The Lady Pirates took on East Jessamine Lady Jaguars in the second round of the BSN Holiday Classic at Bourbon County last Saturday (Dec, 28). East Jessamine grabbed a 36-25 halftime lead, then built up a huge 56-18 lead entering the final frame. Powell made a hard run, outscoring the Lady Jaguars 22-8. But was not enough, as East Jessamine won 64-50.
On paper, the game looked like it should have been closer. Powell shot 43 percent to their opponents 48 percent from the field. Free throws were in favor of the Lady Jaguars, as they hit 61 percent (11-18) to Powell’s 52 percent (12-23). Powell was also out rebounded 32-22. The Lady Pirates were only able to pick up six offensive boards in the game.
The Lady Pirates were led by Macey Howell with 19 points and 11 boards. Bree Bush, who played the entire game, tossed in 15 points. Mikyra Caudill, who also played the entire game, scored six points, Kanzas Stephens also scored six. Lorri Faulkner scored three points and Kenna Neal nailed a free throw to round out the scoring.
The Powell County Lady Pirates closed out their holiday tournament taking on the Lexington Lafayette Lady Generals as they hit the hardwood on Sunday (Dec. 29). Both teams were hoping to salvage a win from the BSN Holiday Classic at Bourbon County. Both teams played good enough to win, but a late charge by the Lady Generals helped them to beat Powell, 57-55.
The two teams matched up pretty well early on. When the horn sounded to close out the first quarter, nothing had been settled as the score stood at 17-17. Powell was able to grab a slight lead in the second frame and led at the half, 30-27.
The two teams continued to go back-and-forth throughout the third quarter. The Lady Generals did manage to go on a run and take a 45-40 lead as the game entered the final frame. Lafayette opened up their lead as they went on a 9-0 run in the fourth quarter to lead 54-40 with 3:08 to play.
Powell mounted their comeback run. The LadyPirates went on 15-3 run, but there was just not enough time left. Powell fell just a little short, in a hard fought game, 57-55.
Powell was led by a trio of Lady Pirates. Macey Howell poured in 25 points, while Bree Bush fired in 12 and Mikyra Caudill tossed in 10 for the Powell squad. Kanzas Stephens and Cloe Grate each scored three points. Kiera Anderson added two points to the cause. Bush and Grater each had four assists as well.
Howell was named to the all-tournament team as she made her first appearances coming off the injured list.
Powell fell to 2-8 on the season. They will host Estill County in a district showdown on Friday (Jan. 3).
The Powell County Lady Pirates have never been shy about playing in a holiday tournament, so this year was no exception. Powell sailed into Bourbon County for the BSN Holiday Classic two days after Christmas to take on the host team, the Bourbon Lady Colonels. Despite a strong opening, an 18-0 run in the second quarter by their hosts, Powell fell to Bourbon 58-46.
The two teams opened up battling back-and-forth, but the Lady Colonels held a slight 14-10 lead after the first quarter. Bourbon pushed the lead out to three early in the second frame. But the Lady Pirates made little run. Mikyra Caudill hit two free throws to make it 18-17 with 6:07 to play in the first half. Bourbon then went on an 18-0 run to close out the half and lead 36-17 at the intermission.
Powell did manage to mount a strong showing in the third frame to make it a 44-30 game. The Lady Pirates did out score their hosts by two in the final quarter. But the Lady Colonels held on for 58-46 win.
Powell stayed close in all statistical categories with Bourbon. However, the Lady Pirates were cold from three point range, hitting only one of 11 attempts for a freezing nine percent. Powell also had 26 turnovers, which was nine more than Bourbon.
The Lady Pirates were led by Macey Howell, back from an injury, who scored 20 points and picked up 15 rebounds. Bree Bush and Caudill each added seven points. Kanzas Stephens chipped in six points, while Cloe Grater and Kenna Neal each added three points.
Powell fell to 2-6, with two more tournament games to go.
When the Powell County Lady Pirates took to the floor against the Lee County Kats in Beattyville last Friday night it was expected to be an easy win for the visitors. After all, the Lady Kats have been rebuilding for a couple of seasons now. But no one expected this type of outcome.
Lee County scored the first two points in the game just over a minute into the district contest. That would be the only time they would be close to the Lady Pirates. Powell rattled off 20 straight points in the first quarter. Then they outscored Lee 18-0 in th second frame to hold a 38-2 halftime lead.
Powell would sail away with a lopsided district win. The Lady Pirates beat Lee 54-11, in what may be Powell’s largest win margin in decades.
The huge early lead gave Coach Ken Jones a chance to play some younger players to gain valuable game experience. It also gave Lee a chance to work on a few things as well. Powell did manage to outscore Lee 16-9 in the second half, but Lee did play better against the younger Lady Pirates.
