The Lady Cougar basketball team picked up a couple of summer wins last Wednesday in Elizabethtown.
In the morning, Grayson County took a close match-up against Green County by a score of 52-51. Later that afternoon, the Lady Cougars beat Louisville Mercy’s ‘B’ team 43-31. Junior Grace White had double-doubles in both game to lead the way.
Against Green, the Lady Cougars had to overcome a 28-25 halftime deficit to earn the win. White finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Junior Shannon Smith had her best game of the summer, hitting four three-pointers and finishing with 16 points. She also pulled down six rebounds.
Senior Sarah Pierce and junior Allie Horton scored eight points each, while sophomore Hannah Saltsman closed out the scoring with six points. She added four rebounds as well.
The two teams exchanged the lead four times in the first half. A 7-2 Jaguar run gave them their largest lead of the game, 13-9 at the 11:40 mark.
The Lady Cougars later had a 9-2 run to take a lead they would not give back. Trailing 15-11, Saltsman buried a three with 7:30 left in the first half to bring the Lady Cougars to within a point, 15-14.
Following a Mercy basket, White and Horton had back-to-back lay-ins to put Grayson County in front 18-17 at the 6:31 mark. Horton added another lay-in with 5:05 remaining to give Grayson County a 20-17 lead. They led by two points, 23-21 at the half.
Grayson County scored the first four points of the second half to take a six point lead, 27-21 at the 15:34 mark, but Mercy answered with four straight to cut it back to two points again, 27-25 with 11:24 left to play.
That would prove to be as close as the Jaguars would get, though, as Grayson County reeled off 11 unanswered points to take command of the game. White’s old-fashioned three-point play at the 9:19 mark put the Lady Cougars up by 13 points, 38-25.
The Jaguars were never closer than 10 points the rest of the way as the Lady Cougar defense held the Jaguars to just 10 second-half points.
White had a monster game for Grayson County, scoring 17 points, pulling down 15 rebounds, and leading the team with six steals. Horton joined White in double figures with 12 points and she led the team with three assists.
Saltsman scored six points and added five rebounds. Pierce and Smith both finished with three points and Breana Minton had two to complete the Lady Cougar scoring.