District basketball

Lee County put up the good fight against a strong Powell County team, who sports a 19-9 record, but it wasn’t enough as Powell County used an intense defense to get just enough points off turnovers to propel them to the 56th district championship game Friday. The two teams had already played twice this season in closely contested games won by Powell by 1 point and 2 points, so both coaches and teams knew this would be a tightly contested game as well.

Lee County jumped out to an early 7-0 lead but the Lady Pirates battled back and trailed 9-7 after one quarter. Lee County controlled most of the second quarter until the final 2 minutes when Powell County went on a spurt, charged by several steals and layups, to lead at the half 21-15. Powell controlled the third quarter and led 36-27 starting the fourth quarter. That’s when Lee County found a burst of energy and cut the lead to 2 points midway through the period and had several opportunities to tie or take the lead but the ball always seemed to almost go in the basket but take an unfortunate bounce and rim out. Lee finished up the quarter with a 12-9 advantage in the scoring column but it wasn’t enough to overcome Powell and they hung on to win 45-39.

Freshman center Morgan Hinkle was sensational for the Lady Cats, recording a double-double with 15 points and 15 rebounds. She also had 5 blocked shots. Hannah Ross scored 8 points, Kaylei White 6, Sara Estes 5 and Kenzie Slone 5. Macey Howell led Powell County with 17 points.