If you looked at just the stats, most of them anyway, you would have thought that the Lady Pirates had a bad night. After all when they hosted the Lexington Christian Lady Eagles last Thursday the visitors out rebounded Powell (31-19) and had more assists (12-4).
But the important stats, the field goals made and free throws, as well as turnovers, Powell led those categories. And since the game is actually played on the floor and not on paper, the Lady Pirates pulled off a big win. Powell beat Lexington Christian, 47-37.
The visitors gained a slim advantage early, leading 12-10 after one quarter. But Powell gained control in the second frame.The Lady Pirates outscored their visitors 13-8 with some timely scoring runs. Powell led at the intermission, 23-20.
In the third quarter Powell went on a 10-3 run to set the pace. Despite a little slowdown late in the period, the Lady Pirates grabbed a 33-25 advantage entering the final frame.
From there the Lady Pirates just outpaced the Lady Eagles in a tight, back-and-forth game. When the final horn sounded, Powell had picked up the double digit victory, 47-37
Powell was led by a trio of Lady Pirates. Bree Bush, who played he entire game, score 12 points on the evening and six assists. Kaelyn Neal and Kanzas each tossed in 11points. Macey Howell chipped in eight points and led on the boards with 10 rebounds. Mikyra Caudill added four points and Cloe Grater nailed a charity toss in the game.
Powell improved to 4-9 on the season. They will travel to Owsley County on Jan. 14 to take part in a boys/girls varsity district doubleheader.
The Lady Pirates took to the road again this past Monday to play the Menifee CountyLady Wildcats. Despite a good start and a couple of runs, Powell came up a little short in Frenchburg. Menifee won a close one, 65-58.
The two teams opened up pretty even, but the home team took a small leave after one quarter of play, 20-13. Menifee then went on a 13-0 run to grab a sizable advantage at 33-13, with just under half of the quarter to play. Powell then went on a run as well to add some spark to the contest. By time the halftime horn sounded, Powell matched Menifee’s scoring output in the quarter. But Menifee held a 37-30 lead.
Both teams battled in the second half, as each aqua went on scoring runs. The Lady Pirates mounted comeback, after comeback. But they could not seem to overcome the Lady Wildcats attack. When the final buzzer went off, Menifee held on for a 65-58 win. The seven point advantage seemed to have stayed place the entire game.
Powell was led by Macie Howell with 22 points and eight boards. Bree Bush tossed 19 points and dished out five assists. Mikyra Caudill scored seven points, Kanzas Stephens chipped in six, while Cloe Grater and Hannah Crabtree added two points.
Powell fell to 3-9 on the season.
Powell was set to play Lexington Christian on Jan. 9. They follow that with two straight district games on the road. The Lady Pirates travel to Owsley County on Jan. 14 and Estill County on Jan. 17.
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.
Anytime two district rivals like Powell and Estill meet up, even if the home courts had to be changed, you can just about bet the game can become a classic. The Lady Pirates-Lady Engineer game last Friday in Stanton lived up to that hype. Like the ebb and flow of the tide, the lead swung back-and-forth, but a late surge by the Lady Pirates helped Powell earn a 52-46 victory.
The Lady Pirates jumped out to a 7-0 lead and held on to an 11-6 lead after one quarter. The second quarter saw Estill go on a 17-2 run to grab a 23-13 advantage. Both teams put on a furious show of one-upmanship.
Estill pushed their lead out to 27-17 with the running out in the half. But Kiera Anderson, who was enjoying her birthday, had the best play of the first half. As time was running out Anderson nailed a 27 foot three pointer at the buzzer. Estill led at the intermission, 27-20.
The third quarter was once again a see-saw battle. Both teams took advantage of some rushed shots and turnovers from the other squad. The two rivals made it clear that the game would go down to the wire, as Powell grabbed a 37-33 lead at the end of the quarter.
The final frame was an old fashioned barn burner. Estill fought back, as Powell put on a solid defense. With just 2:25 to play in the game Estill’s Haley Angel hit a layup to give the Lady Engineers a 46-45 lead. It would be the visitors last lead.
Powell’s Mikyra Caudill nailed a quick layup and Bree Bush popped a trey to give the Lady Pirates control. Caudill hit two free throws to round out the scoring. The Lady Pirates prevailed, 52-46.
Bush had a career night, scoring 21 points, including three treys. Caudill tossed in 16 and five assists. Macey Howell, coming off an all-tournament team performance at Bourbon County, scored eight points and grabbed 12 boards. Anderson added three points, Cloe Grater and Kenna Neal each added a deuce to the win.
Powell improved to 3-8 on the season. They will host Lexington Christian on Thursday, before traveling to Owsley County on Tuesday for another boys/girls district doubleheader.
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
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