Playing host to the visiting LadyCats of Edmonson County in a rare freshman/JV doubleheader, the Lady Cougars split the two games.
In the opener, the freshman led just once in the game, at 2-0, and the visitors went on to win the game by seven points, 24-17.
In the JV contest, Mackenzie Edwards was a perfect 6-for-6 at the free throw line in the fourth quarter as the Lady Cougars held off Edmonson 27-23.
Kaylee Masden opened the scoring by hitting a 15-footer at the 5:25 mark to put the Lady Cougars in front 2-0. That would be Grayson County’s only lead of the night.
The LadyCats answered by scoring eight straight points and they held a five point lead, 9-4 heading into the second period.
The LadyCats still led by five, 11-6, when Masden hit a shot from just inside the three-point arc to make it 11-8 with 1:15 left in the first half. Neither team scored the rest of the period and the score remained 11-8 heading into the break.
The LadyCats outscored Grayson 5-1 at the start of the third quarter to take an eight-point lead, 18-10 at the 1:12 mark. Kandler Lindsey closed out the scoring in the third period by hitting 1-of-2 at the line to make it a seven-point game, 18-11 heading into the fourth quarter.
When the LadyCats opened the final period with six unanswered points, their held their largest lead of the night, 13 points at 24-11.
The Lady Cougars closed out the game by scoring the last six points, but it was too late to make a difference.
Masden led the Lady Cougars in scoring with six points. Bailey Snyder scored four and grabbed four rebounds. Three players, Lindsey, Kenzie Renfrow, and Laura Vincent all had two points, and Jenna Nash added one to round out the scoring.
Brandi Minton opened the scoring for the Lady Cougars with a three-pointer at the 3:28 mark, but the LadyCats scored four straight to take the lead with 1:42 left.
Kennedi Cave took a nice inlet pass from Lindsey with 15 seconds, left, turned and put in a short jumper to give Grayson County a 5-4 lead heading into the second period.
Grayson County led by two points, 7-5, when the LadyCats’ Abby Alexander buried a three-pointer to put her team on top 8-7 with 3:15 remaining.
Masden answered with a three of her own to put Grayson County back up 10-8. The Lady Cougars led by three points, 12-9 at the half.
The Lady Cougars still led by three, 16-13, when the LadyCats put together a 6-0 run, capped off by a Maddie Cline three-pointer with 42 seconds left in the period, to take a three-point lead of their own, 19-16.
Minton then hit her second three of the night with 19 seconds left and Shannon Smith beat the buzzer with a 10-foot runner to put the Lady Cougars back in front 21-19 at the start of the fourth quarter.
Cline went to the line in the bonus with the chance to tie the game at the 3:51 mark. She hit the first, but missed the second, leaving the Lady Cougars with a one-point lead, 21-20.
Edwards followed with two free throws with 2:39 left to make it 23-20. Chanly Logsdon then hit 1-of-2 free throws for Edmonson to make it a two-point game, 23-21 with 2:33 left.
Edwards hit two more free throws with 2:13 remaining to put Grayson County up by four points, 25-21.
Katlin Collins scored for Edmonson on a put-back basket to cut it to two once more, 25-23 at the 1:23 mark. The LadyCats later had two opportunities to tie it up, but missed shots. Edwards rebounded the last miss and was fouled with 10.6 seconds remaining and hit both free throws to make the final score a four-point margin.
Minton, Edwards and Cave all scored six points with Edwards and Cave both pulling down four rebounds. Masden finished with three points and led the team with five rebounds.
Three players, Renfrow, Lindsey and Smith all had two points to complete the Lady Cougar scoring.
Reach Don Brown at 259-9622, ext. 2016.