Despite going scoreless in the fourth quarter, the seventh-grade team took a 15-point win over Hancock, 31-16. The eighth-graders took control with a 10-0 run in the first period and went on to hand Hancock a 58-30 thrashing.
Once again, the Lady Cougars (6-0) never trailed in a game. Hancock (0-5) scored their first points at the 3:40 mark of the first period to trail 4-2. That would be as close as they would get the rest of the way as the Lady Cougars scored the next nine in a row and led 13-2 at the 5:36 mark of the second period.
Point guard Kylee Gorby scored 13 of her game-high 15 points in the first half as the Lady Cougars grabbed a 21-6 lead at the break.
The Lady Cougar defense held the home team to just a single point in the third quarter as they expanded their lead to 24 points, 31-7. Coach Wendy Butler emptied her bench in the fourth quarter, and though the Lady Cougars did not score again, they were able to coast to the win.
Gorby added a pair of rebounds and three steals to her totals. Halee Johnston and Lauren Crawford both scored six points, and Courtney Vogel had four to complete the scoring. Johnston added three rebounds, two assists and two steals, while Crawford added three boards, two assists and a pair of steals.
Neither Erin Marshall nor Jordan Decker made it into the scoring column, but Decker led the team in rebounding with six boards and Marshall added five.
The eighth-grade girls have been hard pressed so far this year to find anyone who can give them a game, but at least in the early going, Hancock County was making things interesting.
The Hancock Cougars (1-4) are led by Carli Mosby, a smooth, hard-nosed, lanky forward, and she kept her team in the game in the first period, scoring nine of her game-high 18 points. With Mosby doing most of the damage, Hancock took a 9-6 lead at the 4:08 mark of the first quarter.
That would be the last time the home team was in sniffing distance of the lead. Grayson County reeled off 10 unanswered points to go up 18-9 with 1:05 left, and they led 20-13 at the end of the period.
Hancock never quit trying to press the Lady Cougars, even when they had little or no success doing it. Time after time Grayson County dissected the zone press and flew up the court for easy layups.
Two free throws by Hancock's Tori Bivens at the 3:34 mark of the second period cut the lead to five points, 22-17, but Grayson County cut loose on another 10-0 run and the margin was never less than 13 points the rest of the game.
The Lady Cougar defense was rock solid in the third period, holding Hancock to just two points as they expanded the lead to 27 points, 48-21 heading into the fourth quarter.
When Moriah Ashley scored on a layup off an assist from Chelsea Pharris with 2:54 left to play, the lead was 31 points, 56-25, and head coach Josh Belcher emptied his bench.
Ashley had a terrific game for Grayson County, leading the team in scoring with 15 points and adding five rebounds, five assists and two steals. Pharris joined Ashley in double-figure scoring with 10 points and she picked up three boards, three assists and three steals as well.
Sarah Taylor hit the game's only three-pointer and finished with nine points. She also had three steals on the night. Seventh-graders Kylee Gorby and Halee Johnston came off the bench to score eight points each.
Morgan Sebastian had another great all-around game. She scored four points, but shared the team lead in rebounding and assists with five of each. Alex Crowe and Chasity Holcomb both had two points to complete the Lady Cougar scoring, and Crowe added three assists to her totals.
The Lady Cougars will be on the road again on Monday, November 6 when they travel to Hartford to take on the Ohio County Lady Eagles. Game time there will be 5:30 p.m.
On Tuesday, Grayson County will be at home to host the Edmonson County Lady Wildcats. Those games also begin at 5:30 p.m.