Powell was led by Kenna Neal with 18 points and eight rebounds. Mikyra Caudill poured in 16 points and also grabbed eight rebounds. Kanzas Stephens added eight rebounds and Cloe Grater scored four points. Ameila Trent, Hannah Crabtree, Kaelyn Neal, Presley Hall and Bree Bush each tossed in to points to the victory. Bush picked up nine assists for the Lady Pirates. Every Lady Pirate played in the game.
Powell improved to 2-5 overall and 1-0 in district play.
The Lady Pirates will take a few days for Christmas before playing in the BSN Holiday Classic at Bourbon County, Dec. 27-29. They will return to Stanton on Jan. 3 to host Estill County.
The improving Lady Pirates took on a familiar foe in the undefeated Wolfe County Lady Wolves on Saturday night in a showdown in Stanton. In a game that was a see-saw battle for most of the 32 minutes, the Lady Pirates overcame a six point deficit to push Wolfe to the limit. But despite the huge effort, Powell missed two open shots at the basket in the paint in the final five seconds. Wolfe hung on for a slim 45-44 win.
The Lady Pirates scored first and held the lead through the entire first quarter. Wolfe took their first lead at the 6:31 mark of the second frame, 16-15. But the home team regrouped and the back-and-forth battle began. The Lady Pirates held on to lead at the half, 22-20.
The momentum continued to swing back-and-forth in the third quarter, Wolfe grabbed a slim 38-35 lead. Powell almost tied it up before the quarter ended, but Bree Bush’s mid-court shot left her hand too late and went through the net, but it did not count.
Wolfe built a lead only to see Powell come back hard. With time running out, Powell missed two shots with just five seconds to play. Wolfe held on for a one point win, 45-44.
Powell’s defense played exceptionally well in shutting down the Lady Wolves top scorer in Haley Smith, who has been averaging nearly 30 points a game. Powell held Smith to just eight points in the contest. The Lady Pirates also matched Wolfe on the boards. Both teams picked up 32 rebounds in the game.
Powell was led by Kenna Neal who scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds on the night. Bush played the entire game scoring eight points and dishing out four assists. Mykyra Caudill added six points and Kanzas Stephens added five. Cloe Grater scored three points, but was a bulldog on the boards grabbing 12 rebounds. Presley Hall came off the bench to add two points.
Powell’s record stands at 1-5.
The Powell County Lady Pirates have had a rough start to the new season. But last Monday they finally picked up their first win. Powell trailed to Buckhorn and in a very low scoring game, the sailed away from the Lady Wildcats with a 38-35 victory.
Powell opened the game scoring the first seven points before their hosts got on the scoreboard. By the time the first quarter ended the Lady Pirates held a 12-6 lead. The second quarter was filled with a flurry of action as both teams offenses picked up the pace. The Lady Pirates outlasted the Buckhorn push and led 26-18 at the break.
The third quarter was once again a slow paced affair as neither team was able to score double figures in the quarter. Powell’s lead was still close, 31-24. The final frame saw a Buckhorn team trying to make a comeback and they even outscored Powell 11-7. But the Lady Pirates were able to hang on to the lead and pick up the 38-35 win.
Powell was out rebounded by Buckhorn 39-28. But the Lady Pirates out shot the Lady Wildcats hitting 32 percent of their shots (14-41) compared to 24 percent (12-49). Both teams were near equal a the charity stripe as Powell hit 10-18 for 56 percent and Buckhorn connected on 11-22 for 50 percent. But the Lady Pirates nailed 2-8 three point attempts, while Buckhorn missed all three of their attempts.
Powell was led by Bree Bush with 12 points, as she was the only Lady Pirate in double figures. Cloe Grater tossed in nine points and grabbed nine rebounds, Kanzas Stephens scored eight points, while Kaelyn Neal added five. Kenna Neal and Mikyra Caudill each score two points in the win.
On Thursday Powell hosted Morgan County. The Lady Pirates have been showing some improvement and played hard in the game, but when the final buzzer sounded they dropped a heart breaker, 57-54.
Powell trailed 34-21 at the half and saw the Lady Pirates start to make a comeback. As the final frame started Morgan led, 44-35. With 3:11 to play Morgan led 54-41, but Powell went on a spree. The Lady Pirates outscored the Lady Cougars 13-3, but they fell a little short. Morgan won 57-54.
Powell, who now has a 1-4 record, was led by eighth grader Mihyra Caudill and Bree Bush. each with 14 points apiece. Kenna Neal tossed in 10 points and picked up nine boards. Cloe Grater chipped in eight points and eight rebounds, Kaelyn Neal scored four, Kanzas Stephens had three and Ameila Trent added a free throw.
