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.
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