It has been many years since the Lady Pirates have had to worry about seeding for the tournament. In fact, for many seasons now they have captured the top seed by this time of the year. But this season, with all the youth and inexperience, the team has focused on getting ready for the postseason.
But last Friday night they had also hoped to give the 56th District’s top seed, the Owsley County Lady Owls, a good run for their money - so to speak. But a cold shooting night, helped along by a tenacious Owlsey defense, coupled with a disastrous third quarter, ended that hope. The Lady Owls broke open a close game to run away from Powell, 62-41.
The first half was quite a game. Both teams would go on short runs, only to be stopped and watch their opponent do the same. The first 16 minutes seemed to help boost some confidence in the younger Lady Pirate squad. The final 3:30 minutes of the second quarter saw the teams trade the lead six times. The Lady Owls held the slim 27-26 edge at the intermission.
The mood and momentum changed quickly in the third quarter. Powell stayed close early when Macey Howell hit a short turnaround jumper in the lane to pull close at 29-28. But from there the Lady Owls experience and Powell’s youth became quite evident.
The Lady Owls went on a 12-0 run to make it 41-28. Then after the Lady Pirates Kanzas Stephens nailed an 11 footer, Owsley scored the next four points to close out the quarter. Owlsey held a commanding 45-30 lead entering the final frame.
Owsley held their lead in the fourth quarter. The Lady Owls outscored Powell 17-11 and went on to the 62-41 win.
Powell did see a few bright spots despite the loss. The Lady Pirates did out rebound Owsley by double digits (39-29) and had one more assist (11-10). But the field goal shooting was clearly in favor of the visitors. Owsley shot 46 percent (21-46), while Powell went cold at 29 percent (16-56). The Lady Pirates also had 14 turnovers compared to just six for Owsley.
Powell was led by Stephens with 11 points and two steals. Howell poured in 10 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.. Bree Bush chipped in eight points, six rebounds and seven assists, while Presley Hall scored five points and grabbed six boards. Mikyra Caudill scored five points and Hannah Crabtree scored two.
Powell fell to 4-13, 2-3 in district play. They will host Lee County on Friday.
After seven games, 27 days, just short of a month, the Powell County Pirates put a “W” in the column. Last Friday evening the Pirates played host to 56th District rival, the Owsley County Owls. Powell had already fell to the Owls just 10 days before in Booneville, 57-46. But on this night the tables were turned.
Powell using a more invigorated and aggressive play on both sides of the ball, turned up the heat on the Owls. Using several subs and combinations on the floor, Coach Blake Williams seemed to have the Pirates ready for the important district matchup. The result was a 15 point victory over the Owls, 67-52.
Both teams got out to a slow start as the first quarter ended with Powell leading 8-6. The second quarter saw both sides start to pick up the pace. The Owls took advantage of a few Powell turnovers, and the Pirates missed a few fast break opportunities. Owsley outscored the home team by six and led at the half, 25-21.
The second half saw a Pirate team yet to show itself this season. Powell began to aggressively attacking the boards on both ends of the court. The Pirates looked like a machine hitting on all cylinders, spreading out the floor and using good ball movement to pick the Owls defense apart. When the third quarter ended the Pirates led 48-38.
The final frame saw Owsley try to creep back into the game. But the Pirates began to run and the Owls looked a little tired. The Pirates continued to look like the team the coaches and fans had hoped to see all season, meeting every challenge the visitors mounted. The only question in the final three minutes was what would the final margin end up being.
The Pirates took advantage of their new found team effort and toughness, plus Owsley’s limited bench as the final seconds ticked away. Powell picked up a hard fought and much needed win, 67-52.
Powell was led by Luke Pasley with 18 points. Shayden Jones had a great night with 13 points, 17 rebounds, five assists and three steals. Colby Cook tossed in 13 and grabbed 10 boards, he also had three assists. Jace Ware chipped in nine points and dished out eight assists while grabbing four rebounds. Ethan Frazier scored eight points on perfect four for four shooting for the field.
The Pirates 15 point margin of victory overshadows the 11 point loss to the Owls earlier. Unless there is major upset in the district, Powell should hold the number two seed entering the district tournament. The tournament will be held at Powell County in late February.
Powell improved to 4-13, 2-3 in district play. They will Lee County on Friday.
On Saturday Powell hosted the Leslie County Lady Eagles. Neither team was shooting the lights out, Powell hit just 39 percent from the floor (22-56) compared to Leslie’s chilly 28 percent (19-67). But rebounds seemed to help Leslie, leading Powell in that category 44-30.
