In the final game of the regular season, the Lady Cougars fell 59-49 at Ohio County on Saturday to finish the season under .500 at 13-14.
The last time the Lady Cougars finished a season with a losing record was in 2003-4, Roy King’s first year as head coach, when the Lady Cougars also finished at 13-14. Grayson County can still finish this season with a winning record if they can put together a win streak in the post-season.
The Lady Cougars trailed by as many as seven points in the first quarter, 11-4 at the 5:18 mark, but closed out the period by outscoring the home team 17-8 to take a two-point lead into the second period, 21-19.
There were three lead changes and three ties in the second quarter before the Lady Eagles scored the last three points to lead 32-29 at the half.
The Lady Cougars opened the third quarter by going scoreless for nearly four minutes. That allowed the Lady Eagles to score seven straight to lead by 10 points, 39-29 at the 4:32 mark. The Lady Cougars did not make a single field goal in the third period and hit just 4-of-12 at the free throw line. Ohio still led by 10 points, 43-33 heading into the fourth quarter.
Maddie Stewart opened the fourth quarter by scoring on a lay-up to cut the deficit to eight points, 43-35, but the Lady Eagles reeled off 12 unanswered points, including back-to-back three-pointers from Alyssa Baker, to increase their lead to 20 points, 55-35 with 4:56 remaining.
Grayson County refused to quit, though, putting together a 12-1 run that brought them to within nine points, 56-47 with 38 seconds remaining. Two free throws from Stewart with 22.7 second left cut the margin to eight points, 57-49, but they would be no closer.
Baker hit five three-pointers for the Lady Eagles and finished with a game-high 21 points, while Sarah Stone added 12.
Stewart led the Lady Cougars with 18 points and she added five rebounds, two assists and six steals. Grace White scored nine points and also had five rebounds.
Allie Horton and Sarah Pierce both had five points, while Kaylan Shull had four. Shull added three rebounds and six steals. Four players, Jessica Johnson, Katie Hayes, Jodi Decker and Hannah Saltsman each scored two points to complete the Lady Cougar scoring.