Playing in the loser’s bracket of the Caveland Classic at Edmonson County High School Tuesday afternoon, the Lady Cougars played lights out as they defeated the Pulaski County Lady Maroons 63-42.
The win put them into the fifth-place game on Wednesday against the Barren County Lady Trojans, coached by former Lady Cougar head coach, Brad Johnson. Because of the holiday season and different publication dates, the account of that game will be in next Wedmesday’s News-Gazette.
After sleep-walking through their opening-round, 42-38 loss to Russell County on Monday, the Lady Cougars came out against Pulaski firing on all cylinders. Russell outrebounded the Lady Cougars by 15 rebounds Monday, but they dominated the glass against the Maroons.
Grace White led all scorers in the game with 22 points and she just missed a double-double with nine rebounds. Sophomore Hannah Saltsman, who has really begun to play strongly for the Lady Cougars, scored 20 points and grabbed six rebounds. Allie Horton also had a strong game for Grayson County, finishing with seven points and seven rebounds.
The Lady Cougars scored the first seven points of the game before Pulaski got on the board with a rebound basket by Taryn Davis at the 6:05 mark. Grayson County then scored the next five points to lead by 10, 12-2 at the 4:56 mark.
The Maroons cut it back to a five-point deficit, 14-9 with a long two-pointer from Jeriah Privett with 2:05 left in the period, but the Lady Cougars closed out the first-quarter scoring with a White lay-in at 1:53 and a Sarah Pierce 10-footer at 1:28 to lead by nine, 18-9 heading into the second quarter.
The Lady Maroons cut the lead to six points, 20-14 at the 6:59 mark, but Saltsman scored twice on put-back baskets and White added a steal and an uncontested lay-up and Pulaski called a timeout at the 5:08 mark, suddenly trailing by 12 points, 26-14.
A White lay-up with 2:53 left in the period was followed by a Saltsman three-pointer with 2:19 left to push the Lady Cougar lead to 17 points, 36-19. After the Maroons cut it back to 13 points, 36-23 at the 1:18 mark, a three-pointer by Horton with 43 seconds left and a buzzer-beating three by Pierce increased the lead to 19 points, 42-23 at the half.
The Maroons would never get closer than 16 points the rest of the game. Grayson County led by 18 points, 50-32 heading into the fourth quarter. An 8-0 Grayson County run late in the final period pushed the lead to 24 points, 63-39 with 1:26 left in the game before Pulaski’s Jenna Wood closed out the scoring with a three-pointer for the final 21-point margin of victory.
Davis led the Lady Maroons with 10 points. In addition to her points and rebounds, White also led the team with four assists.
Pierce finished the game with seven points, while Breana Minton had five and Brandi Minton had two.
Reach Don Brown at 259-9622, ext. 2016.