Playing host to the Breckinridge County Lady Tigers Monday evening at Cougar Gym, the Grayson County Lady Cougars split a pair of games.
In the opener, the 7th-grade girls fell to 3-3 on the season with a 26-16 loss. In the late game, the 8th-grade girls moved to a perfect 6-0 with a 27-19 victory.
Breck’s 7th-grade team features a bunch of little girls who are quick and aggressive and press the length of the floor. They never let up throughout the game and the Lady Cougars could not handle the pressure. Grayson County turned the ball over 45 times in the game, including 16 in the third quarter alone.
The Lady Cougars also hurt themselves at the foul line, hitting just 2-of-14 free throws, for a frigid 14 percent.
Rachel Snyder hit 1-of-2 at the line at the 4:42 mark for the first score of the evening and Ella Robinson scored on a lay-up with 1:39 left and Grayson County took a 3-1 lead into the second quarter.
Breck’s Bailey Hurst scored at the 5:04 mark to tie things at 3-3 before Chloe Cox scored for the Lady Cougars with 3:54 left to make it 5-3. That would be Grayson County’s last lead of the game. The Lady Tigers responded with with 10 unanswered points to take a 13-5 lead with 1:12 left in the first half.
Raigan Cave broke the string with a 10-footer with 30 seconds left and the Lady Cougars trailed by six points, 13-7 at the break.
Brianna Dennis scored for Grayson County opening the third quarter to cut the lead to just four points, 13-9, but they would never be closer. Breck answered with six straight to push the lead to 10 points, 19-9 with 2:50 left in the period. Breck led by 11 points, 22-11 heading into the fourth quarter.
Breck’s Aleigha Mucker led all scorers in the game with 17 points.
Robinson led the Lady Cougars with four points and also led the team with 10 rebounds. Dennis finished with three points, and four players, Cave, Cox, Bailey Richardson and Gracie Franklin all scored two points. Snyder finished with one point to round out the scoring.
Laura Vincent came off the bench for Grayson County to score eight points, grab nine rebounds and pick off four steals to help the Lady Cougar 8th-graders stay perfect on the season.
After the Lady Cougars took a 4-2 lead at the 2:47 mark following a shot from just inside the three-point arc by Matte Mae Milam, Breck’s Isabel Grimes scored on back-to-back lay-ins to give the Tigers a 6-4 lead heading into the second period.
Milam opened the second period with a basket, and Kandler Lindsey scored on a put-back basket to give Grayson County an 8-6 lead. Breanna Whitworth tied it one last time with a basket at the 4:53 mark.
The Lady Cougars then closed out the first half by scoring eight unanswered points, four of them by Vincent, and took a 16-8 lead into the locker room at the half.
The Lady Tigers scored the first five points of the third quarter to close to within three points of the lead, 16-13 with 1:31 left in the period, but Milam buried a three-pointer with 55 seconds left and Vincent hit 1-of-2 at the foul line to push the lead back to seven points, 20-13 heading into the final period of play.
A 6-3 Grayson County run at the start of the fourth quarter expanded the lead to 10 points, 26-16 with 3:06 to play and the Lady Cougars were able to hold off the visitors down the stretch.
Milam finished the night with seven points and also grabbed nine rebounds. Bailey Snyder scored four points, while four players, Lindsey, Kenzie Renfrow, Savannah Bandurske and Mallory O’Neal all had two points. Lindsey added six rebounds to her totals.
Reach Don Brown at 259-9622, ext. 2016.