Giving a lackluster performance, the Lady Cougar varsity fell 52-42 to the Breckinridge County Lady Tigers Monday night in Harned.
The JV girls erased a 10-point, third-quarter deficit to tie the game 36-36 and send it into overtime, but wound up on the losing end 42-38.
After winning a pair of 12th District games over the weekend in spirited efforts, the Lady Cougars (11-10) looked worn out against the Lady Tigers (11-8). This was the second straight game the Lady Cougars played without sophomore Hannah Saltsman, who is out indefinitely with an ankle injury.
Grayson County came out cold at the start of the game and never really warmed up. They hit just 7-of-22 from the field in the first half and trailed by 11 points. For the game, they shot just short of 31 percent from the field, 16-of-52.
Morgan Marple opened the game with back-to-back three-pointers to give the Lady Tigers the early lead. The Lady Cougars responded with back-to-back put-back baskets from Shannon Smith and Grace White to make it a two-point game, 6-4.
The Lady Tigers then scored the next six points to lead 12-4 with 49 seconds left in the first period, but Allie Horton closed out the scoring with a lay-in with 37 seconds left to make it 12-6 heading into the second period.
Breck’s standout junior point-guard Lily Grimes, who did not score in the first quarter, opened up the second with seven straight points, including a three-pointer, and Breck had its largest lead of the first half, 13-points at 19-6 at the 6:50 mark.
The Lady Cougar defense then forced four straight Breck turnovers, but could only manage to score four points of their own to trail 19-10 with 3:37 left in the first half.
A three-point play by Horton with 2:14 left cut the Lady Cougars’ deficit to just seven points, but Grimes scored the last four points of the half to give the Lady Tigers an 11-point, halftime lead, 27-16.
A Sarah Shrewsberry put-back at the 5:55 mark of the third quarter saw the Lady Tigers on top by 13 points again, 31-18. When Riley Collins buried a short jumper at the 3:23 mark, the Lady Tigers held their largest lead of the game, 14 points at 35-21.
Grayson County outscored Breck 9-4 the rest of the period and trailed by nine points, 39-30 heading into the fourth quarter. When Sarah Pierce opened the fourth with a three-pointer, the lead was down to six, 39-33 and the Grayson County fans felt a glimmer of hope.
But the Lady Cougars would get no closer. Pierce hit another three with 1:35 remaining that cut the lead to seven, 49-42, but the Lady Tigers scored the last three points of the game to take a 10-point win.
Grimes led all scorers in the game with 21 points and Marple added 11.
White recorded another double-double night with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Horton finished with 13 points and added five rebounds. Pierce finished with six points, while Smith and Breana Minton had two each.
The Lady Tigers started out red hot, hitting their first four shots, all of them from behind the arc for three-pointers. Lefty point guard, Taylor Hines, hit three of the treys, with Natalee Tabor hitting the other.
But Grayson County’s Brandi Minton answered with a pair of threes and Kaylee Masden added a lay-in and the Lady Cougars trailed by just four points, 12-8 with 3:08 left in the first period. Breck led by five, 15-10 at the start of the second period.
Neither team got much done in the second period and it was still a five-point game at the half, 19-14.
Breck scored the first five points of the third quarter to take their largest lead of the night, 10 points at 24-14. They later led by nine points four times, the last coming at 32-23 with 49 seconds left in the period. Mackenzie Edwards closed out the period by hitting 1-of-2 at the line to make it 32-24 heading into the fourth quarter.
Edwards opened the scoring in the fourth with a lay-up to cut the lead to six, 32-26. Edwards was fouled on the play and her made free throw cut it to just five.
Minton then hit her third three-pointer of the night to cut it to just two points, 32-30 with 4:20 left. Kenzie Renfrow went to the line with 3:47 left with the chance to tie the game, but missed her second shot to make it 32-31.
When the Lady Tigers turned the ball over on their next possession, Minton answered with her fourth three pointer to give the Lady Cougars their first lead of the game, 34-32 with 3:38 left.
Lindsey Whitfill scored to tie the game once more, but Edwards hit a pair of free throws at 2:49 to put Grayson County in front again, 36-34.
Following a Breck timeout at 1:29, the Lady Tigers worked a beautiful out-of-bounds play to tie things 36-36.
Grayson County worked the clock down and called a timeout with 16.6 seconds left. Back on the floor, Edwards had a lay-up attempt roll off the front of the rim. Breck rebounded the miss, but Minton came up with a steal. But a hurried attempt at the buzzer missed, sending the game into overtime.
Eighth-grader Bailey Snyder had back-to-back steals opening the overtime period and she scored on a breakaway following the second one, putting her team on top 38-36. Unfortunately those would be Grayson County’s only points of the period.
The Lady Tigers went to the line 10 times in the final 1:03 and hit six of them to salt away the game. Hines led her team with 14 points.
Minton also scored 14 points and added three rebounds and a pair of steals. Edwards scored 10 points and added three assists and three steals.
Snyder and Laura Vincent both finished with four points, while Masden and Renfrow had two each to complete the scoring.
Reach Don Brown at 259-9622, ext.2016.