Pulaski leaves everything out on the court in loss to Trinity

Mar. 21—LEXINGTON — A dream two years in a row. That was what the Pulaski County Maroons were experiencing heading into their Thursday evening contest against Trinity (Louisville) in the KHSAA UK Healthcare Boys' Sweet 16. Most pundits were in agreement that the Maroons stay would be another short one. However, it was apparent early that Pulaski was going to give everything they had. Despite this it just wasn't enough to overcome an athletic Trinity team, as they fell 50-43.

Pulaski took an early lead off a Gavin Cook three-pointer, with the teams trading baskets for most of the eight minutes. A late score from Blankenship gave the Maroons a two-point edge after one quarter. The Shamrocks took control with an 8-2 run in the second, but Pulaski controlled the final minute and a half of the first half and only trailed by two heading into the break. Trinity were overwhelming in the paint in the third quarter and once again went ahead by nearly double digits. All began to seem bleak for Pulaski. A 6-2 spree by the Maroons to open the fourth began to give the Maroon fans in the crowd hope. Unfortunately, it was another case of the Shamrocks dominating in the paint over the final five minutes, as they eventually pulled away to eliminate Pulaski County 50-43. Absolutely no shame in the effort the Maroons gave on this night however, as they gave their everything out on the court and made the entirety of Pulaski County proud.

Will Blankenship, in his final game, led the Maroons with 14 points and finally got to accomplish his dream of playing at Rupp. Best of luck to seniors Blankenship, Jalen Wooldridge and Wessen Falin on all of their future endeavors. Look for a full game story in Saturday's edition of the Commonwealth Journal.

Jacob Pratt is the Sports Editor of the Commonwealth Journal and can be reached at