By GREG MCINTOSH
It was a game to remember.
Last Friday, Powell County faced off against Estill County at the Rodney T. Clark Memorial Gymnasium. The game proved to be well worth the price of admission, as the Pirates and the Engineers battled in one of the year’s best games.
The first quarter was fast and furious, as the Pirates pounded the ball inside against the Engineers. Estill County’s defense rose to the occasion and they lead by one point at the end of the first period. The second quarter was a defensive struggle as neither team could take the lead by more than two points. Estill County led at the half 28 – 26. The third period was a carbon copy of the second as the game was tied five times. Morgan Reed hit a three pointer late in the quarter to put Powell County in front 42 -40 after three quarters.
The fourth quarter was a dozy Kenton Roberts of Estill County and Reed of Powell County each hit two three pointers in the quarter. Powell led by two points with less than 30 seconds to play, but Estill’s Roberts scored to tie the game and sent it to overtime.
Overtime was just as exciting. Both teams held the lead briefly. The score was tied at 70 with only five seconds to play and it looked like another overtime was to follow. Powell County inbounded the ball to Reed in the backcourt. Reed drove the ball up the left side of the floor for a last second shot, as he approached mid-court, he was bumped by Estill’s Roberts and a foul was called. Reed stepped to the line with only 1.4 seconds remaining and drained both free throws. The Engineers got off a desperation shot at the buzzer but it was just short. Powell County escaped with the 72-70 victory.
Powell County was led in scoring by Morgan Reed with 21 points, Carlisle Creech had 14 points, Donovan Nolan had 12 points, Jacob Conner had 12 points and Christian Brewer had 11 points. Ryan Goodwin scored two points and Austin Monnett scored one point for the Pirates.
“I am very proud of our effort tonight and all of our starters scored in double figures,” Head Coach Brian Hall said after the Pirates victory. “Estill County has really improved and both teams gave their best effort out on the floor tonight,” Hall said. Estill County was led by Kenton Roberts with 26 points and Devin Doty with 14 points. Powell went to 3-0 in district play.
The Pirates spent last Saturday night on the road traveling to Knott County Central to play the Patriots. Knott Central is coached by former Powell County coach Dave Fraley and they are one of the favorites to win the 14th Region title. Powell County was coming off an emotional win against Estill County the night before and a long bus ride. The Pirates once again started off slowly and trailed 47-26 at halftime. The second half was a little better for the Pirates but Knott Central cruised to an 89-64 victory.
Powell County was led in scoring by Christian Brewer with 25 points and Carlisle Creech with 13 points. Jacob Conner had seven points, Trey Marcum had five points, Austin Monnett scored five points and Donovan Nolan scored three points. Morgan Reed, Joe Scott and Ryan Goodwin had two points each in the loss.
The Powell Pirates traveled to Wolfe County last Monday to take on the Wolves in what used to be one of the most heated rivalries in Eastern Kentucky. Five years ago, Wolfe County moved to the 55th District and things now are a lot more civil between the two teams.
The Pirates again started off slow on the road trailing 20-17 after the first quarter. The Wolves led by six points midway through the second quarter but the Pirates began bombing three pointers and went on an 18-3 run to take the lead 43-34 at the halftime break.
The Pirates lead was short lived. Wolfe County outscored the Pirates 15-3 to start the third quarter. The Wolves led after three quarters 61-59. The game was close with only four minutes remaining Wolfe County led 67-65. and the Pirates went stone cold. Powell County could only manage six more points in the final four minutes and Wolfe County won going away 85-71.
The Pirates were led in scoring by Morgan Reed with 20 points, Donovan Nolan with 17 points and Christian Brewer with 15 points. Jacob Conner had 4 points and Austin Monnett, Henry Parks and Joe Scott each had 2 points in the Pirates losing effort. Wolfe County was led in scoring by eighth grader Trenton Gilbert who had 24 points.
The Pirates record goes to 10 – 5 for the season. They will be back in action Friday night at Menifee County.