Olympics State Tournament. It is the first ever back-to-back state championship by any team in Powell history.
The Gladiators went to Louisville last weekend after wining their region two weeks prior to the state tournament. According to their coach/teacher Erica Price, the Gladiators beat the Oldham All-Stars in the semi-finals, 37-30. That set up the championship game last Sunday.
In the state title game the Gladiators beat Muhlenberg Mustangs, 20-16. The Gladiators had captured another state title.
“This is awesome, really awesome,” Price said as the team arrived back in Stanton accompanied by a fire engine escort. “It is great for the kids.”
The celebrating may not be over. The team and their parents are hoping for a pep rally to honor the state champions.

Stanton man killed in Monday morning accident on Hardwicks Creek Road

WreckA Stanton man was killed and his female passenger injured in an accident on Hardwick’s Creek Road Monday morning. According to police, John Travis Briscoe, 29, died at the scene. His passenger, Melissa K. Johnson, 41, of Clay City, was injured.
Powell County’s 911 Dispatch Center received a call at 9:30 a.m. that a vehicle had went off the road, overturned and was in the Red River near where the old Hardwick’s Creek voting house used to be. That is less than a half mile from Exit 18 of the Mountain Parkway.
Emergency units arrived to find a rollback already trying to assist. The truck was passing by when it came upon the accident.
Another witness, along with the roll back driver, tried to render assistance until help arrived. They hooked up a chain to keep the vehicle from rolling into the river.
Members of the Clay City and Stanton fire departments arrived, as did officers from Clay City and Stanton’s police departments.
Powell County Deputy Robert “Rog” Mathews said that Briscoe was traveling south on Hardwick’s Creek Road in a 1994 GMC Sonoma.
“Apparently the tires dropped off the right side of the road and he (Briscoe) traveled several hundred feet before going off the road,” Mathews said. “It looks like he went airborne, clipped a tree and then rolled toward the river.” A tree stopped the truck from entering the river.
“I didn’t see any ice on the road, but the roads were wet,” Mathews, who is investigating the accident, said. “I’m not sure if the speed they were going was too much for the conditions and I don’t see any skid marks. He was wearing a seat belt, but we are not sure if she was.”
“We’re just really not sure exactly what caused the accident at this time,” Mathews said.
Briscoe was pronounced dead at the scene by Powell County Coroner Hondo Hearne. His body was taken to Frankfort for an autopsy. Johnson was taken by Powell EMS to a local hospital. Her condition was not known at press time.

Hometowns and helping neighbors, it is what we are all about

I'm just saying . . .  James Cook - Times Editor

I'm just saying . . . James Cook - Times Editor

No matter who you are or what you may believe, Powell County should feel very fortunate today. Last Friday deadly tornadoes rolled across the state. One tornado hit Menifee and Morgan counties, then continued on into West Virginia, according to the National Weather Service.
That storm passed right over Powell County. Witnesses and law enforcement officials watched as a funnel cloud began to form over Stanton. The storm moved on over the mountian and into Menifee County.
The rest of the story you have heard by now.
I have seen this type of destruction before and I can vividly recall the Super Outbreak of April 1974. I lived in Ohio then and there was destruction all over that state as well.
It breaks my heart to see such devastation, peope losing everything they have. To hear the stories of parents looking for children, neighbors looking for their friends and unfortunately sometimes the outcome is not what they had hoped for.
For a while some of us here waited to hear word about PCMS Softball Coach Shane Trent. He was reportedly in Menifee County in the storms path when it hit. A few hours later we found out he was OK. He was bruised up, sore, his truck destroyed, but he was OK. He was one of the lucky ones.
I have sat this past weekend and pondered, what if that had been us? It could have easily been our community as well.
I was able to take heart in the fact that many of you came out this weekend and collected items to give to our neighbors in Menifee and Morgan County. Many of you have been working non-stop to help. The food, clothing, water, cleaning supplies  and support has been much needed and much appreciated.
I want to thank Ethan Moore at WSKV for allowing us the chance to work on helping those in need. I now want to thank all of the groups, businesses and organizations that are jumping in to help. A lot of assistance is needed for such a mammoth task.
I hope we can continue this in the weeks to come, after the inital shock wears off. They will need help and support for days, weeks and months to come.
I also hope that we have learned something from this disaster.
The first thing I hope we have learned is that we need to, we have to, take the weather warnings serious. Too many people do not and I understand we hear so many and nothing happens. But it only takes one time and then your whole world can change.
I also hope that we have learned how important it is to organize and prepare for just about anything. I have said it before and I’ll say it again, if we could only collect items (food, baby stuff, clothing, water, etc.) to be placed at secured locations around the county to help us if we ever needed it, would be a great plan.
More importantly I hope we have learned that when Jesus told his disciples and others the parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10. He actually meant that everyone is our neighbor. I love the way this community comes together to help in times of need. I hope we have learned that as one we can do a lot of things. But with God we can do all things and that includes taking care of those who need it most.
Thanks for all that you are doing and will continue to do. I’m proud to call this my home, because your hometown is where everyone may know your business but they also know how to help when you need it.
I’m just saying . . .