Powell stayed close once again in the first half, trailing 31-25 at the intermission. Clearly within striking distance, Powell had hoped to come out on fire in the second half. But another cold quarter, as the Lady Pirates were outscored 16-8 in the third frame, became a hill too big to climb.
Powell did make it respectable and stayed in the game throughout. They went on an impressive 13-0 run to open the fourth quarter and make it a 47-46 game with 3:41 to play. But Leslie regrouped and ended the game on an 18-10 run. Just enough to hold their lead and then some, winning the game 65-56.
Powell was led by Macey Howell with 25 points, while teammate Bree Bush tossed in nine points, grabbed eight boards and dished out seven assists. Kanzas Stephens added eight, Presley Hall scored six, Mikyra Caudill had five, Lori Faulkner chipped in two and Kiera Anderson hit a free throw.
Powell fell to 4-12 on the season. They will host Owsley County this Friday in another district showdown. The Lady Pirates will travel to Harrison County on Jan. 29 and return home for a district rematch on Jan. 31.
The Lady Pirates have been steadily improving all season. Just as things were looking promising, the mid-January doldrums hit. And it hit hard.
The Lady Pirates dropped three straight this past week. Two of those losses were district games, so now the young Powell team will have to really push hard to adjust their district seeding and post-season hopes.
Powell traveled to Owsley last Tuesday for the boys/girls varsity doubleheader. The fell hard to the Lady Owls, 66-50. That set up a rematch with Estill County this past Friday in Irvine. Powell had outlasted Estill in Stanton a couple of weeks ago, 52-46. But in the rematch, the comeback fell short. Estill led by as many as 11 in the second half and despite a huge push by Powell that tied the game with a minute to play, the Lady Engineers survived and won 52-48.
Powell led early in the game and held a 17-14 lead after one quarter. But Estill picked up the pace and took advantages of a few Lady Pirates miscues and cold shooting.. The Lady Pirates managed to score only four points in the second frame, as Estill grabbed a 28-21 halftime advantage.
The rest of the game had Powell trying to play catch up. They finally did late in the game, trailing 44-33, Powell went on a scoring run. With 1:26 to play Macey Howell connected on a free throw to tie the game, 48-48. But Estill was able to connect on four charity tosses down the stretch to seal the win, 52-48.
Powell was led by Macey Howell, who played the entire game. Howell scored 24 points, the only Lady Pirate to hit double figures, she also grabbed eight rebounds. Bree Bush also played the entire game and scored eight points, while picking up six assists. Mikyra Caudill tossed in six points, Kansas Stephens chipped in five, Amelia Trent added three and Kenna Neal added two points.
The losses dropped Powell to 3-11 overall and a district record of 2-2. They still have to play Lee and Owsley again, but in Stanton.
If you looked at just the stats, most of them anyway, you would have thought that the Lady Pirates had a bad night. After all when they hosted the Lexington Christian Lady Eagles last Thursday the visitors out rebounded Powell (31-19) and had more assists (12-4).
But the important stats, the field goals made and free throws, as well as turnovers, Powell led those categories. And since the game is actually played on the floor and not on paper, the Lady Pirates pulled off a big win. Powell beat Lexington Christian, 47-37.
The visitors gained a slim advantage early, leading 12-10 after one quarter. But Powell gained control in the second frame.The Lady Pirates outscored their visitors 13-8 with some timely scoring runs. Powell led at the intermission, 23-20.
In the third quarter Powell went on a 10-3 run to set the pace. Despite a little slowdown late in the period, the Lady Pirates grabbed a 33-25 advantage entering the final frame.
From there the Lady Pirates just outpaced the Lady Eagles in a tight, back-and-forth game. When the final horn sounded, Powell had picked up the double digit victory, 47-37
Powell was led by a trio of Lady Pirates. Bree Bush, who played he entire game, score 12 points on the evening and six assists. Kaelyn Neal and Kanzas each tossed in 11points. Macey Howell chipped in eight points and led on the boards with 10 rebounds. Mikyra Caudill added four points and Cloe Grater nailed a charity toss in the game.
Powell improved to 4-9 on the season. They will travel to Owsley County on Jan. 14 to take part in a boys/girls varsity district doubleheader.
The Lady Pirates took to the road again this past Monday to play the Menifee CountyLady Wildcats. Despite a good start and a couple of runs, Powell came up a little short in Frenchburg. Menifee won a close one, 65-58.
The two teams opened up pretty even, but the home team took a small leave after one quarter of play, 20-13. Menifee then went on a 13-0 run to grab a sizable advantage at 33-13, with just under half of the quarter to play. Powell then went on a run as well to add some spark to the contest. By time the halftime horn sounded, Powell matched Menifee’s scoring output in the quarter. But Menifee held a 37-30 lead.
