It was a classic game between two rivals who know each other very well. Powell versus Estill is usually the district championship game, but this year it was the first round two against three seed game at Stanton for the 56th District Tournament. The two rivals split the regular season, so the win-or-go home game on Monday night took on an air of survival.
Powell fought from behind all night. In fact they trailed by 14 with just over four minutes to play. But a late flurry of action pulled the Lady Pirates to within one, before they fell to the Lady Engineers 56-53 in a heartbreaker.
The two teams matched up pretty well early on. Powell held an early lead and the two remained tied for most of the first quarter. Estill pulled away late to make it 14-10 after the quarter. The action heated up in the second, but Estill grabbed control. The Lady Engineers led 24-17 at the half.
The teams went to work quickly in the third quarter. Powell would pull to within four points, the Estill would push the lead back out to nine. It was that way throughout the period. The Lady Pirates would get close, but could not get over the hump. Estill led 38-31 as the game entered the fourth quarter.
In the final frame Estill went on a run. They steadily grew their lead. When Estill’s Haley Angel hit a turnaround jumper in the lane with 4:51 to play the Lady Engineers led 49-35. Then Powell made their run.
The Lady Pirates went to war and created some chaos for Estill. Powell battled their way back and trailed 51-49 with 1:21 to play. But missed free throws and missed opportunities on Estill’s miscues stalled the comeback effort. Despite stalling, Powell was very much into the game right up to the last second. Trailing by three and four seconds to play, Powell’s Bree Bush attempted a desperation trey. But it fell short, as did Powell’s comeback run and tournament dreams. Estill won, 56-53.
Powell was led by Macey Howell, who played he entire game, with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Mikyra Caudill, who fouled out of the game, tossed in 12 points and dished out four assists. Presley Hall came off the bench to score seven, Cloe Grater added six while Kenna Neal and Kanzas Stephens each chipped in four points. Kiera Anderson scored three points and Bree Bush added a free throw to round out the scoring.
Estill was led by Angel with 19 points. Mia Hale, who also played he entire game, chipped in 17 points for the Lady Engineers.
Powell closes their season with an 8-17 record.
Estill advances to the 56th District Championship Game where they will play Owsley County. The Lady Owls won easily over Lee, 63-15.
(Story was updated to make a few minor corrections - JC)
The Lady Pirates have finished a rough season and are looking forward to the district tournament. But before they could even think about that, they had two games they had to play. They took apart Lee County, but fell hard to Wolfe County to end the regular season.
Powell hosted Lee County last Wednesday and the Lady Kats had no real chance. The young visitors were held to just five points in the first quarter and Powell grabbed a huge 26-7 halftime lead.
The Lady Pirates had 11 players in the scoring column and held Lee to single digits in each quarter. Powell’s biggest frame was the third. The Lady Pirates outscored Lee 23-5 in the period. The fourth quarter was played with a lot of subs and a running clock. Powell won easily 59-19 and locked in the number two seed for the district tournament.
Powell was led by Macey Howell with 16 points and Mikyra Caudill with 10. Bree Bush scored seven points and dished out five assists, while Cloe Grater scored five points and grabbed nine rebounds. Kanzas Stephens also scored five pints, Kenna Neal and Presley Hall each scored four points and Kiera Anderson added three points. Carly Rogers scored two, Kaelyn Neal scored two and Cheyenne Gearheart added a free throw.
On Friday the Lady Pirate went to Campton to play the Wolfe County Lady Wolves. The Lady Wolves are considered one of the best in the 14th Region and it showed. Powell was on he other end of the spectrum in this contest. Wolfe opened up taking a 25-10 lead and never looked back.
The Lady Pirates could not catch up as Wolfe pushed out to 45-18 halftime lead. The home team then cruised to an easy 64-24 victory.
Powell was led by Mikyra Caudill with 10 points and Macey Howell with six points. Kenna Neal, Presley Hall, Kanzas Stephens and Carly Rogers each score two points in the game.
Powell finished the regular season with an 8-16 record. They will host the 56th District tournament this week. The Lady Pirates will play Estill County in the first round on Monday (Feb. 24) in game two. Owsley and Lee open the tournament on the same night. Action begins at 6 p.m.
The Pirates have suffered through one of the roughest seasons anyone can remember. Or at least since the 2008-2009 campaign when they went 3-24. But at times they have shown some promise. Last week they ended the regular season splitting their last two games. Powell fought off a shortage of starters and a pesky Lee County team to win going away, 63-46. But then they took on Richmond Model last Friday and fell, 65-50.
Last Wednesday they played host to their district foes, the Lee County Bobcats, without a couple of starters in the tipoff lineup. It was a slow start as Powell held an 8-4 lead after one quarter. Both teams picked it up a bit in the second frame. Powell held a slight advantage late in the second, but a key shot by Lee’s Trenton Combs nailed a baseline jumper to make it 21-21. After the Pirates miss two free throws, Lee’s Zach Watterson nailed a tree pointer from center court at the halftime buzzer to make it a 24-21 Bobcat lead.
Lee grabbed a quick 27-25 lead early in the third before the Pirates went on a 9-0 run to make it 34-27 game. The Pirates began to push the lead out and when the fourth frame started the Pirates led 44-38.
Lee made another run and pulled it close at 46-42 at the halfway mark in the quarter. Powell then went on an 8-1 run, then pulled away to win it, 63-46.
Powell’s youth paid off on this night. Chandler Congleton got the start and made the most of it. Congleton poured in 22 points and grabbed 23 rebounds. Luke Pasley, Shayden Jones and Nikolai Wright each tossed in 10 points. Ethan Frazier chipped in six points. Preston Wasson added four points and Colin Barnes chipped in three points.
On Friday the Pirates traveled to Richmond to play in EKU’s McBrayer Arena against Model. Powell put up good fight. But it was Model who pulled away and captured the win, 65-50. Luke Pasley and Chandler Congleton each tossed in 14 points. Chandler also grabbed 14 boards. Colby Cook added seven points, while Shayden Jones and Jace Ware each chipped in five points. Ethan Frazier and Colin Barnes each added a deuce, while Nikolai Wright hit a free throw.
Powell ended the regular season with a 6-20 record and will host the 56th District Tournament. The Pirates hold the number two seed and will play Owsley County in game two of the opening round on Tuesday. Estill will open the tournament with Lee at 6 p.m. that night.
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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