All of that learning as you go and play your way ready looks to be paying off for the Powell County Lady Pirates. The team pulled off two huge home wins this past week, including defeating a foe that handled them easily earlier this season.
Powell upended East Jessamine, 57-44, then beat Nicholas County 69-62.
The Lady Pirates hosted the Lady Jaguars last Wednesday in hopes that the experience they have gathered all season will help them. After all back on Dec. 28 East Jessamine beat Powell on the road, 64-50.
Powell returned the favor.
The Lady Pirates took advantage of a good shooting night and East Jessamine’s foul troubles. That led to the Lady Pirates stay even after one quarter, 11-11. Powell’s shooting seemed to be more on point and the home team grabbed a 33-27 halftime lead.
Powell’s shooting stayed sharp in the second half, while the Lady Jaguars struggled. The Lady Pirates would end up shooting 50 percent (17-34), while East Jessamine went cold at 30 percent (19-64). Powell’s coming together on offense and picking up their defense, enabled them to beat East Jessamine, 57-44.
Macey Howell led Powell 16 points and Mikyra Caudill tossed in 14. Bree Bush chipped in nine points and picked up six assists, Kenna Neal also had nine points. Kanzas Stephens had six points and nine rebounds. Cloe Grater rounded out the scoring with three points.
Then two nights later lightning struck twice for the Lady Pirates. Powell hosted Nicholas County and once again had a dynamic shooting night. The Lady Pirates shot a blistering 64 percent from the field (25-39) and nailed 57 percent (17-30) from the charity stripe. They even held a 29-26 rebound advantage. That had helped Powell to beat the Lady Bluejackets, 69-62.
Powell jumped out to a 15-10 lead and held a 33-27 lead at the intermission. The second half was a game of back-and-forth. The Lady Pirates held enough of an advantage and Nicholas was cold from the field (39 percent for the game). The Lady Pirates were able to outlast and pick up an important and hard fought win, 69-62.
The Lady Pirates were led by Macey Howell with 27 points and nine rebounds, as she played every minute of the game. So did her teammate Mikyra Caudill who scored 16. Kanzas Stephens and Kenna Neal each added six points, Bree Bush played every minute and scored five points while dishing out seven assists. Presley Hall added four points. Senior Maddie Ovington, who has missed most of the year due to a knee injury, was inserted into the game with five seconds to play. She scored a basket and picked up a rebound.
Powell improved to 6-15 and may be the most dangerous six win team in the region with the way played the last two games.
The Lady Pirates were set to travel to Breathitt County on Feb. 17 and return home for a rescheduled boys/girls district varsity matchup with Lee County on Feb. 19. They end the regular season on Feb. 21 at Wolfe County.
The season has been really rough for the Powell County Pirates. Despite having nine seniors on the roster, they are relatively an inexperienced team. The season has been a way of getting ready for the postseason and a run for a district title, maybe a region run as well.
But along the way there have been a few hard knocks. That was evident last week as Powell went 1-3 in a tough four game schedule.
Powell traveled to Burgin last Monday and held on for a 51-49 win. They were led by Luke Pasley with 17 points. Then on Tuesday Powell traveled to Campton to take on he Wolfe County Wolves. Wolfe, one of the top teams in the 14th Region, grabbed their second win of the season over Powell, 71-44. Powell was led by Colby Cook with 23 points and six rebounds.
The Pirates returned home to play Morgan County on Senior Night last Friday. Powell stayed close for most of the first half. But the Cougars took advantage of numerous Pirate turnovers and cool shooting in the second half. The Cougars won the game, 55-42. Cook led the way again, this time with 13 points. Chandler Congleton came off the bench to toss in nine points.
On Saturday Powell traveled to Prestonsburg. The Pirates tried to stay close, but the Blackcats took off and won the game easily, 66-46.
Powell’s record stands at 5-18.
The Pirates are scheduled to travel to Williamstown this past Monday. They will return home on Wednesday to play Lee County before ending the regular season against Richmond Model on the road.
The Pirates are working like every other high school team in the state, using the regular season to prepare for the postseason. The only problem with the type of learning that a long season can do is often filled with some painful nights. Last week’s game against Buckhorn was one of those painful evening.