3-08 Obituaries

Ronnie Ison, 65
Ronnie Ison, 65, of Kendall Springs Road, Owingsville, passed away Thursday, March 1, 2012 at the University of Kentucky Medical Center. He was a farmer and a member of the North Side Church of God.
He is survived by one son, Ronnie Lee Ison of Clay City and one granddaughter. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, March 6 at North Side Church of God in Owingsville. Burial followed in the Norris Cemetery in Salt Lick.
Pallbearers were Lee Ison, William Shuler, Ricky Shuler, Sal Anaya, Norman Crouch and Alferdo Noriega.  Arrangements by Grayson Funeral Home Inc. http://www.graysonfuneralhome.net/

Betty O’Hair, 71
Betty Maria (Haggard) O’Hair, 71, passed away peacefully Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012 at the Saint Joseph Hospital in Lexington.
Betty was born in Winchester, Clark County on Dec. 10, 1940, a daughter of the late Thomas and Mavis (Huff) Haggard. She was a retired State Social Worker, attended the Zoe Church of God in Beattyville, and loved being with her family and friends.
She is survived by one daughter; Libby Jo Bowman of Beattyville, one son; Linville (Kim) O’Hair, Jr. of Irvine, two brothers; James David Haggard of Marion, IN and Michael Faulkner of Lexington; two sisters; Joan Basham of Louisville and Modena Daily of Austin, TX; four grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and many other loving family members and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and one son; John Taylor O’Hair.
Funeral Services were held at the Booneville Funeral Home, Booneville on Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012 with Pastor James Harold Combs, and Reverend J. Jamison Brunk officiating. Betty was laid to rest next to her son, in the Salem Church Cemetery located in Estill County. To leave the family a special message visit www.boonevillekyfuneralhome.com. The Booneville Funeral Home was in charge of all arrangements.
Pallbearers were Jeff Combs, Joe Powell, Frank Kincaid Jr., Darrell O’Hair, James Rogers, and Dwight O’Hair.
Honorary Pallbearers were Tony Hobbs, Harold Terry, Ronnie Stewart, and David O’Hair.

Lisa G. Sexton, 47
Lisa Gail Sexton, 47 of Winchester, wife of Tony R. Sexton, passed away on Sunday, March 4, 2012 at the UK Medical Center in Lexington. She was born in Winchester on Dec. 1, 1964 to the late Carl and Margaret Banks Jackson. She was a homemaker and a member of the Lighthouse Church of God.
In addition to her husband, survivors include a daughter, Margaret L. Sexton Branham; son, Tony R. Sexton Jr.; daughter-in-law, Latosha K. Sexton; 11 grandchildren, Billy C. King Jr., Mackenzie L. Branham, Madison R. Branham, Alexis K. Strange, Katlyn N. Sexton, Tony R. Sexton III, Thomas J. Sexton, Justin B. Sexton, Jacob P. Sexton, Tyler J. Gentry, and Sandy L. Dunn; brother, Thomas D. Jackson; and sister, Brenda L. Jackson. She was preceded in death by a brother, James E. Banks.
Funeral services were conducted on Wednesday, March 7 at Scobee Funeral Home by Rev. Ryan Dotson. Burial was in the Winchester Cemetery. Pallbearers were James W. Banks, Carl L. Banks, Duane A. Holder, Michael D. McIntosh, Christopher H. Gibson, and Jeremy D. Miller.
The online guestbook is available at www.ScobeeFuneralHome.com and the 24 hour Funeral Information Telephone Line can be reached by calling 859-744-2122.

