The middle school Cougars split a pair of games Monday evening as they hosted the Muhlenberg North Stars at Cougar Gym.
In the opener, the Stars used a 9-0 run at the close of the first quarter to take a big lead, then held off the Cougars the rest of the way to win going away, 60-27.
In the eighth-grade game, guard Tyler Williams scored all of his game-high 18 points in the second half as the Cougars broke open a close game and raced to to a 50-29 win to improve to 16-4 on the season.
It appeared the Cougars were ready to run off and hide as they scored the first eight points of the game and led 8-0 at the end of the first quarter.
The Stars finally got on the board at the 5:28 mark of the second period with a pair of Isaac Rose free throws, but the Cougars responded with seven unanswered points and led by 13, 15-2 with 4:18 left in the first half.
But the Cougars went into a shell at that point and did not score the rest of the second period. That allowed the Stars to score eight straight points to trail by just five, 15-10 at the half.
The Cougars then broke the game wide open by beginning the third quarter on an 11-2 run to go ahead by 14 points, 26-12. Williams scored nine of his team’s points during the run, including the concluding three at the 3:06 mark. Grayson County led by 19 points, 35-16 heading into the final period of play.
The Stars were able to cut the lead to 14 points, 36-21 with 5:09 left to play, but they would get no closer. Cameron Wells’ put-back basket with 2:36 remaining gave the Cougars their largest lead of the night, 24 points at 50-26.
Hayden Perkins led the Stars with eight points. In addition to his 18 points, Williams added four rebounds.
Wells scored in double figures with 12 points and he led the team on the glass with seven rebounds. Nolan Shartzer scored eight points, grabbed four rebounds, and added three assists before fouling out with 3:52 left in the fourth quarter.
Spencer Cannon scored five points, Brady Whobrey had four, and Logan Kopp added three to round out the scoring.
The Cougars stayed close in the early going and trailed by just three points, 9-6 at the 2:04 mark of the first quarter.
But the Stars scored the last nine points, capped off by a three-pointer from Nolan Nofsinger with four seconds left. and they led by 12 points, 18-6 at the start of the second period.
The Stars led by 16 points twice in the second quarter, the final time coming at 26-10 with 1:23 left in the half. Jaxon Higdon closed out the first half scoring with a pair of free throws with 42 seconds remaining and the Cougars trailed by 14 points, 26-12 at the break.
The Stars outscored Grayson County 22-9 in the third quarter, including the last 11 straight, to put the game out of reach, 48-21 at the start of the fourth quarter.
Isaac Rose led all scorers for the Stars with 13 points, while Nash Divine had 12.
Evan Clark scored six points to lead Grayson County. Keegan Sharp had five, and Hunter Saltsman and Zak Bratcher both scored four. Four players, Evan Hayse, Matthew Loughran, Zeb Bratcher and Hunter Tomes all scored two points to complete the scoring.
Reach Don Brown at 259-9622, ext. 2016.