Powell stayed close early. But the Wildcats ran away with the game in the second quarter and never looked back. Buckhorn won easily, 87-42.
Powell trailed 14-10 after one quarter. But the visitors went on a big run and outscored the Pirates by 10. The halftime lead for Buckhorn stood at 34-20.
The Pirates tried to stay within striking distance, but Buckhorn continued to extend their lead. The Wildcats built up a 55-33 lead entering the fourth frame. Buckhorn went on a 32-9 scoring spree in the final quarter to seal up the Buckhorn win.
Powell was led by Chimaobi Ajuonuma Creed, who has been out most of the season with a recurring foot injury. Creed led the way with 14 points and 13 rebounds, half of Powell’s 26 boards. Colby Cook tossed in 10 points. Luke Pasley added six points and Jacob Townsend scored three. Nikolai Wright, Jace Ware, Shayden Jones and Preston Wasson each scored two points. Ryan Graham rounded out the scoring with a free throw made.
Powell fell to 4-15 on the season.
Finally the flu and weather has apparently subsided and roundball is active again. The Lady Pirates have seen so many games just slip away, but with each one they have learned a little bit more about themselves. Hopefully that will all pay off in couple of weeks when the postseason come knocking.
Meanwhile, the Powell girls took on Knott Central last Saturday. The Lady Pirates played tough and with a purpose. But the Lady Patriots put together a strong fourth quarter and outlasted Powell, 70-60.
The Lady Pirates jumped out to an 11-3 lead early, but the Lady Patriots then went on an 8-0 run to tie the game. Powell picked up the pace to hold a 17-16 lead after one quarter of play. Knott Central seemed to turn the script around in the second quarter, out lasting Powell by a bucket to hold a slim 34-33 halftime lead.
The two teams played dead even in the third quarter, as the visitors held a 49-48 lead entering the final frame. Powell jumped out to a 54-49 early on, but then the Lady Patriots got hot and made a final push. Powell kept pace with them for most of the quarter, but once they fell behind they only got to within three in the minutes. Knott Central went on to win, 70-60.
The Lady Pirates actually out shot Knott Central from the field (53 percent to 39 percent) and out rebounded them (29-28). But the Lady Pirates committed 18 turnovers to the Lady Patriots eight, which aided in the visitors victory.
Powell was led Macey Howell with 29 points. Mikyra Caudill tossed in 19 points. four assists and nine rebounds. Kiera Anderson scored four points and Kanzas Stephens added three points. Bree Bush and Presley Hall each added two points and Cloe Grater chipped in a charity toss.
Powell fell to 4-15 on the season.
The Lady Pirates have been on a learning adventure all season and last week was no exception. Powell traveled to Harrison County last Wednesday for what would be the only game that week. The flu has shut down play for the Powell squad until Feb. 6.
Powell and Harrison had similar stats in the game. But the Lady Thorobreds hit a six more shots from the field and six more from the charity stripe. The result was Harrison topping the Lady Pirates 63-47.
Harrison opened up a five point lead early, 11-6. But Powell went inside to Macey Howell, who has been steadily improving after returning last month from a leg injury. A late first quarter sot in the paint made it close. Harrison led 15-14 as the quarter ended.
The game stayed close, but the Lady Thorobreds went on an 11-4 run and continued to extend their lead. When the halftime horn sounded, Harrison led 34-24.
Powell played with their hosts, staying close. In fact the teams were nip and tuck throughout. But Harrison slowly pulled away. The home team held on for the victory, 63-47.
Powell and Harrison each shot 46 percent from the field, but Harrison held an advantage in free throws (58 to 44 percent). Harrison held a slight 29-26 advantage in rebounds.
Howell led the Lady Pirates with 23 points and grabbed 18 rebounds. Kanzas Stephens tossed in 10 points and joined Howell and the only other Lady Pirate in double figures. Cloe Grater added six points, while Mikyra Caudill and Presley Hall each scored three points, Hall added four assists to her night. Kaelyn Neal added two points.
Powell’s record stands at 4-14 as the regular season starts to wind down.
The Lady Pirates will host Hazard on Feb. 6 and Knott Central on Feb. 8.
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