Arthur R. Stamper, 52
Arthur Ray Stamper, 52, of 54 Stokley Road, Clay City, died Sunday March 4, 2012 at the University of Kentucky Medical Center.
He is survived by his life partner, Nora Sparkman of Clay City and two daughters, Faye Howell and Marvell Smith of Clay City. In addition he is survived by four brothers, JC Stamper of Macy Indiana, Jimmy Stamper of Irvine, David Stamper of Georgetown and James Stamper of Indiana; as well as one sister, Shawneda Crowe of Stanton; along with six grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. In Lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made payable to Grayson Funeral Home to help cover the cost of services.  Arrangements by Grayson Funeral Home Inc of Clay City. http://www.graysonfuneralhome.net

3-08 Church News

Gospel Singing
The Green Meadows Gospel Music Association will be having a meeting for this area at Michael’s Restaurant Ravenna on March 10 at 6 p.m. Our featured group will be The Trinity Heirs and other featured singers will be Isaiah’s Cry, Revelation 411, Bound for Glory, and Kenny, Becky Mabry and Viola Little. Come enjoy some great food and fellowship while you listen to some good gospel music. Please feel free to invite your pastor and other church members to come. For more information call: (270)775-5431 or truesong@mrtc.com

Revival
There will be revival services at Full Gospel Evangelistic Ministry Church, 1972 Winchester Road, Irvine, beginning Wednesday, March 7 through Saturday, March 10. Services will begin at 7 p.m. each night. Featured evangelist will be Sister Vonda Bishop. Pastor Collins welcomes everyone.

Mark Bishop in Concert
On Sunday, March 11 at 11 a.m., acclaimed gospel music singer and songwriter, Mark Bishop, will be in concert during the morning worship service at Torrent First Church of God. A noon meal will be served immediately following the music program. It will be a good time of Christian fellowship and an opportunity to meet Mark Bishop. The church is located at 1350 Highway 11, six miles south of Natural Bridge State Park. For more information call 606-668-3524.

Special Singing
There will be a special singing featuring Marvin Powell and Bill Curtis at the El Bethel United Methodist Church in Goff Corner on Sunday, March 11 at 6 p.m.

Prayer Task Force Schedule
The Powell County Christians United Against Drugs (PCCUAD) Prayer Task Force will meet at the Stanton Presbyterian Church located next door to the Powell County Health Department on Main Street. This meeting is for all Christians to come and pray together. We name our prayer concerns, pray and leave. Do you have one hour for God? You will be blessed, everyone welcome! The prayer service starts at 9 a.m.

Prayer Line
If you are in need of prayer or need to leave a prayer request, call (606) 663-6172 or (606) 663-6385.

3-08 Community Calendar

Adult Softball League
Boone’s Creek Baptist Camp is now taking signups for their Men and Women’s Summer Softball League. Signups will be taken until April 15. Individuals or Teams wanting to play, please contact, Gale Holbrook, Camp Manager at 859-744-0037 or 859-771-2136.

AmVets Meeting
AmVets Post 67, Clay City, monthly meeting, the first Sunday every month at 2 p.m. Pick ‘n Grin, Bluegrass music free every Friday night!  Bingo every Monday at 6:30 p.m.

Bowen Kinder-Camp
The Bowen Elementary Family Resource Center will be hosting “Kinder-Camp”, a pre-kindergarten transition camp for incoming (2012-13) Bowen Elementary Kindergarten students. The four week program will meet in April from 9 to 10:30 a.m. The program is limited to the first 20 students who register and currently live in the Bowen School District. Parents/Guardians must also attend a “Parent Orientation” meeting on Wednesday, March 21 beginning at 9 a.m. For more information or to register, call the Bowen FRC at 663-3318.

