Cougar girls rout Bruins, 57-31

Ally Fleenor had 13 points for the Lady Cougars and helped dominate the boards against the Bruins. (Brian Bishop/PC Patriot)
It certainly was not always pretty, but it was in the end very convincing as the 

Keslyn Secrist added 12 points for Pulaski County (Brian Bishop/PC Patriot)

Pulaski County girls basketball team rambled over visiting Blacksburg Tuesday evening, 57-31. Nine Cougars found the scoring column as the team upped its record to 8-5 on the season. The Bruins fell to 7-5.

     The Cougars opened the game cold, hitting just two of the first nine shots, but Maddie Ratcliff and Erin Russell closed fast for an, 11-8 lead at the end of the first quarter. Pulaski Co. outscored Blacksburg 10-2 in the first four minutes of the second quarter and never lost control of the game from that point. The score was 26-17 at the half as the two teams combined for 19 turnovers, nine of those belonged to the Cougars, but the Bruins hit just eight of 18 first half shots while PCHS connected on 10 of 25. Ally Fleenor and Taryn Blankenship dominated the backboards for the Cougar girls.
    The lead expanded quickly in the third quarter. The Cougars certainly did not burn up the nets, connecting on just four of 12 shots, but the Bruins were a woeful one of 10 and heading into the fourth quarter the lead was 15, 35-20.
     For the next five minutes Flennor, Ratcliff, and Keslyn Secrist dominated the game, and the lead quickly blew out to 25, and everybody dressed in cardinal and gold got in on the fun.
     It was certainly not an artistic success, but it was dominating. The two teams combined for 36 turnovers, 18 each. The difference was in the marksmanship. The Bruins could have broken a chandelier, hitting just 13 of 40 shots, 22.5%. Pulaski Co. was 24 of 51, a much better 47.4%.
    Blacksburg was led by Skyler Prosser with 13 points, and Ellie Gresh added nine. Pulaski Co. was led by Fleenor’s 13 points, nine of which came in the early decisive minutes of the fourth quarter. Secrist finished with 12, and Ratcliff with 11. Paige Huff finished with eight, Blankenship tallied five, and Russel, Courtney Cregger, Ashly O’Dell, and Bailey Hash all scored two.
By DAN CALLAHAN, The Patriot