Lady Cougars advance to state championship

cougar headPulaski County defeated Tuscarora 54-53 Monday night in Christiansburg to advance to the Class 4 state championship game Thursday in Richmond. They will play Hampton in the final.

The game will be played at the Stuart C. Siegel Center on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth
University, 1200 West Broad Street, in Richmond at  6 p.m.

Hampton reached the final by defeating last year’s champion, King’s Fork, 55-49.

In the Lady Cougars’ win Monday night over Tuscarora, Keslyn Secrist led PCHS with 20 points, followed by 13 from Hannah Keefer, 9 from Morgan Vest, 6 from Jaden Lawson, 4 from Paige Huff and 2 from Kenzlee Jones.

The ending of the game was tense. After a Secrist bucket, Tuscarora launched a long three-point shot to try and win it. The shot was off, but the shooter was fouled on the play.

The Tuscarora player, however, managed to make only one of the three free-throws to close out the game to give head coach Scott Ratcliff’s Lady Cougars the win.