Disabled American Veteran Meeting
The Monthly Meeting of the Powell County Disabled American Veterans Powell County Chapter # 103 is held on the second Thursday each month at 30 Bright Street Stanton at 6 p.m. For information call Joe Neal 663-5895.

Disabled American Veteran Service Officer
The next Disabled American Veteran Service Officer will be available on Friday, March 9 from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the DAV meeting Hall 30 Bright Street Stanton. For information call Joe Neal 663-5895.

Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic
The Friends of Powell County Pets will be hosting a spay/neuter clinic at the Stanton Fire Station on March 10. Advance appointments are mandatory and space is limited. Please call 606-481-9430 and leave a message to reserve your appointment/ Prices are: Male Cat $43, Female Cat $53, Male Dog $53 and Female Dog $63. Annual shots are included in the prices. There will be an additional $10 fee for dogs that are more than 45 pounds. The maximum limit is 75 pounds at this mobile clinic.

Little League Softball Sign-ups
The Red River Little League Softball will be holding sign-ups for this year’s softball season. Girls age 4 to 18 are encouraged to come out and play. Signs up will be on the following Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.:  March 10 and March 17. Sign-ups will be held at the Stanton Dairy Queen. The sign-up fee is $40 and there will be a limited number of scholarships available to aid with sign-ups. Birth certificates are required during registration. For more information call Jim Thorpe at 663-2262 or Arlene Scott at 663-6087 or 606-481-0312.

Powell Republicans County Convention
Powell County Republican Party will be holding their County Convention March 17 at Brookside Cottages, Stanton. Registration for all qualified voters begins at 9:30 a.m. Precinct elections begin at 10 a.m. followed by the Mass Convention at  11 a.m. Any and all registered  Republicans are encouraged and welcome to come.  Any questions or concerns please call Sherri Burgher 663-0514, Vice Chairperson.

GTE/Sylvania/UAE Retirees Meeting
Winchester GTE/Sylvania/Osram/UAW retirees will meet Tuesday, March 13, 10:30 a.m. for their monthly meeting at the Union Hall on Bloomfield Road. Following the meeting, the retirees and guests will gather at Brady’s Hometown Grill for lunch. Brady’s is located next to the Winchester Kroger parking area. All retirees and former employees are welcome for lunch.

Geneology Help Desk
The Red River Historical Society and Museum located at 4541 Main Street in Clay City has opened a Genealogy Help Desk. It will be staffed by members of the historical society and members of the Red River Valley Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). If you are researching your Eastern Kentucky roots we hope we can be of some help to you. The hours are 2 to 5 p.m. each Sunday at the museum.

Baseball Sign-ups
The Powell County Little League will be holding sign-ups for t-ball and baseball on March 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the AmVets Post #67 in Clay City and the Powell County Senior Citizens Center located at the Stanton City Park. Children ages 5 to 12 who live in Powell County are encouraged to come out. At least one parent or legal guardian must be present with three proofs of residence and an original or state certified copy of the child’s birth certificate. The items will be inspected and returned at the registration. For more information call Wallace Begley at 663-0037 or Eric Briscoe at 663-6763.

Powell County Tourism Commission
The regular board meetings are held every fourth Wednesday at 1 pm. The meetings are held at the office in Slade (behind the red caboose). For more information call 606-663-1161.

Friends of PC Pets Meetings
Friends of Powell County’s Pets hold their monthly meetings at 6:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month at the Powell County Public Library.  If you have any questions or you would like to volunteer or foster, please stop by.

Brianna’s Sanctuary Meetings
Brianna’s Sanctuary & Rescue monthly meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on the second Friday of each month, at the Powell County Public Library. If you would like to volunteer or find out the requirements for fostering, come by and join us. For questions call (606) 663-2353 or (859) 576-4846.

Berea Clinic
Berea Health Ministry has new hours:  Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 9a.m. to 9 p.m.; Wednesday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 1p.m. to 9 p.m. Berea Health Ministry Clinic in Berea provides medical care for you.  If you have no health insurance or have lost your job, call the clinic (859) 986-1274) for an appointment.  We are here to serve you.

Clay City Site Base
The Clay City Elementary SBDM will meet the second Thursday of every month at 5:15 p.m.

