The Lady Cougar basketball team closed out its summer schedule Wednesday with four more wins at Barren County High School.
The varsity girls had a decisive win over the host Trojanettes 42-15, then held off Clinton County 38-31. The JV squad won a squeaker against Clinton County, 26-24, then routed Barren County 36-19.
VARSITY vs BARREN COUNTY
Incoming senior Taylor Higdon hit three of her first four shots from behind the arc and the Lady Cougars raced out to a 9-2 lead.
The Trojanettes hit one-of-two free throws at the 12:36 mark to make it 9-3 before the Lady Cougars scored the next five points, all at the free-throw line, to give themselves an 11-point advantage, 14-3 with 7:21 left in the first half.
Grayson County still led by 10 points, 17-7 with 2:41 left, before Kaylan Shull scored the final five points of the period to give the Lady Cougars a 15-point lead, 22-7 at the half.
Maddie Stewart opened the scoring in the second half with a lay-in, and Higdon hit her fourth three-pointer of the game to put Grayson County up by 20 points, 27-7. Barren County was never closer than 18 points the rest of the way.
Higdon led all scorers with 12 points. Shull had probably her best game of the summer as she scored seven points, pulled down four rebounds, led the team with six assists and added three steals.
Two other players, Jodi Decker and Sarah Pierce, also scored seven points. Decker led the team with four steals and Pierce had three.
Stewart finished with six points and added three rebounds. Grace White tallied two points and led the team on the boards with five rebounds. Breanna Fulkerson had one point to complete the scoring.
VARSITY vs CLINTON COUNTY
The Bulldogs grabbed an early 5-0 lead at the 13:21 mark of the first half, but Grayson County responded with 13 unanswered points, including a pair of three-pointers from Shull, to lead by eight points, 13-5 with 7:30 left.
The Bulldogs scored on a rebound lay-up to break the run, but Shull hit another three at the 6:58 mark to push it to nine points, 16-7. Grayson County led by eight, 21-13 at the half.
The Bulldogs came out hot in the second half, beginning the period on a 9-0 run to retake the lead, 22-21 at the 12:17 mark.
Pierce hit a three from the corner to break the Lady Cougar drought, and that was the start of a 12-0 run that put Grayson County back in charge, 33-22 with 7:38 remaining.
The Bulldogs refused to go away, though, and pulled to within four points, 35-31 with 42 seconds left, but the Lady Cougars scored the final three points to preserve the win.
Shull led all scorers with 15 points. Stewart had seven and added four rebounds, three assists and three steals. Pierce hit two three-pointers to account for her six points, and she added three steals.
Fulkerson and Decker had three points apiece, while White and Cortney Tomes had two each to round out the scoring. Fulkerson also led the team with four steals.
JV vs BARREN COUNTY
Grayson County pulled out to an early 9-1 lead led by White’s five points in the first five minutes.
Barren County closed to within two points, 10-8 with 5:20 left, but the Lady Cougars closed out the half on a 12-2 run to lead by 12 points, 22-10 at the half.
The Trojanettes were able to close the gap to nine points, 25-16 at the 10:18 mark of the second period, but Grayson County put the game out of reach by scoring the next seven points to lead by 16 points, 32-16 with 7:48 remaining.
Sloane Embry led all scorers in the game with 10 points, and added four rebounds, two assists and a team-high four steals to a fine all-around game.
Tomes scored six points and led the Lady Cougars on the boards with five rebounds. White, Pierce and Katie Hayes all scored five points, and Pierce added four rebounds and two steals.
Decker and Raven Shelton both scored two points, and Emma Escue had one to complete the scoring.