The Lady Cougars turned the ball over five times in the last three minutes of last Friday’s game against Edmonson County, allowing the LadyCats to come back for a 60-58 win in Cougar Gym.
The Lady Cougar loss marked the first time Edmonson County had beaten Grayson County since January of 2003, a 50-47 decision at Cougar Gym.
As she did last week in the third-place game of the Caveland Classic, LadyCat senior Madison Riach scored a game-high 28 points. This time she got a little more support from her teammates as they broke their long losing streak to the Lady Cougars.
Grayson County put three players into double figures, led by senior Kaylan Shull, who hit five three-pointers and finished with 20 points. Junior Maddie Steart and freshman Grace White both had double-double nights for Grayson County. Stewart scored 15 points and pulled down 10 rebounds, while White had 11 points and 11 boards.
There were four ties and three lead changes in a first period that ended with both teams knotted at 21 apiece. Two Rich free throws at the 1:22 mark gave the LadyCats their largest lead of the game, seven points at 19-12, but Grayson County closed out the period on a 9-2 run to tie it heading into the second period.
A Shull three at the 5:34 mark of the second period gave the Lady Cougars their largest lead of the first half, five points at 29-24. The Lady Cats came back to tie it 29-29 following a three by Brandi Linbdsey with 3:29 left in the first half. Another Shull three at 1:58 pushed the Lady Cougar lead back up to four points, 35-31, and they maintained that four-point advantage, 39-35 at the half.
A 10-footer by Stewart with 5:23 left in the third quarter gave the Lady Cougars their largest lead of the night, 10 points at 50-40, but Grayson County went cold at that point. They did not score again until Cortney Tomes put in a runner at the buzzer that gave the Lady Cougars an eight-point advantage, 52-44 as the fourth quarter got started.
White’s rebound basket with 4:44 left to play gave Grayson County a 56-48 lead, but the Lady Cougars then went scoreless until there were seven seconds left to play. That allowed the LadyCats to score 12 straight points, seven of them by Rich, to take a four point lead, 60-56 with 13.5 seconds left.
Stewart then hit a 10-footer and the Lady Cougars called a timeout with 7.4 seconds left to play. On the ensuing inbounds play, two LadyCats collided and the ball dribbled out of bounds with six seconds left, giving the Lady Cougars one more chance to either tie it with a two-pointer or win it with a three.
But on the Grayson County inbounds play, Allie Horton was unable to handle a pass from Stewart, which was just a bit behind Horton, and the LadyCats recovered the ball and ran out the clock.
In addition to her 20 points, Shull added six rebounds. Tomes finished with four points and added three rebounds and three assists. Pierce finished with three points, Horton, Jessica Johnson, and Sloane Embry all scored two points, and Katie Hayes had one to close out the scoring.