Playing in a game that saw eight ties and nine lead changes, the visiting Lady Cougars went scoreless for more than five minutes in the fourth quarter and fell to the Owensboro Lady Devils 49-43.
The loss halted Grayson County’s modest four-game winning streak and dropped their overall record back under the .500 mark at 8-9 on the season. Owensboro improved to 11-8.
The loss spoiled another double-double night for Grayson County outstanding junior, Grace White, who finished with team-high totals of 21 points, 11 rebounds and three-assists.
The Lady Devils led by five points, 9-4 at the 3:37 mark of the first quarter, but Grayson County closed out the period on an 11-4 run, capped off by a White three-pointer with three seconds left, and led by three points, 15-12 heading into the second stanza.
The score was tied twice more in the second period before a three-pointer by Owensboro’s Tia Shelton gave the Lady Devils a five-point advantage, 23-18 with 1:34 left in the first half.
Grayson County’s Breana Minton scored on a lay-up and was fouled at the 1:22 mark. Her made free throw cut the lead to just two points, 23-21. Hannah Saltsman stole the ball and White buried a 15-footer to tie the score once again at 23-23. Both teams then had empty trips to leave the score knotted 23-23 at the half.
There were two more ties and six lead changes in the third quarter. The Lady Devils scored the final four points of the period and held a three-point lead, 38-35 heading into the fourth quarter.
Sarah Pierce opened the scoring with a three-pointer that tied things one last time, 38-38 at the 7:37 mark. Shelton answered with another three at 7:09 that put her team back into the lead, 41-38, this time for good.
White scored at 6:29 to pull Grayson County to within a point of the lead, 41-40, but the Lady Cougars would not score again for more than five minutes. They had six straight empty trips, including three turnovers in that time, and the Lady Devils responded with six straight points to lead by seven, 47-40 with 2:08 left to play.
Minton broke the Lady Cougar drought with a three-pointer with 1:28 left to play to make it a four-point game, 47-43 and the Lady Cougars called a timeout.
Grayson County rebounded a missed shot on the next Owensboro possession, but immediately turned the ball over. Wesli Washington went to the line for Owensboro for two free throws with 58.4 seconds left, but missed both shots.
Grayson County again rebounded the miss, but turned it over again before Washington scored on a lay-up with 42 seconds remaining to give her team a seven-point lead, 49-43.
Grayson County had three more possessions, but missed shots each time and the Lady Devils had their win. Washington led all scorers with 22 points, and she was joined in double figures by Shelton with 11 points.
Minton, who seems to have finally realized she can be a factor in games, finished with nine points for the second straight game and added three rebounds and an assist. Saltsman finished with seven points and five rebounds. Pierce finished with four points and Mackenzie Edwards closed out the scoring with one point.
Reach Don Brown at 259-9622, ext. 2016.