After winning their first 15 games of the season, the eighth-grade Lady Cougars suffered their first, 29-21 to the Edmonson County LadyCats last Tuesday evening in Brownsville.
Edmonson County also won the seventh-grade game by a score of 26-11.
This was a rematch of an earlier game in which Grayson County won a nip-and-tuck battle by six points, 37-31 in Cougar Gym.
This time around the Lady Cougars struggled to get the ball into the basket. Unofficially the Lady Cougars shot an arctic 13 percent, hitting just six of 45 shots. They shot just nine percent in the first half, 2-of-21.
The Lady Cougars led just once, 2-0 on a steal and lay-up by Kenzie Renfrow just eight seconds into the game.
Edmonson County’s seventh-grade point guard, Katie Lindsey, answered with a three-pointer at the 4:02 mark to give her team a lead they would not give back.
The LadyCats scored the last eight points of the first quarter and took an 8-2 lead into the second period. Opening the second quarter, Bailey Snyder was fouled shooting a three-pointer and made all three free throws to close the gap to just three points, 8-5.
Edmonson’s Emily Vincent answered with a 15-footer to make it 10-5 at the 4:50 mark, but those would be the only points the home team would score the rest of the period. Despite that, the Lady Cougars could manage just three points and trailed by two, 10-8 at the half.
Snyder hit a lay-up at the 5:00 mark of the third quarter to tie the score at 10-10, but Edmonson got a lay-up from Lauren Ballance and a three-pointer from Lindsey to go back up by five, 15-10 with 4:24 left.
Renfrow hit a 15-footer with 1:45 left to make it 15-12, but that would be as close as the Lady Cougars would get the rest of the way. Back-to-back baskets by Madison Harrison and Mia Goad closed out the scoring in the third quarter and the LadyCats took a seven-point lead, 19-12 into the final period of play.
When Emma Rose Vincent and Lindsey opened the fourth quarter scoring with back-to-back baskets, the LadyCats held their largest lead of the night, 11 points at 23-12.
A three-point play by Snyder and two bonus free throws from Kandler Lindsey with 1:49 left to play cut the Edmonson lead to six points, but that would be as close as the Lady Cougars would get. The LadyCats pushed the lead back to 10 points, 29-19 with 23 seconds left in the game before Lindsey closed out the game’s scoring with a final basket with 12 seconds remaining to make the final margin eight points.
Katie Lindsey led all scorers in the game with nine points. Snyder led the Lady Cougars with eight points. Kandler Lindsey added six points for Grayson County and led all players on the boards with 13 rebounds.
Renfrow finished with five points and Laura Vincent added two points and five rebounds.
The LadyCats got double-figure scoring from katie Lindsey and Macie McCombs as they dominated the Lady Cougars from start to finish.
Edmonson scored the first six points of the game before Bailey Richardson put the Lady Cougars on the board with a 15-footer at the 1:47 mark of the first period. The Lady Cougars trailed by eight, 10-2 heading into the second quarter.
There was not much scoring in the second period. The Lady Cougars went scoreless and the LadyCats could score just two to make it 12-2 at the half. As they had in the first game against the LadyCats, the Lady Cougars were unable to handle heavy pressure and committed 13 turnovers in the first half.
Edmonson County increased their lead to 13 points, 20-7 by the end of the third quarter. The Lady Cougars cut their deficit to 11 points twice at the start of the fourth quarter, but could get no closer. The LadyCats scored the last four points of the game to make the final margin 15 points.
McCombs scored 12 points to lead all scorers and Lindsey added 10.
Richardson led the Lady Cougars with four points, while Ella Robinson had three. Rachel Snyder and Brianna Dennis had two apiece to close out the Grayson County scoring. Robinson led the team on the boards with nine rebounds, while Snyder had eight and Dennis added five.
All photos Don Btrown | GC News Gazette Bailey Richardson (#10) and Brianna Dennis battled for a loose ball under the Lady Cougar basket during seventhth-grade action.
Reach Don Brown at 259-9622, ext. 2016.