After starting the season with three straight wins, the Lady Cougar JV basketball team found itself on the short end of the score for the first time Monday evening in Bowling Green as the host Purples beat them 42-31.
As they did in the varsity game, the Lady Purples came out in the early going with full-court pressure which Grayson County handled poorly. In the first half alone, the Lady Cougars committed 18 turnovers which the Lady Purples converted into 15 points.
That added up to a big Bowling Green advantage in the first half. The Lady Cougars scored just two points in the first quarter and just three in the second and trailed by 19 points, 24-5 at the half.
The Purples backed off the pressure in the second period and Grayson County was able to play much better. They actually outscored Bowling Green 26-18 in the second half.
After Bowling Green scored the first four points of the game, Grayson County’s Mackenzie Edwards hit a lay-up to make it 4-2 at the 4:40 mark.
The Lady Purples then closed out the first period with 11 unanswered points to lead by 13 points, 15-2 heading into the second quarter.
Bowling Green then scored the first four points of the second period to increase their lead to 17 points, 19-2. They led by 19, 24-5 at the halftime break.
A Brandi Minton three-pointer at the 2:54 mark of the third quarter capped a 10-4 Grayson County run that cut their deficit to 13 points, 28-15. The Lady Cougars later scored the final five points of the period to cut the lead to 11 points, 35-24 heading into the fourth quarter.
Bowling Green then scored the first five points of the final period to push the lead back up to 16 points, 40-24. The Lady Cougars later scored the last four points to make the final margin 11 points, 42-31.
Heavyn Gray led the Lady Purples with 14 points. Minton led the Lady Cougars, also with 14 points, and she led the team in steals with three.
Mackenzie Edwards hit a pair of three-pointers and finished with nine points. Junior Kennedi Cave scored four points and added four rebounds. Shannon Smith and eighth-grader Kandler Lindsey had two points apiece to complete the Grayson County scoring.
Though she did not score in the game, eighth-grader Kenzie Renfrow, undoubtedly the smallest girl on the floor, led the Lady Cougars with five rebounds, four assists and three steals.
Reach Don Brown at 259-9622, ext.2016.