Both teams battled in the second half, as each aqua went on scoring runs. The Lady Pirates mounted comeback, after comeback. But they could not seem to overcome the Lady Wildcats attack. When the final buzzer went off, Menifee held on for a 65-58 win. The seven point advantage seemed to have stayed place the entire game.
Powell was led by Macie Howell with 22 points and eight boards. Bree Bush tossed 19 points and dished out five assists. Mikyra Caudill scored seven points, Kanzas Stephens chipped in six, while Cloe Grater and Hannah Crabtree added two points.
Powell fell to 3-9 on the season.
Powell was set to play Lexington Christian on Jan. 9. They follow that with two straight district games on the road. The Lady Pirates travel to Owsley County on Jan. 14 and Estill County on Jan. 17.
The young Pirates hardwood team has had a really rough start to this season. But with the New Year they were hoping for a fresh start. Standing in the way was a matchup with 56th District rival and neighbor, the Estill County Engineers in Stanton last Friday. Powell started sharp, but the Engineers rolled to their biggest victory in Stanton in decades, winning easily 65-34.
The Pirates scored first only to see Estill take off on a 9-0 run. Following a Powell time out, the Pirates made a slow climb back into the game. The Pirates rattled off seven straight to end the quarter. The score was 9-0 in what is basically Estill’s type of game, low scoring affairs.
Early in the second quarter the Engineers went on another seven point run. The Pirates managed to score a quick four points, but the Engineers took advantage of Pirates miscues and pressuring themselves into turnovers. By time the halftime horn sounded, Estill enjoyed a 23-14 lead.
The third quarter saw a series of Engineer scoring runs. Powell tried to answer, but it was all Engineers throughout the quarter and the second half. Estill entered the final frame leading 41-25, then outscored the home team 24-9 in the fourth. Estill steamrolled to an easy 65-34 win.
The Pirates were led by Luke Pasley with 11 points. Nikolai Wright came off the bench to score seven points, including couple of three pointers. Shayden Jones tossed in five points Evan Frazier and Jace Ware each scored a trey, while Chandler Congleton scored three points. Ryan Graham and Colby Cook each hit a charity toss to round out the scoring.
The very next afternoon Powell hosted Leslie County. The outcome was not much better. The Pirates fell to the Eagles, 60-44.
Powell fell to 2-7 on the season. The Pirates traveled to Winchester to take on George Rogers Clark this past Tuesday and on Saturday they will sail into Anderson County. This coming Tuesday they travel to Booneville to play Owsley County.
Anytime two district rivals like Powell and Estill meet up, even if the home courts had to be changed, you can just about bet the game can become a classic. The Lady Pirates-Lady Engineer game last Friday in Stanton lived up to that hype. Like the ebb and flow of the tide, the lead swung back-and-forth, but a late surge by the Lady Pirates helped Powell earn a 52-46 victory.
The Lady Pirates jumped out to a 7-0 lead and held on to an 11-6 lead after one quarter. The second quarter saw Estill go on a 17-2 run to grab a 23-13 advantage. Both teams put on a furious show of one-upmanship.
Estill pushed their lead out to 27-17 with the running out in the half. But Kiera Anderson, who was enjoying her birthday, had the best play of the first half. As time was running out Anderson nailed a 27 foot three pointer at the buzzer. Estill led at the intermission, 27-20.
The third quarter was once again a see-saw battle. Both teams took advantage of some rushed shots and turnovers from the other squad. The two rivals made it clear that the game would go down to the wire, as Powell grabbed a 37-33 lead at the end of the quarter.
The final frame was an old fashioned barn burner. Estill fought back, as Powell put on a solid defense. With just 2:25 to play in the game Estill’s Haley Angel hit a layup to give the Lady Engineers a 46-45 lead. It would be the visitors last lead.
Powell’s Mikyra Caudill nailed a quick layup and Bree Bush popped a trey to give the Lady Pirates control. Caudill hit two free throws to round out the scoring. The Lady Pirates prevailed, 52-46.
Bush had a career night, scoring 21 points, including three treys. Caudill tossed in 16 and five assists. Macey Howell, coming off an all-tournament team performance at Bourbon County, scored eight points and grabbed 12 boards. Anderson added three points, Cloe Grater and Kenna Neal each added a deuce to the win.
Powell improved to 3-8 on the season. They will host Lexington Christian on Thursday, before traveling to Owsley County on Tuesday for another boys/girls district doubleheader.
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