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Lady Maroons fall in first round of region

Mar. 5—STANFORD — The Pulaski County Lady Maroons had one goal in mind heading into the regional tournament, and that was to win. Being one of the favorites in the tournament and facing a young West Jessamine squad had them confident heading into the first round.

That confidence quickly subsided however, as the Colts proved to be every bit as good of a team, at least on this night, as the Maroons. It was a struggle for either team to score early on, except for Colts' sophomore Kimberly Johnson, who scored a quick nine points in the first period. A late three from Madeline Butcher, who was everywhere on the court during the contest especially on the defensive end, gave the Lady Maroons a 21-20 edge at the half. After battling throughout the second half, it seemed as if whoever had the ball last would win this one. That proved to be true as well, as Johnson collected an offensive rebound with two seconds left and put it in at the buzzer, eliminating Pulaski 48-46 in an upset.

The careers of Pulaski greats Sydney Martin and Maggie Holt sadly come to an end, but what a ride it was. Look for a full game story online and in the Friday edition of the Commonwealth Journal.

Jacob Pratt is the Sports Editor of the Commonwealth Journal and can be reached at jpratt@somerset-kentucky.com.