Grayson County’s Lady Cougars got a measure of revenge last Friday night in Brownsville as they defeated the LadyCats 74-65 to improve to 10-8 for the year
Three weeks ago, the LadyCats came into Cougar Gym and beat the Lady Cougars 60-58 to get a leg up in the race for the top team in the 12th District.
With the Grayson County win, and presuming neither team loses another district game, both teams will take one loss into district play and the top seed will have to be decided by a tie-breaker.
The Lady Cougars put three players into double figures, got fine contributions off the bench and led for most of the game. They also held LadyCat senior Madison Rich to 18 points before she fouled out of the game with 3:54 left in the fourth quarter. Rich had scored 28 points in both of the previous meetings with Edmonson County, the first time in the Caveland Classic over the holidays.
Following two Rich free throws with 3:46 left in the first quarter, the LadyCats led by three, 9-6. Grayson County then went on an 11-0 run, capped off by a Kaylan Shull lay-up with 1:28 left, to give the Lady Cougars a lead they would not give back.
Two Madelyn Taylor free throws with 50 seconds left broke the Lady Cougar run, but Grayson County scored the final five points of the period, including a buzzer beating three from Shull, to take an 11-point lead, 22-11 heading into the second period. Shull led the Lady Cougars in scoring with 16 points.
Maddie Stewart opened the scoring in the second quarter with a lay-up to increase the Lady Cougar lead to 13 points, 24-11.
The LadyCats cut the Grayson County lead to seven points three times in the second period before four straight points pushed the Lady Cougar lead back to 11, 39-28 with 1:04 left in the first half. But the LadyCats scored the final four points of the period to cut it to seven points one more time, 39-32 at the half.
Edmonson County was able to get as close as five points five times in the early going of the third period, the last time coming at 50-45 with 4:59 left, but six straight points by eighth-grader Hannah Saltsman pushed the lead to 11 points, 56-45 with 3:42 left in the period.
The LadyCats refused to quit, though, and pulled to within five points once more, 56-51 following two Rich free throws with 52 seconds left. Shull then closed out the scoring in the period with 1-of-2 at the line to give Grayson County a six-point lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Two free throws by Caitlin Simon at the 6:56 mark cut the Lady Cougar lead to just four points, 57-53, but Edmonson would get no closer. They were able to cut the Grayson County lead back to five points twice more, the last time at 68-63 with 1:38 left to play, but the Lady Cougars iced the game with six straight points at the free throw line in the closing seconds.
Simon finished with 14 points for the Lady Cats and Brandi Lindsey joined her and Rich in double figures with 10 points.
In addition to her 16 points, Shull added five rebounds and four steals. Stewart finished with 15 points and led the Lady Cougars on the glass with nine rebounds. She also had three steals.
Having perhaps her best game of the season, freshman guard Allie Horton scored 15 points, grabbed four rebounds and added a team-high three assists.
Four players, Saltsman, Sarah Pierce, Grace White, and Sloane Embry all finished with six points, while Montana Woosley had four to complete the evenly-distributed scoring.