PCMS Site Base
The Powell County Middle School Site Base Council will have regular meetings on the second Tuesday of every month at 4:30 p.m.

Higher Education Meeting
The Powell County Higher Education Development Board will meet on the third Thursday of each month at the Powell County High School Library at 7 p.m.

Have a little talk with Jesus . . .

Sarah Bloom, Times Lifestyles Columnist

Sarah Bloom, Times Lifestyles Columnist

(This is a repeat of an old column I wrote, but with the recent devastation and heart aches brought on by the tornado outbreak I thought it may bring comfort to some.)
Sunday morning I got up early, well before anyone else in the house began to stir.  As soon as my sleepy eyes cleared I was immediately struck by how truly peaceful everything seemed.
The sunshine was filtering through the living room windows as if to announce independently that spring was officially here.  Whispering a quick prayer of thanksgiving for the welcomed serenity I carefully tiptoed through the house.
The fact that I had six sleeping boys in the basement made the peaceful morning even more enjoyable and welcomed.
I carefully made my way to the kitchen and began my usual morning routine of putting up dishes, starting the laundry and making sure breakfast was set out.
As I filled the dishwasher my mind was roaming and soon the quiet brought back memories of my childhood when I would wake early to find my mom alone in our kitchen.
She would be putting away dishes and preparing breakfast, but it was not the bustle or smell of food cooking that got my attention.
I would always hear her voice before I ever got to the kitchen.  She would be having a full on conversation as she stood alone in the morning light.  But her words were not lost, no they were being heard by the greatest friend we have.  Momma would always pray aloud when she was alone.
Anytime I would hear her praying I would try not to disturb her.  I almost felt like I was hearing someone’s secrets or ease dropping on a whispered conversation.  Her outspoken prayers were not only confined to the quiet mornings.
Many times I would walk into a room and hear her praying for guidance in finding something lost.  Undoubtedly a little later in the day she would be whispering a prayer of thanks because whatever she had been searching for was no longer missing.
Recently I overheard one of my twins happily proclaiming that he had finally found a game he had lost,
“I have been praying to find this!”  One of my other sons immediately questioned the fact that he had prayed for something that seemed so trivial or so unimportant.  I have always tried to stress to them that prayers are not supposed to be selfish such as asking for new toys or unnecessary things, but when it comes to guidance there are really no boundaries in my opinion.
Nothing is too small or too great for the Lord.
When I was younger I would wonder why mom chose to pray aloud, but now that I am grown I understand.  Sometimes it is easy to feel alone even though you live in a house full of people.
Also, there is a level of comfort that silent prayer at times does not allow.
Chalk it up to human needs, but sometimes speaking worries and concerns out loud diminishes their importance.  It’s like unloading your deepest worries on your best friend.  They do not have to respond or have some great resolution to make you feel better.  Just knowing they are listening is comfort enough.
We are blessed with the privilege of serving a God that hears us no matter how we choose to pray.  For that very reason we are truly never alone in any circumstance no matter how large they loom or how insignificant they may seem.
One of my favorite gospel songs is “Have a little talk with Jesus” and my favorite version was recorded by the Statler Brothers.  The chorus proclaims a wondrous truth we should all be thankful for:
“Now let us have a little talk with Jesus
Let us tell Him all about our troubles
He will hear our faintest cry and He will answer by and by
Now when you feel a prayer wheel turning
Then you’ll know a little fire is burning
You will find a little talk with Jesus makes it right.”
(I hope that tune gets stuck in your head!  It is such a happy song!)
Have a blessed week everyone and don’t be afraid to give your inward prayers a voice because you never know when they will send the old devil scooting!

