By James Cook, Times Editor
The Powell County Lady Pirates finally got to hit the hardwoods again following all the snow and bad roads. They hosted the Lady Owls of Owsley County. And though they started out a little cold, things heated up as Powell rolled to the 61-46 win last Friday night.
The two teams just sort of tried to get back into the swing of things early on. Powell looked a little rusty, but was able to jump out to a 31-20 halftime lead after warming up. The second half became more heated.
The Lady Owls took advantage of the Lady Pirates lack of playing time over the past two weeks. The visitors outscored Powell 18-17 in the third quarter. But Powell still held a commanding lead and tempers began to flare.
A technical foul was called on Owsley’s Ashlea Allen after a hard foul on Powell’s Meghan Mays a pushing match ensued. Later in the final frame another technical was called, this time on Owsley Coach Paul Green. The Lady Pirates took advantage of the emotions and won going away, 61-46.
Powell Coach Ken Jones noticed the difference in this game and the one played in Booneville earlier this season. “A lot different from the double-overtime game in Booneville. I thought the girls did a great job after a two-week layoff from games due to the weather,” he said. “They worked hard in practice to stay sharp, everybody contributed. Taylor (Atkinson) did a good job running the floor; Meghan (Mays) and Kelly (Gibson) played tough defense, and Kelly pulled in 10 rebounds.”
Powell’s inside game was strong too. “Stevie (Rogers) had 25 points to lead us in scoring, Kendra (McFarland) had another double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds, and the subs did a good job coming off the bench,” Jones added. “Now we’ve got to keep the momentum going with four games both this week and next.”
Powell was led by Rogers with 25 and McFarland with 21. The Lady Pirates improved to 6-1-4, 2-0 in district play. Owsley was led by Peyton Wright with 18 and Mika Turner with 17 points. The Lady Owls fell to 6-6 and 1-2 in the district.
On Monday Powell hit the road to play the Wolfe County Lady Wolves. Rogers and McFarland each scored 23 points apiece to pace the Powell team to a 83-55 victory. The JV Lady Pirates beat their Wolfe County counterparts 50-25 thanks to a 12 point performance by eighth grader Erica Rogers. They are now 4-0.
Powell traveled to Knott Central on Tuesday. They return home to play Estill tonight (Thursday) and will host West Jessamine on Saturday.
Times Reporter Kayla Mays contributed to this story.