Cougars stop Wildcats 56-44

By Don Brown

January 8, 2014

Grayson County’s Cougars earned their third victory of the season last Friday as they defeated the visiting Edmonson County Wildcats 56-44 in the second game of a boy/girl doubleheader at Cougar Gym.

Talon Gary hit four three-pointers on the night and finished with 21 points to lead the Cougars to victory. Dakota Woodcock led the Wildcats with 15 points.

The game moved at a glacial pace, matching the frigid conditions outside. The Cougars scored just 10 points in the first quarter and led 10-8. They held a three-point advantage, 23-20 at the half.

After the Cougars scored the first seven points of the game, the Wildcats responded with eight straight, including back-to-back threes from Woodcock and Devin Elmore, to go up by one, 8-7 with 1:16 left in the period.

Tanner Tyra closed out the first period by burying a three with two seconds left on the clock to give the Cougars the lead heading into the second quarter.

Gary hit three of his three-pointers in the second period, the last of them giving the Cougars their largest lead of the first half, 23-16 with 1:13 left to play. But the Wildcats scored the final four points of the period to trail by just three at the half.

Gary hit 1-of-2 at the free throw line to start the scoring in the third quarter, but the Wildcats answered with a lay-up by Cole Bedwell and a three-pointer from Woodcock to take a one-point lead, 25-24 at the 6:07 mark. That would be the Wildcats’ last lead of the game.

Gage Akridge hit a three-pointer at the 5:45 mark to put Grayson County back in front for good, 27-25. A three-point play by Gary and a rebound basket from Colton Williams completed an 8-0 Cougar run that put them in front by seven, 32-25 with 4:46 left to play. Grayson County led by eight, 41-33 heading into the fourth quarter,

Grayson County did not score a bucket in the fourth quarter but still managed to outscore the Wildcats 15 to 11 in the period by hitting 15-of-19 shots from the foul line.

In addition to his 21 points, Gary also led the team with four steals. Gage Akridge finished the night with nine points, all of them coming from his three three-pointers. He also added four rebounds. Tyra also finished with nine points and four rebounds.

Williams and senior Bret Johnston both finished with six points, with Johnston leading the team on the glass with five rebounds and adding three assists and two steals. Cole Akridge scroed four points and Alex Shellhart had two to complete the scoring.