The eighth-grade girls basketball team opened Green River Valley Conference Tournament play with a 34-27 victory over Muhlenberg North Saturday morning at Edmonson County Middle School.
The seventh-grade girls were not so fortunate as they shot miserably from the floor and fell to Ohio County 31-8.
Though the eighth-grade Lady Cougars never trailed and opened an 11-point lead in the second period, they allowed the North Stars to come back and make a close game out of things. Muhlenberg North pulled to within a single point of the lead with under four minutes to play, but the Lady Cougars were able to hold them off.
A Kandler Lindsey free throw and a Bailey Snyder three-pointer gave Grayson County a 4-0 lead with 4:08 left in the first period. Muhlenberg’s Destin Almous put her team on the board with a lay-in at the 3:54 mark, but those would be the only points the Stars would score the rest of the period.
The Lady Cougars closed out the first quarter with seven unanswered points to lead 11-2, then Snyder scored the first two points of the second period to give the Lady Cougars their largest lead of the game, 11 points at 13-2.
The North Stars responded by scoring 10 straight points in a little over a minute and a half to pull to within a point, 13-12. Muhlenberg’s Chloe Lynn hit back-to-back threes to cap the run.
Grayson County held the Stars scoreless the rest of the half and led by five, 17-12 heading into the halftime intermission.
The Lady Cougars scored the first four points of the third quarter to increase their lead to nine points, 21-12, but they led by eight, 25-17 heading into the final period of play.
When the Stars scored the first seven points of the fourth period, including another Lynn three, they pulled to within a point of the lead, 25-24 with 3:46 left to play and it was anyone’s ball game.
Matte Mae Milam answered for the Lady Cougars by burying a big three-pointer at the 3:26 mark to give Grayson County a four-point cushion.
Both teams then had empty trips until Snyder scored on a lay-up with 2:12 left to play to make it a six-point game, 30-24. Snyder was fouled on the play, but missed her free throw.
Lynn hit another three, her fourth of the game, with 1:24 left to cut the led to three points, 30-27, but those would be the last points the Stars would score the rest of the way. Kenzie Renfrow scored with under a minute to play to make it 32-27, then added two free throws in four attempts in the final 30 seconds for the final seven-point margin.
Lynn finished with 12 points to lead her team. Snyder led all scorers in the game with 15 points. Renfrow scored eight points and added three rebounds, two assists and three steals.
Kandler Lindsey had five points and grabbed four rebounds. Milam finished with three points, Jenna Nash had two and Hailey Woosley scored one and grabbed four rebounds.
The seventh-grade girls were never in their game. They took 39 shots in the game and could hit just three for 7.6 percent shooting from the floor. They were 0-22 from the field in the first half, when they trailed 17-1.
The seventh-graders were not much better at the free-throw line, where they hit just 2-of-10. Raigan Cave scored four points to lead the Lady Cougars. Ella Robinson scored two, while Brianna Dennis and Rachel Snyder had one each. Robinson led the Lady Cougars on the boards with five rebounds.
Reach Don Brown at 259-9622, ext. 2016.