Eagles come back on Cougars 59-55


By Don Brown



Don Brown | GC News-Gazette Gage Akridge put in two of his four points to close out the scoring in the first half. Ohio County came back to win the game 59-55.


Trey Goff fired from outside in the first half. Goff finished with 12 points in the loss to Ohio County.


Cole Akridge pulled up and shot a jumper in the key. Akridge had 12 points in the Cougar loss.


Despite putting together a 21-0 run in the first half, the Cougar varsity dropped their fourth straight game last Tuesday evening, 59-55 to the visiting Ohio County Eagles.

In the JV contest, the Eagles led from start to finish as they defeated the Cougars 40-31.

The Eagles started quickly in the opening period, taking an early seven-point lead, 11-4 at the 4:58 mark. They still led by seven points, 15-8, when the Cougars started their run.

Bailey Logsdon closed out the scoring in the first period, completing a three-point play with 55.5 seconds left, then hitting a 10-footer with 21 seconds left to cut the lead to just two points, 15-13 heading into the second quarter.

Back-to-back 15-footers from Cole Akridge and Logsdon gave Grayson County its first lead of the night, 17-15 at the 7:28 mark. Goff hit a three at 5:41 to make it 20-15 and the Eagles called a timeout to try to stop the Cougar onslaught.

But Grayson County wasn’t done yet. Following a Cole Akridge steal, Logsdon hit a three to make it 23-15. Another Akridge steal led to a Logsdon three-point play to make it 26-15.

Logsdon came up with another steal on the next Eagle possession and fed Goff for another three-pointer, and suddenly the Cougars had scored 21 straight points and led by 14, 29-15 with 4:28 left in the first half.

Ohio’s Dalton Porter stopped the Cougar run with a three-pointer with 3:24 left, but the Cougars got a buzzer beating basket from Gage Akridge that saw them leading by 13 points, 31-18 at the halftime break.

The Cougars still led by 13 points, 39-26 with 2:57 left in the third period, when the Eagles began to make inroads into the lead.

Ohio County cut the lead to nine points following 1-of-2 at the line by Ross Tichenor with 37.8 seconds left. Grayson County then turned the ball over with 5.8 seconds left, just enough time for Dylan Decker to put up a two-handed shot from beyond 30 feet that found the bottom of the net, cutting the lead to just six points, 43-37 heading into the fourth quarter.

A 9-2 Ohio County run opening the final period erased the Cougar lead and gave the Eagles their first lead since the end of the first period, 46-45 with 4:54 left to play. The lead changed hands on four straight possessions before the Eagles got a three from Connor Wilson and two Decker free throws to go in front by four points, 53-49 with 1:48 left. They would not trail again.

In what turned into a free-throw shooting contest, the Eagles were a perfect 8-for-8 in the last 1:48 to hold onto the win. They put three players into double figures, led by Tichenor with 15 points. Jay Newcom scored 14 and Travis Carter had 10.

Logsdon led all scorers in the game with 21 points and he added four rebounds, four assists and two steals. Goff and Cole Akridge both scored 12 points for the Cougars and Goff led the team on the glass with six rebounds. He also had four steals to lead the team.

Gage Akridge and Conner Schultz both scored four points, while Tanner Tyra had two to complete the scoring.

In the JV game, the Cougars trailed by as many as seven points in the first half before closing to within two, 21-19 at the break.

That would be as close as the Cougars would get, though, as the Eagles stretched their advantage to 10 points, 37-27 at the start of the fourth quarter before finally winning by nine.

Freshman Spencer Sharp led the Cougars in scoring with 12 points, while Josh Embry had 10. Jack Davis finished with six points, Rylee Shoemaker and Caleb Ray both had three, Dustin Woosley had two and Logan Majors finished with one.

Don Brown | GC News-Gazette Gage Akridge put in two of his four points to close out the scoring in the first half. Ohio County came back to win the game 59-55.
http://gcnewsgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_Gage.jpgDon Brown | GC News-Gazette Gage Akridge put in two of his four points to close out the scoring in the first half. Ohio County came back to win the game 59-55.

Trey Goff fired from outside in the first half. Goff finished with 12 points in the loss to Ohio County.
http://gcnewsgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_Trey.jpgTrey Goff fired from outside in the first half. Goff finished with 12 points in the loss to Ohio County.

Cole Akridge pulled up and shot a jumper in the key. Akridge had 12 points in the Cougar loss.
http://gcnewsgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_Cole.jpgCole Akridge pulled up and shot a jumper in the key. Akridge had 12 points in the Cougar loss.

By Don Brown

Reach Don Brown at 259-9622, ext. 2016

Reach Don Brown at 259-9622, ext. 2016

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