Playing in the Campbellsville Holiday Classic at Campbellsville High School, the Cougars won two and lost one for a fifth-place finish in the eight-team tournament.
In Saturday night’s opener, the Cougars battled through some ice-cold shooting and wound up taking a 51-38 loss to the Marion County Knights.
That loss put them into the loser’s bracket where they faced the Falcons of Monroe County Sunday afternoon. The Cougars were taken to overtime in that game, where they eventually took a 63-61 victory.
In the fifth-place game Monday afternoon, the Cougars came out on top 48-43.
The Cougars ran hot and cold in this game, but mostly cold. They led after the first period, but hit just one of 12 shots in the second period to fall behind at the half 27-18.
The Cougars then opened the second half with a 10-0 run to regain the lead with less than five minutes remaining in the third quarter. But after that, the Cougars hit just four of 22 shots, just 18 percent, and were never in contention again.
Trey Goff’s three-pointer at the 3:10 mark of the first period capped a 9-2 opening run for the Cougars. The Knights came back to close to within two points of the lead, 13-11 with nine seconds left, but Gage Akridge beat the buzzer with a lay-in to give the Cougars a four-point edge, 15-11 heading into the second quarter.
That’s when the Cougars went into the deep freeze. Goff hit another three at the 6:26 mark to give the Cougars a five-point advantage, 18-13, but that would be the last Cougar basket of the period. The Cougars had 15 possessions after Goff’s basket and all of them were empty.
That allowed the Knights to score 14 unanswered points and take a nine-point lead, 27-18 at the half.
Goff hit back-to-back threes that capped a 10-0 Cougar run which gave Grayson County a 28-27 lead at the 4:48 mark of the third quarter. The Cougars would not hit another basket until the 3:21 mark of the fourth quarter.
The Knights closed out the third quarter on a 12-2 run to lead by nine, 39-30 heading into the fourth quarter. The only Cougar points came on two Tanner Tyra free throws with 2:48 left.
Marion County point guard Tyler Wethington led all scorers in the game with 22 points.
The Cougars got scoring from just four players, but three of them reached double figures. Goff hit four three pointers and finished with 14 points to lead the Cougars. He also led the team with four steals.
Tyra finished with 10 points and added two rebounds and three steals. Cole Akridge was the other Cougar in double figures with 10 points. Gage Akridge closed out the Cougar scoring with four points and he led the team on the glass with seven rebounds.
Grayson County trailed by six points, 15-9 after the first period of play, but fought back to within a point of the lead, 27-26 at the half. The Cougars then took a one-point lead, 43-42 at the start of the fourth quarter.
Bailey Logsdon came up with a steal and drove in for a lay-up with 1:40 left in regulation that gave the Cougars a three-point lead, 55-52. When the Falcons (3-9) turned the ball over with 1:25 left, it appeared the Cougars would run out the clock for the win.
But when Conner Schultz lost his footing and went down with 58 seconds left, he was whistled for traveling and Monroe was awarded the ball. That allowed the Falcons to come down and hit a tying three-pointer with 30 seconds left.
The Cougars worked the ball for the last shot, but turned it over again with five seconds left. Monroe took a desperation heave at the buzzer, but missed, sending the game into overtime, tied at 55-55.
Goff opened the scoring with a lay-in at the 3:46 mark, but the Falcons’ Ty Mink hit a short jumper at 3:15, then hit 1-of-2 at the line to put his team in front by one, 58-57 with 1:57 left.
Goff hit a three-pointer with 1:31 remaining to put the Cougars up 60-58 and they would not trail again. Grayson County had the opportunity at the foul line to put the game out of reach of the Falcons, but could hit just 3-of-8 shots, including missing the front ends of two bonus opportunities, keeping Monroe in the game to the end.
After Tyra missed two free throws that would have iced the game with five seconds left, the Falcons missed their last shot to give Grayson County the win.
Mink led the Falcons with 20 points, while Lincoln Arnett had 15.
Goff led all scorers with 27 points, including six three-pointers. Logsdon scored 11 points and Gage Akridge added 10. Tyra finished with eight points, Schultz had five, and Cole Akridge, who battled foul trouble, closed out the scoring with two points.
Reach Don Brown at 259-9622, ext. 2016.