Playing in the Independence Bank Classic at the Sportscenter, in Owensboro, on Saturday, the Lady Cougars fell to a very good Nelson County Lady Cardinal team, 56-41 to fall to 2-3 on the season.
After playing a dead-even, 11-11 first period, Nelson County put together a 13-0 run at the start of the second period that put them in charge. Grayson County fell behind by as many as 21 points, but used a 14-0, third quarter run to get back in the game, but it was not enough as the Lady Cardinals held them off in the fourth quarter.
Junior Grace White scored the Lady Cougars’ first seven points, giving her team a 7-3 lead at the 5:25 mark of the first quarter. Nelson County came back to tie the score twice, the final time coming on a buzzer-beating lay-in from Marly Walls that tied it 11-11 at the start of the second period.
Walls’ lay-in was the start of a 13-0 Nelson County run that saw them go up by 11 points, 22-11 at the 4:36 mark, and cause head coach Daniel Pharris to call a timeout to try to get his team back on track.
A three-pointer by Taylor Young with 2:25 remaining in the second period gave Nelson County its largest lead of the half, 14 points at 27-13. The Lady Cougars trailed by 13 points, 32-19 at the break.
A Young lay-up at the 3:06 mark of the third quarter capped a 13-5 Lady Cardinal run that saw them take their largest lead of the game, 21 points at 45-24. But the Lady Cougars began to battle back at that point and scored the final 12 points of the period to trail by just nine, 45-36 heading into the fourth quarter.
When Hannah Saltsman scored for the Lady Cougars at the 6:39 mark of the final period, Grayson County had scored 14 straight points and had pulled back to within seven points of the lead, 45-38.
But that would be as close as they would get. The Lady Cardinals righted their ship, scoring seven unanswered points to go up by 14 points, 52-38 with under three minutes left and they were able to hold off the Lady Cougars the rest of the way.
Nelson County’s LeLe Linton led all scorers in the game with 19 points.
White led Grayson County with 16 points and she added five rebounds and two steals. Saltsman joined White in double figures with 10 points and led the team on the glass with six rebounds. She also led the team with three assists and three steals.
Senior Sarah Pierce finished with eight points and added four rebounds and two assists. Junior Allie Horton scored five points and added two rebounds, two assists and two steals. Senior Breana Minton scored two points to complete the Lady Cougar scoring.