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Pulaski wins second-straight region title

Mar. 12—The atmosphere at the Pulaski County High Gymnasium on Tuesday night was the stuff of legends as for the first time for the 12th Region title, the hosting Pulaski County Maroons squared off with the Somerset Briar Jumpers. A crosstown game for the region title? Doesn't get much better than that.

From the get go, however, it was clear the Maroons had a repeat clearly on their minds. A massive 13-0 run by the home team gave them the early edge in the first quarter as the fans and student section for the Maroons were going bananas. Somerset did score the next six to cut into the lead, but a three from Gavin Cook gave Pulaski a double digit lead. More of the same in the second quarter and Pulaski still held a double digit lead heading into the break.

Somerset got their fans on their feet early in the third, as they went on an 8-2 run to close their gap to 31-23. The Maroons persevered through the run though and soon it was another double digit lead for them. In seemingly a blink of an eye in the fourth, Pulaski was already thinking of Rupp with a 20-point lead. Both benches emptied late, as it marked the end of the road for seniors Indred Whitaker, Ben Godby, Colyer White, Jamison Coomer and Wesley Carr. Pulaski's student section rushed the court soon after, with the Maroons winning their second-straight regional title with a 70-48 victory over Somerset.

Pulaski will advance to the Sweet 16 state tournament, where they will play Trinity (Louisville) on Thursday at 6 p.m. Look for a full game story in Friday's edition of the Commonwealth Journal and stay tuned for media day coverage of the Maroons' state tournament bid to come.

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