Cougars claw back for 60-58 win
By Don Brown
Talon Gary scored 32 points, Colton Williams had a double-double night, including what turned out to be the winning basket, and the Cougars came back from a 10-point, third-quarter deficit to beat Meade County 60-58 last Tuesday evening in Brandenburg.
In the opener, the JV Cougars were washed away by the Greenwave 56-40.
After scoring the first five points of the game, the Cougars led by as many as eight points in the first period, 12-4 with 4:05 left. But the Greenwave outscored the Cougars 9-4 in the closing moments to pull to within three points of the lead, 16-13 at the start of the second period.
The Greenwave took their first lead of the game at the 5:45 mark of the second period on a lay-up by John Michael Millay, who finished the night with a team-high 18 points . There were later two ties and two lead changes before the Cougars took a slim, one-point lead at the half, 29-28.
With the Cougars leading by three points, 33-30 at the 6:43 mark of the third quarter, the Greenwave scored nine straight points to take a seven point lead, 40-33 with 4:23 left.
Meade County twice led by 10 points in the third quarter, the last time coming at 48-38 following a Luke Wilson three-pointer with 2:26 left. The Cougars were able to pull back to within seven points, 50-43 at the start of the fourth quarter.
The Cougars then began steadily chipping away at the Greenwave lead. Four straight Cougar points cut the deficit to three points, 52-49 at the 5:20 mark. Following a Meade basket, four more Cougar points cut it to a one-point game, 54-53 with 4:09 left to play.
Gary grabbed a long rebound and hit a 15-footer with 2:46 left to put Grayson County back on top by a point, 57-58. Millay then hit two free throws with 2:10 remaining to give Meade a 58-57 lead.
Then, with 1:55 remaining, Williams grabbed an offensive board and put the ball back in to make it 59-58 in favor of the Cougars. Williams was fouled on the play and his made free throw made it 60-58.
Those would turn out to be the final points of the game. The Greenwave missed a couple of shots and when Gary rebounded, the Cougars called a timeout with 1:12 left.
Grayson County ran the clock down before a Meade foul sent Bret Johnston to the line in the bonus with :33.7 showing on the clock. But Johnston missed the front end and Meade rebounded the ball.
Tanner Tyra appeared to have stolen the ball on the sideline with 25.8 seconds left, but the officials awarded Meade with a timeout. Meade missed a shot, but got the offensive board and called a final timeout with 4.3 seconds left.
After inbounding the ball, Meade put up a final shot but had it blocked as the buzzer sounded, giving the Cougars the win. Wilson joined Millay in double figures with 15 points for the Greenwave.
Gary just missed a double-double by pulling down nine boards. Williams finished his night with 14 points and 10 rebounds in probably his best game for the varsity.
Cole Akridge scored eight points, while Tyra had four and Zac Williams had two to round out the Cougar scoring.
The Greenwave never trailed in this game. A 10-0 Meade County run propelled them to a 14-4 lead at the end of the first period.
Meade then outscored the Cougars 24-10 in the second period and led by 24 points, 38-14 at the half.
Meade increased its lead to as many as 30 points in the third quarter before the Cougars began to make a comeback. Trailing 50-20 with 3:08 left, the Cougars closed out the third quarter on a 10-2 run to close to within 52-30 as the fourth quarter began.
Grayson County then held the Greenwave to just four points in the final period to make the final score a bit closer. Alex Shellhart scored a team-high 13 points and also led the team on the boards with seven rebounds.
Zac Williams finished with nine points, Dustin Woosley had six, Trey Goff and Bailey Logsdon both had five points, and Conner Schultz had two to complete the scoring.
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