Zach Travis scored 15 of his game-high 19 points in the second half, Cayden Lancaster also scored 19 points and Carson Fraley contributed with a dozen bakers. Thanks to the Pulaski County trio, the Maroons also opened a close game at halftime, outscoring Somerset 30-8 in the third period, helping Pulaski County to a 71-34 victory over rivals from the 47th District Somerset Friday. night at PC Gym.
And in the process, Pulaski County ticked all the boxes in this game against the Briar Jumpers.
1. PC beat big rival Somerset by a margin of 37 points.
2. The Maroons are perfect, 8-0 this season.
3. John Fraley’s club moved to 2-0 in District 47, claiming their second league win in eight days.
4. And, with 19 points in the game, senior Zach Travis – needing just nine points before the game – joined the 1,000-point club from Pulaski County High School.
It was exactly that kind of night for the Maroons. Pulaski County have continued to beat their opponents this season, and it’s no secret in the 12th region – John Fraley’s club are a strong contender for a 12th regional championship.
However, it certainly wasn’t easy at all for Fraley and his team in the first half of Friday night’s City affair.
Somerset held on from the start, despite Ryan Young’s club falling 10 points behind PC by a score of 16-6 at the end of the first stanza.
Somerset senior Jack Harmon netted his 12 points, while registering just eight second-quarter rebounds, and with Pulaski County turning icy from the field, the Jumpers actually only followed the Maroons in intermission. than three points, at 26-23.
“We came in at halftime and told our guys we were just settling in and taking the punches Somerset wanted us to do, instead of taking what we wanted to take,” he said. coach Fraley after his club’s impressive victory.
“We talked about putting the ball inside and playing backwards, and honestly we gave them 23 points in the first half which we didn’t think was too bad,” Fraley added. “Defensively, I didn’t think we were playing so badly, but we just needed to ramp up our intensity a bit and take better shots.”
And that’s exactly what the Maroons did.
Pulaski County didn’t appear to buy a shot from behind the three-point line in the first half, having only managed two of 11 three-point attempts in the first two quarters of the game.
After the intermission, however, everything changed for the Maroons.
As Coach Fraley pointed out at his club, PC started the second half by starting to play backwards, and that paid huge dividends for the Maroons.
Travis hit three three-pointers in the third period alone, and he emptied another trey in the fourth quarter, as did Cayden Lancaster.
After that 30-8 barrage of Fraley and company in a decisive third quarter, the Maroons had it well in hand, leading Somerset by a 56-31 margin going into the fourth quarter.
And, things have only gotten worse for Somerset at this point.
PC outscored Somerset 15-3 in the fourth quarter, ultimately putting this game on a clockwork due to the 35-point leniency rule. The Maroons ran away from the Briar Jumpers in the second half, beating Somerset after the intermission, 45-11, which opened the game wide.
“We are doing good things, but we have to keep working on some things at the same time,” Fraley stressed.
“I really don’t think we’ve played our best basketball yet, and I feel like there is a lot of basketball in front of us,” the brown coach continued. “I feel like we can improve ourselves, and we have to keep moving forward. I tell our guys all the time that we’re the ones trying to be our best version every day, and that’s what it is. it’s – it’s not about our record. It’s like I told you before, we have 30 practices before our real season starts, so that’s what we’re trying to do. We try to improve ourselves every day. “
Somerset fell to 2-5 in the year with the loss and was trailed by Indred Whitaker and Harmon, who each scored 12 points for the Briar Jumpers.
Pulaski County – 8-0 over the season – will be back in action Monday afternoon at 4 p.m. against Louisville Doss on opening day of The Best in Hoops tournament at South Warren High School in Bowling Green.
Somerset – 2-5 in the year with the loss to Pulaski County – will be back in action Saturday afternoon at 5 p.m., against West Jessamine in Nicholasville.
Admission to the Friday night twin girls-boys program at Pulaski County High School was free, but donations have been accepted for victims of last weekend’s tornado outbreak in western Kentucky.
The total donations collected at the gates of the two games amounted to $ 7,703.00.