Playing in the Owensboro Invitational, the Lady Cougars lost their first two pool-play games before winning their final game of the tournament.
On Monday in the Sportscenter, the Lady Cougars waited a little too long to turn on the power as they fell 44-40 to the Henderson County Lady Colonels.
Tuesday morning Grayson County played a rematch with the Owensboro Catholic Lady Aces with a similar result as Catholic defeated them 72-62. Catholic’s Mikayla Berry and Annabel Moore both scored 23 points in the game and Caroline Hayden added 16. Grace White led the Lady Cougars with 19 points and Hannah Saltsman had 11.
That put them into a consolation game against a third -place team from another pool, which turned out to be the Greenwood Lady Gators. The Lady Cougars led from start to finish as they dispatched the Gators 59-32
The first quarter of the game was hotly contested, with the two teams trading the lead six different times. White beat the buzzer with as 15-footer to give the Lady Cougars a 12-11 lead heading into the second quarter.
The Lady Colonels then put their stamp on the game when they opened the second period by scoring eight straight points to take a 19-12 lead at the 5:33 mark. Grayson County was never able to recover afterward.
Sarah Pierce hit a three-pointer at the 2:55 mark and Hannah Saltsman followed with a put-back basket at 2:03 to draw the Lady Cougars to within a point of the lead, 21-20, but the Lady Colonels closed out the period with a 15-footer to lead by three points, 23-20 at the half.
Henderson County opened the third period with a 6-2 run to retake a seven-point advantage, 29-22 at the 5:42 mark. Henderson County retained that seven-point lead, 35-28 heading into the final period of play.
Henderson’s Emma Lander opened the scoring in the fourth quarter with a short jumper, and Mikayla Gilbert hit 1-of-2 at the line to give the Lady Colonels their largest lead of the game, 10 points at 38-28 with 6:36 left to play.
The Lady Cougars still trailed by 10, 40-30 at the 6:02 mark when they began putting together a drive to get back in the game. White hit a pair of free throws with 4:43 left to cut the deficit to eight, before Gilbert hit 1-of-2 at the line to push it back to a nine-point lead, 41-32.
Sarah Pierce scored off a White assist to make it 41-34 with 2:33 remaining and the Lady Cougars called a timeout trailing by seven, 41-34. Henderson’s Samantha Carter missed the front end of a 1-and-1 situation, and the Lady Cougars got a basket from White with 2:11 left to make it 41-36.
Allie Horton stole the ball on the next Henderson possession and drove in for a lay-in with 1:42 left and Grayson County trailed by just three points, 41-38, and the Lady Colonels called a timeout to try to regain their composure.
Back on the floor, Breanna Chester hit a pair of bonus free throws to push the lead back up to five, 43-38 with 2:25 left to play.
White scored on a lay-in with 31.7 seconds remaining to make it a three-point game again, 43-40, but they would get no closer. Carter went to the line with 24 seconds left and missed two free throws, keeping the Lady Cougars’ hopes alive.
But they turned the ball over with 16 seconds left and put Carter at the line again. This time the Henderson guard hit 1-of-2 to make it a two-possession game and they held off the Lady Cougars the rest of the way.
Lander led the Lady Colonels with 11 points. White finished with 20 points and she added seven rebounds.
Pierce hit two three-pointers and finished with eight points. Saltsman scored seven points and led the Lady Cougars on the glass with nine rebounds. Horton closed out the scoring with five points and she added three rebounds and four assists.
The Lady Cougars (4-6) scored the first nine points of the game and the Gators (7-7) never really threatened after that. The Lady Cougars led by 10 points, 17-7 heading into the second quarter.
A 6-2 run opening the second period increased the Lady Cougar lead to 14 points, 23-9 with 5:06 left in the first half. They led by 16 points, 36-30 at the break.
A 7-1 run at the start of the third period, capped off by a Horton lay-in at the 5:49 mark, increased the lead to 22 points, 43-21. Grayson County led by 23 points 49-26 at the start of the fourth quarter, when head coach Daniel Pharris brought in his JV players.
Rose Mary Jackson scored 13 points to lead the Lady Gators.
Grayson County put three players into double figures, led by White’s 14 points. She also led the team with 10 rebounds. Horton just missed a double-double game as well, finishing with 12 points and nine rebounds.
Saltsman was the third Lady Cougar in double figures with 10 points, and she added three rebounds, three assists and two steals. Pierce hit two three-pointers and finished with eight points.
Sophomore Mackenzie Edwards came off the bench late in the game and contributed six points and three rebounds. Senior Breana Minton scored five points, all in the first quarter, and added two rebounds.
Eighth-grader Kenzie Renfrow hit a fourth-quarter three for her three points and eighth-grader Kandler Lindsey was 1-of-2 at the line for her point. Lindsey also pulled down three rebounds in her short stint on the floor.
Reach Don Brown at 270-259-9622, ext.2016.