They say beware of a wolf pack, they can strike quickly and with determination. That is exactly what happened to the Powell County Pirates when they hosted a pack of Wolfe County Wolves on Dec. 10. Wolfe opened the game on a 6-0 run in the first quarter and then used a three point attack to jump out 20-4.
It was all Wolfe County from there. Powell fell hard to their neighbors, 67-38.
Powell had difficulty with the Wolves full court pass, quickness and ability to control the boards. Despite having eight seniors on the roster, Powell is young when it comes to experience. Wolfe exploited that, nailing five three pointers on the first half and controlling the tempo as well as cutting off Powell’s chances for second shots.
The Wolves led 36-15 at the half and spent the rest of the night increasing their lead. Powell did manage to put together a few short runs, but the visitors seemed to have an answer to any effort the Pirates put forth.
The Pirates had difficulties at the charity stripe as well. Powell connected on just 4-of-18 from the foul line. Overall the night was not a good one for the Pirates or the Big Red Nation.
Powell fell to 1-2 on the young season. Shayden Jones led the Pirates with 12 points. Jones was the only Pirate in double figures.
Wolfe was led by Elijah Tolson with a game high 16 points. He was joined by Jay Johnson with 11 and Sawyer Thompson chipped in 10 points. Wolfe improved to 3-0.
WOLFE 20 16 17 14 - 67
POWELL 4 11 12 11 - 38
WC: Gonzales 2, L. Thompson 2, Johnson 11, Peyton 8, E. Tolson 16, W. Tolson 9,
S. Thompson 10, Mayabb 2, Ritchie 7
PC: Cook 5, Ware 7, Pasley 5, Jones 12, Congleton 6, Barnes 1, Wasson 2
Pirates fall to Tates Creek 85-50
A wave of early first quarter turnovers caused the Powell County Pirates to drop their season home opener to the Tates Creek Commodores 85-50 on Tuesday night (Dec. 3). The turnovers came quickly as the full court pressure defense of the Commodores wreaked havoc on the Pirates ability to get any offense going. Unofficially, the Pirates committed 13 turnovers in the first quarter and found themselves trailing 16-5 as the buzzer sounded.
Things didn’t get much better in the second quarter as the Commodore’s defense continued to press the Pirates. The Commodores caused an additional 11 turnovers and had fast break after fast break to double up the Pirates scoring in the second quarter 26-13. At the half, Tates Creek led 42-18.
The Pirates played better to start the third quarter, having reduced their turnovers and outscored the Commodores 19-18. Their hustle on the boards and on the floor for loose balls, along with their ability to generate some offense was promising. However, Tates Creek led 60-37 at the end of three quarters.
In the fourth quarter, the Commodores went on an 8-0 run to extend their lead and outscored the Pirates 25-13. The final margin of victory was 85-50.
The Pirates were led in scoring by Colby Cook with 14. Luke Pasley chipped in 12 and Jace Ware had 11. Ethan Frazier came off the bench and was a big lift for the Pirates surge in the third quarter. Frazier finished with 7 points. The Pirates struggled with their free throws going 13 of 28 at the line.
The Commodores were led in scoring by Amari Taylor with 20, James McKenzie with 11, and Maxwell Morton with 10. Thirteen players in all scored for the Commodores.
The Pirates were without a few players due to injury and have a few days to get ready for their next opponent as they travel to Leslie County on Saturday, Dec. 6. Powell County returns home for a Tuesday match up against Wolfe County. The Pirates start the season 0-1.
Powell County Lady Pirates dropped their first game of the 2019-20 basketball season to the Madison Southern Lady Eagles 74-39.
The Lady Pirates struggled during their season road opener and were led in scoring by Junior Macey Howell with 11 points. Junior point guard Brianna Bush chipped in 10 points.
The Lady Pirates struggled offensively, only shooting 39% from the field making just 14 of 36 shots. The Lady Pirates didn't attempt many three-point shots, but made two of three from 75%. At the free-throw line Powell County hit 75% going 9 of 12.
Madison Southern controlled the boards as they out rebounded the Lady Pirates 37-12.
Madison Southern was led in scoring by Aleigh Richardson and Samantha Cornelison each with 20 points. Richardson was 8 of 9 in field goals and 4 of 4 from the free throw line. Cornelison made most of her points from beyond the three point line connecting on 4 of 7 from deep range. She was also 8 of 8 from the free throw line.
Kanzas Stevens contributed 8 points for the Lady Pirates, along with Mikyra Caudill tossing in 6 points.
Up next for the Lady Pirates is another road test as they head to Lexington to face off against Bryan Station on Thursday, Dec. 5.
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