Playing host to the LadyCats of Edmonson County on Thursday, the Grayson County Middle School Lady Cougars split a pair of games.
In the opener, the seventh-grade girls saw their season record fall to 5-5 as the LadyCats ran roughshod over them in a 33-14 loss. In the late game, Grayson County never trailed and got double-digit performances from Bailey Snyder and Kenzie Renfrow as they beat the LadyCats 37-31 to move to 11-0 on the season.
Grayson County never trailed after scoring the first eight points of the game. Jenna Nash scored all five of her points, including a three-pointer at the buzzer, and the Lady Cougars took an 11-4 lead into the second period.
The LadyCats scored the first four points of the second quarter to pull to within three at 11-8, but the Lady Cougars responded with a 6-1 run, capped off by a Snyder lay-in with 16 seconds left that gave Grayson County its largest lead of the first half, eight points.
Edmonson’s Katie Lindsey beat the buzzer at the half with a 15-footer that made it a 17-11 game heading into the intermission.
Edmonson County opened the third quarter by scoring the first four points to pull to within two points of the lead, 17-15, but that would be as close as they would get the rest of the way.
Still leading by two, the Lady Cougars got a three-pointer and 1-of-2 free throws from Snyder to go back up by six, 23-17 with 33.8 seconds remaining in the period. Edmonson’s Laura Ballance closed out the period with a 15-footer to bring it back to a four-point game, 23-19 as the fourth quarter opened.
When the Lady Cougars opened the final period with back-to-back-to-back baskets from Renfrow, Matte Mae Milam and Kandler Lindsey, the lead had suddenly become 10 points, 29-19 and they were in control.
Emma Rose Vincent hit a pair of free throws with 2:49 left that cut the lead to five points, 29-24. Before Vincent could make her free throws, though, one of the Edmonson coaches was hit with a technical foul, angered by an earlier call against one of his players. As the referee went to the sidelines to make the call, the coach was still ranting and the ref hit him with a second technical and he was tossed from the game.
That gave the Lady Cougars four technical foul shots, plus the ball. Renfrow hit three of the four foul shots to put her team back up by eight points, 32-24.
The LadyCats battled back with a Ballance three-pointer, and a three-point play from Madison Harrison to cut the lead to just two points, again, 32-30.
Edmonson County then had a chance to tie the game following a Grayson County turnover, but Snyder came up with a steal and drove the length of the floor for a lay-in with 1:23 left to put the Lady Cougars up by four again, 34-30.
The game then became a foul-shooting contest, with the LadyCats hitting 1-of-2, and the Lady Cougars finishing 3-of-6.
Ballance and Harrison both finished with nine points to lead the LadyCat charge.
Snyder led all scorers in the game with 14 points and also led the Lady Cougars on the glass with eight rebounds and in steals, with seven. Renfrow scored 13 points and added three rebounds and four steals.
Nash finished with five points and led the team with four assists. Milam had three points and Lindsey had two to complete the scoring.
After Edmonson County opened the first period with three points, the Lady Cougars got a 15-footer from Ella Robinson to make it 3-2 at the 4:02 mark. They would not score again in the period. Edmonson led 9-2 heading into the second quarter.
Robinson scored again with 3:30 left in the second period to make it 9-4, but those would be the only Grayson County points the rest of the half. The LadyCats scored 11 unanswered after that to take a 20-4 lead into the half-time intermission.
Two free throws by Edmonson’s Macie McCombs at the 2:08 mark of the third period gave the LadyCats their largest lead of the night, 22 points at 29-7.
McCombs led all scorers in the game with 16 points. Robinson led the Lady Cougars with seven points and added five rebounds.
Bailey Richardson scored three points and Gracie Franklin and Rachel Snyder had two each to complete the scoring. Snyder also led the Lady Cougars on the boards with seven rebounds.
Reach Don Brown at 259-9622, ext.2016.