Paige Huff splits the defenders to score against Radford. (Brian Bishop/PC Patriot)
By BRIAN BISHOP
In the much-anticipated coaching debut of Pulaski County Head Coach Scott Ratcliff, the Lady Cougars on Saturday beat the Radford Bobcats 53-43 in the Cougar Den.
Cougar junior Taryn Blankenship scored the first points of the game and the Cougars never trailed.
Courtney Crigger came off the bench after Jayden Lawson picked up her second foul in the first quarter and gave the Cougars a much needed spark, scoring six first quarter points.
The Cougars led 14-8 after the first quarter.
Pulaski County led 27-12 midway through the second quarter and it looked like it could be a blow out.
However, Radford sisters Haley and Hanah Whitt hit back-to-back three pointers and Laney Cline added 4 points late in the second quarter to cut the lead to 29-23 at the half.
The Lady Cougars came storming back in the second half as Ally Fleanor scored 9 third quarter points to help the Cougars outscore the Bobcats 17-9 in the quarter.
Pulaski County picked up their defensive intensity and executed offensively much better in the second half. However, Radford continued to hang around during the fourth quarter, but could never get closer than 10 points.
The Lady Cougars play again Monday night at Floyd.
Fleanor led Pulaski County in scoring with 12, Taryn Blankenship added 11, Courtney Cregger had 10, Paige Huff chipped in 9, Keslyn Seacrist added 8 and Erin Russell had 3.
Jada Dean led Radford in scoring with 12, Laney Cline added 10, Haley Whitt had 9, Maggie Tuck had 4, Hannah Whitt scored 3, Gracie Connor scored 3 and Brooke Phillips added 2.
With the win, Pulaski County goes to 1-0 on the season, while Radford drops to 5-2.