Summer play continued Monday for the Lady Cougar basketball team with three games played at Elizabethtown High School.
In the opening game Monday morning, the Lady Cougars came out on the short end of a very close game, falling to the Scott County Lady Cardinals 50-48. In the afternoon game, they were overwhelmed by the Bullitt East Chargers 57-34.
In the late afternoon game, the Lady Cougars took no prisoners as they thumped the Central Hardin Bruins by a score of 49-14.
Grace White scored first for the Lady Cougars with a lay-up less than a minute into the game. The Lady Bruins answered with a free throw and a lay-up to take a 3-2 lead with 15:07 left in the first half.
That would turn out to be Central’s only lead of the game. Grayson County answered with 14 straight points and led 16-3 at the 8:40 mark.
The Lady Cougars increased their lead to 15 points, 20-5 with 4:30 left before the Lady Bruins scored with 3:02 left to cut their deficit to 13 points. The Lady Cougars then closed out the half with six straight, including back-to-back lay-ups by Allie Horton following steals, and Grayson County led by 19 points, 26-7 at the half.
Head coach Daniel Pharris has a solid starting five this season, with White, Pierce, Saltsman, Horton and senior Breana Minton. But the Lady Cougars’ success this season could be dependent upon a very young bench.
Pharris has juniors Shannon Smith and Kennedi Cave, along with sophomore Brandi Minton, with Smith and Minton bring the most experienced of the three.
The rest of his bench will be occupied by young players with no experience at the varsity level. Freshman Breanna Franks, and eighth-graders Kandler Lindsey and Kenzie Renfrow have been seeing substantial playing time this summer as Pharris knows he is going to need their help down the road.
All of those back-up players saw plenty of time on the floor in the blowout against the Bruins.
White set the tone at the start of the second half as she stole the ball and drove the length of the floor for a lay-in that made it 28-7. That was the start of a 15-2 run that saw the Lady Cougars leading by 32 points, 41-9 with 6:26 left in the game.
Grayson County put three players into double figures, led by White, who scored 12 points and led the team with five rebounds and five steals. Saltsman and Horton both finished with 11 points.
Smith scored five points, while Brandi Minton had four. Three players, Pierce, Franks and Lindsey had two each to complete the scoring. Lindsey also contributed four rebounds.
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White led the way against the Lady Cardinals with 19 points. Horton joined her in doubles figures with 11 points.
Brandi Minton hit a pair of three-pointers to finish with six points. Saltsman had five points, Pierce had four and Smith added three to complete the scoring.
Against Bullitt East., Horton led the team with nine points, while White and Saltsman had seven each. Pierce added five points, while sisters Breana and Brandi Minton had three apiece.