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.
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