The GCMS boys basketball teams had to settle for a split in their two games Monday at Edmonson County.
In the opener, Jaxon Higdon hit a pair of free throws with four seconds left in regulation to tie the game and send it into overtime, but the Wildcats outscored Grayson County 6-1 in the extra period to prevail 43-38.
In the eighth-grade contest, the Cougars put three players into double figures and ran away from the Wildcats to win 57-22 and move to 3-0 on the season.
This was a close game from start to finish with nine ties and seven lead changes. Neither team led by more than five points on the evening.
A rebound basket by the Wildcats’ Chaz Wilson gave his team an early 5-2 lead, but the Cougars (2-1) answered with three straight to tie it 5-5 with 1:10 left in the first quarter. The two team s were still tied at 7-7 heading into the second period.
Higdon hit a three-pointer at the 5:08 mark to give the Cougars their first lead of the night, 10-7, but Lane Lindsey hit a three for the Wildcats to knot things once more.
Higdon hit another shot from just inside the arc to put Grayson County back up 12-10, but Lindsey buried another three to put the Wildcats back up 13-12. A 19-footer by Dylan Lindsey at the 2:36 mark gave the Wildcats their largest lead of the first half, 17-12. They led by three, 17-14 at the break.
Daniel Woosley opened the third quarter with a lay-in to put Edmonson County up by five points again, but the Cougars answered with six straight to take a one-point lead, 20-19 at the 4:57 mark.
Woosley hit a running jumper and was fouled with 3:24 left in the period. His free throw put the Wildcats up by two, 24-22, but Miles Hornbeck scored on a lay-in, then hit two free throws with 2:07 left and the Cougars went up by two, 26-24.
Gavin Rose followed with a three-pointer to put the Wildcats back in front, 27-26, but Higdon buried his second three of the night and Grayson County went back in front 29-27. Evan Clark closed out the third-quarter scoring with a lay-up with 29 seconds left and the Cougars held their largest lead of the night, 31-27.
A Rose lay-up at the 2:15 mark tied the score for the third time in the period at 35-35. with 2:15 remaining in regulation. Neither team would score again until Lane Lindsey hit a 15-footer with 8.7 seconds left to put the Wildcats ahead 37-35.
The Cougars quickly brought the ball up the floor and Higdon was fouled on a shot attempt with 4.1 seconds left. Higdon calmly hit both shots to send the game into overtime.
The extra period turned into a free-throw shooting contest which the Wildcats won by hitting six-of-10 and the Cougars making only making one-of-four.
Woosley led the Wildcats (1-0) with 11 points.
Higdon and Clark both scored 12 points to lead Grayson County, and Clark made it a double-double night with 12 rebounds before fouling out in the overtime period. Hornbeck finished with seven points and added eight rebounds and three steals to his totals.
Evan Hayse had a good night in a losing cause, scoring five points and adding nine rebounds and four assists. Keegan Sharp closed out the scoring with two points.
The Cougars never trailed in this game after scoring the first four points. The Wildcats pulled to within four points of the lead three times afterward, the last time coming with 3:00 left in the opening period at 11-7. Grayson County scored the last six points of the period to lead by 10 points, 17-7 heading into the second quarter.
A driving lay-in by Tyler Williams at the 5:15 mark of the second period put Grayson County up by 12 points, 19-7, before a lay-in by Nick Clemmons cut it back to 10. Those would turn out to be the only Wildcat points of the period as the Cougars closed out the half with 16 unanswered points to take a commanding 35-9 lead into the half-time intermission.
Edmonson County outscored the Cougars 12-8 in the third quarter to cut into the Cougar lead, but Grayson County’s defense held them to just a single point in the fourth quarter as they steadily pulled away.
Nolan Shartzer led the Cougars with 16 points and six rebounds. Williams scored 13 points for the Cougars, while Caneron Wells had 11 points and five rebounds.
Jude Oller hit a pair of three pointers for his six points, while Brady Whobrey tallied four points and Logan Kopp had three. Spencer Cannon closed out the Cougar scoring with two points.