Cougar girls advance to RR title tilt

Keslyn Secrist scaled
Keslyn Secrist scored 13 points along with Maddie Ratcliff to lead the Cougars over Blacksburg. (Brian Bishop/PC Patriot)
Pulaski County’s girls basketball team advanced to the River Ridge District Tournament championship game Tuesday evening against Patrick Henry after knocking out Blacksburg, 55-35 Saturday afternoon.
     It promises to be a real donnybrook as the two teams have locked horns in titanic struggles twice this season. Pulaski Co. won both, the first time by a single point at PH, and the second time at home in overtime. So the premier matchup in the RRD will take place a third time.
     “We’re happy to still be playing. We really had a good second quarter and took control. Overall we played well, but I think everybody knows when we meet PH Tuesday for the title, we will have to play better. The intensity will pick up a bit, and we’ll try to meet the challenge,” said PCHS head coach Brad Sutphin.
     Pulaski County is now 18-5 on the season, and Blacksburg fell to 13-10.  The Cougars were the top seed, the Bruins fourth. Regardless of what happens Tuesday, both teams still have Class 4, Region D play that begins next Friday.
      The Cougar gals led 15-10 at the end of the first quarter but turned it up a notch in the second quarter, outscoring Blacksburg 22-3, and led 37-13 at the half and the issue was already decided.
       Maddie Ratcliff and Keslyn Secrist led Pulaski Co., both scoring 13 points. Paige Huff scored nine, and Ally Fleenor six. Emily Prosser led the Bruins with 14.
By DAN CALLAHAN, The Patriot