The middle school Cougars split a pair of games Monday night in Cougar Gym against the visiting Edmonson County Wildcats.
It was all Cougars in the first game as the seventh-graders led wire-to-wire in their 46-10 blowout of the Wildcats.
In the eighth-grade game, after leading by a point at the end of the first period, the Cougars gave up an 11-0 run to the Wildcats in the second, and the visitors went on to rout the Cougars 49-28.
This game was never close as the Cougars jumped out to a 16-2 lead at the end of the first period, led by 17 points at the half, then held the visitors scoreless in the third quarter to lead by 22 points, 38-6, heading into the final period of play.
Nine Cougars cracked the scoring column, led by Logan Majors, with 11 points. Guard Ryan Johnson scored seven, and two players, Spencer Sharp and Caleb Ray, had six apiece.
Lincoln Nichols had five points and Josh Embry added four. Isaac Jarboe, Josh Tilford and Nolan Shartzer had two each, and Cameron Harris added one to complete the scoring.
Embry led the team with six rebounds, Ray added four assists and Johnson led the team with four steals.
The Cougars hung with the Wildcats in a first period in which there was one tie and three lead changes. Edmonson’s Logan Minton broke a 7-7 tie with a three-pointer with 2:24 left in the period to put his team up 10-7.
The Cougars’ Jack Davis scored on a lay-in at the 1:34 mark to make it 10-9, before Jordan Stallings took a pass from Riley Shoemaker and scored with 45 seconds left to give the Cougars an 11-10 lead heading into the second quarter.
Davis opened the scoring in the second period to give the Cougars their largest lead of the night at 13-10. The Wildcats scored five straight, including a three-pointer from Logan Lindsey, and the Wildcats went back up 15-13.
Bryson Lowe scored with 3:52 left in the first half to tie it again at 15-15, but the Cougars would never be closer to the lead the rest of the way. Grayson County had seven straight empty possessions, including six turnovers in the game’s last 3:30 and the Wildcats took advantage to score 11 straight points and grab a 26-15 lead with 33 seconds left.
Stallings broke the Wildcat run with a bucket with 21 seconds left, but the Cougars trailed by nine, 26-17 at the break.
Edmonson County then scored the first seven points of the third quarter and led by 16 points, 33-17 with 2:47 left. The Cougars were able to close the gap to 13 points, 38-25 as the fourth quarter began.
In the fourth quarter, the Wildcats held Grayson County scoreless until under a minute to play and scored nine unanswered points to increase their lead to 22 points, 47-25 with 2:31 left to play.
Edmonson’s Brandon Carey led all scorers with 16 points, while Lindsey added 13.
Davis led the Cougars with seven points and added two rebounds and two assists. Stallings finished with six points, while Lowe had five. Riley Shoemaker had four points and led the Cougars on the boards with six rebounds.
Seth Elmore and Josh Embry both finished with two points, while Jackson Parker and Caleb Ray had one each to round out the scoring.