By James Cook, Times Editor
The Powell County Middle School Lady Pirates eighth grade team began their quest for a conference championship Monday night. Powell opened the first round of the tournament hosting the West Jessamine Lady Colts. Despite having size in their favor, the visitors soon found out that speed and defense wins games.
Powell, using their trademark defensive pressure to create their offense, blew West Jessamine away. The final was 56-17.
Powell opened the game with a smothering defense that helped them jump out to a 34-2 halftime lead.
Powell continued the onslaught, using some starters throughout the second half. West Jessamine, who hit unofficially on only one of 17 shots in the first half, did manage a little offense in the latter part of the game.
But it was way too little, way too late.
Powell was led by Keely Rogers with 20 points and Erica Rogers added 15. The Lady Pirates had six players in the scoring column.
West Jessamine was led by Ashlee Rose with 10 of her teams 17 points. All of thoe came from putbacks late in the game.
Powell was to play this past Tuesday, also at home, as the tournament continued. Their opponent was to be the East Jessamine squad. East Jessamine, the number four seed out of the north division of the Bluegrass Middle School Conference, beat Madison Middle on Monday night.
Barring any upset, the number one seed and undefeated Powell team could be playing in the semi-finals on Thursday night in Stanton.
That opponent would be the winner of the Clark County-Woodford County game. Woodford County is the only team to beat the Lady Pirates. They accomplished that feat in last year’s first round of the seventh grade tournament.
Powell closed out their regular season by taking one of three games from Estill County last thursday night in Irvine.
The eight grade team took control early with a 17-3 lead, then never looked back as they won, 59-30.
The only drawback in the game was Powell’s horrendous three point shooting. The Lady Pirates were five of 21 from behind the arc. “I told them to run some plays, but they wouldn’t listen,” Powell Coach Sharon Mallory said after the game when asked about the outside shooting.
Apparently they began to listen and when the subs came in for a little playing time, the game became a half court game for both teams. But Powell was too strong, once again.
In the seventh grade game, Estill used a smothering defense to win easily. That score was 42-14.
In the sixth grade game, same type of play from Estill and same result- a win. Estill won that contest 20-9.