Pirates falls to Buckhorn in semi-finals

Pelfrey-regionThe Powell County Basketball team has exceeded expectations this season.
They were picked as the third best team in the district. The Pirates proved the experts wrong by winning the regular season title and the 56th District Tournament title as well. Powell headed to the 14th Regional Tournament with a head of steam and something to prove to all the naysayers. And they did make some noise beating Letcher, but fell  to Buckhorn in the semi-finals on Monday.
Powell was not given a chance to be there and wanted to show they belonged with the powers of the 14th Region. Knott County Central was the host for this year’s tournament. The Pirates would have to make the long journey to Hindman last Wednesday to face the Letcher Central Cougars. Letcher would be the favorite to defeat the Pirates by the so-called experts.
Both teams looked focused and nervous before the opening round game. The Pirates quickly took control of the game as Letcher missed their first shot and the Pirate’s Zach Dennis scored. After a turnover by the Cougars the Pirates scored again, this time Jacob Conner hit an inside basket and the Pirates led 4-0. Letcher called a timeout and scored on their next possession. Powell once again scored and built their lead. Trey Marcum added a basket and three point play for the Pirates. Ryan Goodwin came off the bench for the Pirates and hit a three pointer and Powell led 17-7 after one quarter.
The crowd and Letcher were stunned that the Pirates really had come to play. Powell jumped back on the Cougars to start the second quarter. Zach Dennis scored two quick baskets before he had to go the bench with two fouls.  He was replaced by Brett Goodwin who took over the game in the second quarter.  Goodwin scored eight straight points and put the Pirates ahead, 31-14.  Letcher Central battled back scoring seven of the last nine points in the quarter.  Powell led 33-21 at halftime.
Letcher came out of halftime and scored two quick baskets to cut the Pirate lead to eight points.  Powell called a time out and settled down.  The Pirates came back on the floor with renewed vigor.  Zach Dennis took over the game in the third quarter, scoring 10 points and getting five rebounds in the quarter.  Powell could not shake the Cougars though.  Letcher continued to keep the game close as Powell’s lead went back and forth between ten and fifteen points.  The third quarter ended with both teams scoring seventeen points apiece.  Powell lead 50-38 with one quarter remaining.
Letcher and Powell battled hard in the fourth quarter.  The Cougar’s could never get the game below the ten point margin that Powell County had built.  Powell hit 10 of 15 free throws down the stretch to help ensure the victory.  Powell won 68-57 over the Letcher Cougars. Powell in defeating Letcher Central had won their first regional tournament game since 2003.
Dennis led the Pirates in scoring with 16 points and Brett Goodwin added 12 points from the Powell bench.  Matt Pelfrey chipped in 11 points and Jacob Conner scored 10 points for the victorious Pirates.  Dennis and Conner both had 10 rebounds in the Powell victory.
Powell advanced to the semifinal round to face the Buckhorn Wildcats. Buckhorn defeated Wolfe County 60-58 in the first round. Buckhorn and Powell faced each other Monday with a berth in the 14th Region Championship game on the line.
Buckhorn took the opening tip and quickly scored inside. Powell missed their first shot and Buckhorn added another basket to lead, 4-0. Coach Brian Hall called a timeout to settle his team. Powell scored on an inside basket by Dennis for their first points of the game. Points in the quarter were hard to come by for the Pirates.
Powell could only manage five points in the first quarter. Buckhorn continued to spread the floor and score, increasing their lead to 25-5 after one quarter. Powell came back in the second quarter with new focus and began to see results. Powell scored the first six points of the quarter to cut the lead down to 14 points. Jacob Conner was a force for the Pirates inside, his basket cut the Buckhorn lead to 28-19 with two minutes to go in the first half. Powell added the final four points of the half and Buckhorn led by the score of 28-23 at halftime.
Powell in the third quarter cut into the Buckhorn led and trailed 36-34 with five minutes to go in the third quarter. Buckhorn responded by scoring 14 of the last 18 points in the third quarter and the Pirates were back in a hole once again. The Wildcats led 50-38 after three quarters.
The Pirate ship was ran aground in the fourth quarter by Buckhorn. The Wildcats scored nine of the first ten points and led 59-39 with only 5:50 left to play. Powell tried but could not get to within sixteen points of Buckhorn down the stretch and Buckhorn won, 67- 51 ending the Pirates season.
Conner led the scoring for the Pirates with 19 points and nine rebounds. Pelfrey added 12 points and Trey Marcum scored six points for Powell. Dennis scored six points and added nine rebounds. Brett Goodwin had six points and Brett Thompson had two points for the Pirates. Austin Monnett had four assists and three steals for Powell.
Powell finished the season with a record of 20-13. Thanks to the players and coaching staff for a great season. We will miss the six Pirate seniors.