Grayson County’s Lady Cougar basketball team picked up a pair of big 12th District wins over the weekend, assuring them of the number-one seed in the 12th District Tournament later this month.
On Friday, the Lady Cougars raced out to a big lead at Edmonson County, then held off the LadyCats to take a 61-48 win. Then, on Saturday, they thrashed the Butler County Lady Bears 62-29 to move to 11-9 for the season.
The Lady Cougars sprinted away at the start of the game, taking a 15-1 lead with 3:16 left in the first quarter before the LadyCats scored their first field goal. They led 20-4 heading into the second period.
The LadyCats were able to cut into the Grayson County lead in the second quarter and trailed by just 13 at the half 23-18
When Grayson County opened the third quarter on a 15-2 run, they held their largest lead of the night, 26 points at 44-18 with 4:08 left in the period. Sarah Pierce, Grace White and Hannah Saltsman all had three-pointers during the run.
Edmonson County was not done yet, though. They closed out the third quarter with a 17-5 run that cut their deficit to just 14 points, 49-35 at the start of the fourth quarter.
The LadyCats closed to within 11 points, 55-44 with 3:07 left to play, but they would get no closer. Sophomore Caitlin Simon led the LadyCats with 21 points. In a ceremony before the start of the boys game, Simon received recognition for scoring the 1,000th point of her career.
The Lady Cougars put three players into double figures, led by Saltsman, who matched Simon with 21 points. White finished with 17 points and made it a spectacular night with 17 rebounds and three steals. Pierce was the third player in double figures, scoring 12 points and adding four rebounds and two assists.
Allie Horton returned to the lineup after missing the past two games with a leg injury. Horton scored four points and added five rebounds, two assists and three steals. Brandi Minton scored three points, while Breana Minton and Shannon Smith had two each.
The Lady Cougars would play this game without sophomore Hannah Saltsman, who suffered an ankle injury against Edmonson County.
As they did the night before in Brownsville, the Lady Cougars got off to a fast start against the Lady Bears with an 11-1 run to start the game. Sophomore Brandi Minton scored eight of her 11 points in that first period and the Lady Cougars led by 16 points, 24-8 at the start of the second period.
The two teams traded baskets at the start of the second quarter before the Lady Cougars put the game out of reach completely. Pierce hit back-to-back threes to ignite an 11-0 run. Minton hit a three, her third of the game, and Pierce completed the run with a 15-footer with 5:39 left and the Lady Cougars led by 27 points, 37-10. They led by 23 points, 41-18 at the half.
Grayson County kept the pressure on in the third quarter, holding the Lady Bears to just four points in the period. White hit 1-of-2 at the line with 3:38 left that pushed the lead to 35 points, 55-20, and the clock began to run continuously by the mercy rule.
Pierce led all scorers in the game with 18 points, including four three-pointers. She also had three assists and two steals. Three players, Horton, Shannon Smith and Breana Minton scored seven points apiece. Horton added four rebounds and led the team with five assists. Smith and Minton both grabbed five rebounds.
White had one of her lowest scoring games of the year, just five points, but she led the team with eight rebounds. Kennedi Cave came off the bench in the fourth quarter and contributed four points, while Mackenzie Edwards had three to complete the scoring.
Reach Don Brown at 259-9622, ext. 2016.