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.
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.
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