The middle school girls’ basketball teams got a pair of wins Thursday evening as both the seventh and eighth-grade teams beat the visiting Hancock County Lady Cougars.
In the opening game, the seventh-grade girls improved to 3-2 on the young season with a one-sided, 24-8 victory. In the second game, the eighth-grade Lady Cougars stayed undefeated, 5-0, with a 35-19 victory.
The Lady Cougars got balanced scoring, with three players, Kandler Lindsey, Matte Mae Milam, and Kenzie Renfrow scoring eight points each, and Bailey Snyder adding five.
A three-pointer by Hancock’s Kiera Duncan at the 2:19 mark of the first period gave them their first lead of the night. Lindsey scored on a lay-in with 1:41 left to put the Lady Cougars on top 4-3, but Hancock’s Haley Smith hit a 10-footer to put the visitors back on top 5-4.
That would be their last lead of the night. Milam closed out the first period with a three-ball with 30 seconds left and the Lady Cougars held a 7-5 lead heading into the second quarter.
A lay-up by Duncan at the 4:42 mark of the second period tied the game 7-7, but Grayson County closed out the half with 13 unanswered points to lead 20-7 at the half.
The Lady Cougar defense held the visitors to just two points in the third quarter and led by 18 points, 27-9 heading into the final period of play.
After a Kenzie Renfrow lay-up at the 5:48 mark increased the Grayson County lead to 20 points, 29-9, Hancock got back-to-back threes from Duncan and Shelby Harpenau, and a lay-in by Smith to cut the lead to 12 points, 29-17, but that would be as close as they would get.
Duncan led all scorers in the game with 12 points.
In addition to her eight points, Lindsey led the Lady Cougars on the glass with seven rebounds. Three players, Hailey Woosley, Laura Vincent, and Savannah Bandurske all had two points to complete the Lady Cougar scoring. Woosley added six rebounds and Vincent had four. Jenna Nash did not score in the game but pulled down five rebounds.
The young Lady Cougars were looking for a shutout after holding the visitors scoreless in the first half. Grayson County led 13-o at the half-time intermission.
Hancock finally got on the board at the 5:11 mark of the third period when Madison Payne hit a pair of free throws. Grayson County led by 12 points, 18-6 heading into the fourth quarter.
When Grayson County scored the first six points of the final period, they held their largest lead of the night, 18 points at 24-6. Payne then closed out the scoring with a 10-footer to make the final margin 16 points.
Rachel Snyder scored nine points to lead all scorers and she added seven rebounds and three steals. Brianna Dennis and Madison Edwards each had four points, while Gracie Franklin added three. Edwards added four rebounds and Franklin had five.
Matte Clark and Riley Parks had two points apiece to complete the scoring. Ella Robinson did not score in the game, but she led the Lady Cougars with nine rebounds.
Reach Don Brown at 259-9622, ext. 2016.