The middle school Lady Cougars hosted Breckinridge County last Tuesday evening and came away with a split of the two games.
In the opener, the seventh-grade girls lost for just the second time in the season, 39-26 as the Lady Tigers got revenge for a season-opening loss to Grayson County.
The eighth-grade Lady Cougars got double-digit scoring from Hannah Saltsman and Mackenzie Edwards on their way to a 52-36 win.
After the Lady Tigers scored the first five points of the game, Grayson County got on the board with 1:20 left in the opening period to make it 5-2. Breck then scored the final four points of the period to lead by seven points, 9-2 heading into the second quarter.
Breck took nine-point leads twice at the start of the second period, the last time coming at 13-4 at the 3:53 mark. A Kenzie Renfrow lay-in and a Kaylee Masden three-pointer cut the margin back to four points, 13-9 with 2:13 left in the first half.
Breck’s Bailey Caster broke the run with a bucket at 1:54 to take it back to a six-point lead, but back-to-back baskets by Keragan Collard cut it to a two-point game, 15-13 with 42 seconds left.
Two Breck free throws by Hannah Kennedy with eight seconds left made it 17-13, but Kaylynne Armagost beat the halftime buzzer with a shot from just inside the arc to make it 17-15 heading into the halftime intermission.
Back-to-back lay-ups by Collard and Bailey Snyder made it a one-point game, 20-19 with 2:21 left in the third quarter, and the Lady Cougars seemed to be on the move.
But they would not score again in the period and the Lady Tigers took advantage to score seven straight to lead 27-19 as the fourth quarter began.
Grayson County opened the final period by scoring five straight to cut the deficit to just three points, 27-24, but they would get no closer. Breck closed out the game on a 12-2 run to put the game in their win column.
Breck had two players in double figures as Caster and Kayla Young both scored 10 points.
Collard had 10 to lead the Lady Cougars and she also led the team with four steals. Kandler Lindsey scored five points and added five rebounds and two steals.
Renfrow scored four points and led the team with three assists and five steals. Masden, who had scored 20 points in the earlier win over Breck, had just three points in this one, but led the team on the boards with 10 rebounds.
Armagost and Snyder had two each to complete the scoring.
Saltsman scored nine straight points in an 11-2 Lady Cougar run opening the game, but she picked up her second foul just before the end of the period and had to go to the bench.
That allowed the Lady Tigers to close out the period on a 5-1 run to pull to within five points, 12-7 at the start of the second quarter.
When the Lady Cougars opened the second period with a 6-1 run, they had pushed their lead to 10 points, at 18-8. But with Saltsman sitting out, the Lady Tigers answered by scoring the final nine points of the first half to pull to within a point of the lead, 18-17 at the half.
Kayla Young opened the scoring in the third quarter with a lay-up to give her team its first lead of the game at 19-18. That would also be the Lady Tigers’ last lead.
Saltsman answered with two free throws and a lay-up and Grayson County took the lead for good, 22-19 at the 5:04 mark.
Riley Collins hit 1-of-2 at the line for the Lady Tigers with 2:26 left in the third quarter that made the score 26-22. The Lady Cougars then closed out the period by scoring 13 unanswered points to turn the game into a rout, 39-22 heading into the final period of play. Saltsman had 16 of her game-high 25 points in the period.
When the Lady Cougars pushed their lead to 25 points, 47-22 with 4:27 left to play, coach Lori Oller emptied her bench. But when the Lady Tigers responded by scoring eight straight, she brought Edwards back to handle the ball. Edwards responded by scoring the Lady Cougars’ last five points as they held off Breck the rest of the way. Edwards had 11 of her 17 points in that fourth quarter.
Collins led the Lady Tigers in scoring with 15 points. In addition to her 25 points, Saltsman added two rebounds and led the team with five steals. Edwards led the team with four assists and also had five steals.
Breanna Frank and Brandi Minton both finished with four points, with Frank leading the team with seven rebounds and adding two steals. Minton had a fine all-around game, finishing with three boards, two assists and three steals.
Brooke Simpson completed the Lady Cougar scoring with two points.