Playing games on consecutive nights, the Cougar varsity earned a split of two 12th District games over the weekend.
On Friday, after trailing for the entire first half and most of the third quarter, the homestanding Edmonson County Wildcats, behind eight three-pointers and 30 points from reserve Caleb Skaggs, grabbed the lead late in the period and held on to beat the Cougars 65-58, their ninth straight loss.
On Saturday, the Cougars used a 14-0 run against the Butler County Bears to break their losing streak, winning 64-51 to move to 9-12 on the season.
The Cougars raced out to a 9-2 lead with 2:58 left in the first period. Skaggs came off the bench and hit his first three with 1:15 left to make it 9-5, but Conner Schultz beat the buzzer with a three of his own to give the Cougars a 12-5 lead at the start of the second quarter.
Grayson County held nine-point leads twice in the second period, the last time coming at 20-11 following a Tanner Tyra three with 3:55 left. The Wildcats closed out the half on an 11-3 run to close to within a point, 23-22 at the half. Skaggs hit two more threes during the run.
A three-point play by Hunter Buttram with 4:08 left in the third quarter gave Edmonson County its first lead of the game, 33-32. Skaggs hit four three-pointers in the period and scored 14 of his game-high 30 points as the Wildcats took a seven-point lead, 49-42 heading into the final period of play.
Grayson County wasn’t done quite yet as they mounted a drive to get back in the game. Seven straight points, capped off by a Trey Goff three with 4:41 left to play tied the game 49-49 and the Cougar fans were going wild.
Edmonson County then put the game away with an 11-0 run that put them on top 61-49 with 2:06 left to play.
Buttram joined Skaggs in double figures with 13 points and Austin Sowders added 10.
The Cougars put four players in double figures in a losing effort. Tanner Tyra led Grayson County with 16 points and he also led the team with four assists and two steals. Goff finished with 14 points.
Junior Conner Schultz scored 12 points and led the team on the boards with six rebounds. Bailey Logsdon was the fourth Cougar in double figures with 10 points. Cole and Gage Akridge both scored three points to round out the scoring.
Grayson County scored the first seven points of the game, but the Bears answered with nine straight to take their first lead with 47 seconds left.
Trey Goff put Grayson County back in front with a three-pointer with 28 seconds left, but Kenton Flener scored on a put-back basket with seven seconds left to give the Bears an 11-10 lead. That still left time for Goff to beat the buzzer with another three and the Cougars led 13-11 heading into the second quarter.
A three-pointer by Butler’s Will Moore at the 3:30 mark of the second period saw the Bears holding a five-point lead, 22-17. Two Tanner Tyra free throws with 5.6 seconds left cut the lead to just two points, 23-21 at the half.
Tyra’s free throws at the end of the half were the start of Grayson County’s 14-0 run that saw them take control of the game. Bailey Logsdon buried a three at the 6:19 mark, and a Schultz three at 4:36 completed the run, giving the Cougars a 10 point advantage, 33-23. The Cougars led by nine, 43-34 at the start of the fourth quarter.
The Bears’ Rex Henderson hit a pair of free throws to open the fourth quarter and cut the lead to seven points, but the Cougars responded with nine unanswered points to go in front by 16, 52-36 with 6:14 left to play. The Bears were never closer than nine points the rest of the way.
Henderson led the Bears with 15 points, while Moore had 10.
Goff and Schultz shared the lead for the Cougars with 17 each and both grabbed six rebounds. Logsdon joined them in double figures with 15 points and he also grabbed six boards.
Tyra finished with six points, and Cole Akridge had four. Spencer Sharp came off the bench to toss in three points, and Gage Akridge had two to round out the Cougar scoring.
Reach Don Brown at 259-9622, ext. 2016.