Post-season play will begin next week as Grayson County plays host to the 12th District Tournament beginning on Monday.
The Lady Cougars (15-11), the number-one seed with a perfect 6-0 district record, will play Whitesville Trinity (10-16), the number-four seed, in the first game Monday evening at 6 p.m.
That game will be followed at 7:45 by the game between number-two seed Edmonson County (15-11) and number three seed Butler County (9-14)
On Tuesday the boys take the floor, with number-one seed Edmonson County (16-9) taking on number-four seed Butler County (10-13) at 6 p.m.
Grayson County (10-14), the number-two seed, will play Whitesville Trinity (14-15), the number-three-seed, at 7:45 p.m.
The Lady Cougars come into the post-season on something of a roll, despite losing Thursday evening at Muhlenberg County. The Lady Cougars have won 10 of their past 13 games.
The Cougars come in having lost 10 of their last 12 games, but that does not really tell the story of the Cougars’ season. In 11 of their 14 losses this season, the average scoring margin is a little over four points per game.
The Lady Cougars have been led all season by junior Grace White, one of the best players in the region, if not the state. She will be in the running next year for all-state honors.
White comes into the post-season nearly averaging a double-double. She has been scoring just over 17 points and nearly nine rebounds per game. A versatile player, White has seen time at the point, as an off guard, and in the post.
White had 10 double-double performances during the season and twice scored 30 points in a game. Perhaps her best all-around performance came at home against Edmonson at the end of January, when she scored 17 points and pulled down 18 rebounds.
Sophomore Hannah Saltsman missed four four games near the end of the season, but still managed to put up good numbers. She was the team’s second leading scorer and rebounder, averaging just under 11 points per game and six rebounds. Saltsman scored over 20 points on three occasions this year.
Senior Sarah Pierce has been the team’s top three-point shooter. Pierce averages just short 0f 10 points per game. Pierce’s best game came at Butler County in January when she hit six three-pointers and scored 23 points.
Junior Allie Horton missed a pair of games in January and was particularly missed in the loss at Owensboro. Horton comes in averaging 7.6 points per game and just over four rebounds per game. A top assist producer at the point-guard position, Horton has shown the ability to be a slasher to the hoop with a devastating cross-over dribble.
Horton’s best night came in a loss against Owensboro Catholic, when she scored 18 points. She also had a good game against Greenwood when she scored 12 points and pulled down nine rebounds.
The fifth starter for the Lady Cougars has been senior Breana Minton. The very definition of a role-player, Minton averages just over three points and three rebounds per game. Minton’s best night came in January at Trinity, when she scored 11 points.
The Cougars have gone nearly the entire season using just six players.
Junior Trey Goff has led the Cougars this season, scoring 363 points and pulling down 92 rebounds, an average of 15.1 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. Goff scored over 20 points five times during the season and his best rebound night came in a win at home over Butler County when he pulled down eight boards.
Sophomore Bailey Logsdon has been the Cougars second leading scorer, averaging nearly 11 points per game. But that does not tell the whole story on the nifty point guard. He has really come alive of late. In the past 13 games, Logsdon has averaged nearly 17 points per game.
Logsdon scored over 20 points three times during the season and he has averaged 3.4 rebounds per game.
Senior Tanner Tyra has had an up and down season, at times being in charge on the floor and at others nearly disappearing. Still, Tyra has averaged nearly eight points and four rebounds per game. His best scoring night came in an early loss at Breckinridge County when he tossed in 17 points.
Senior Cole Akridge and his twin Gage have had to struggle through foul difficulties in nearly every game they have played. Third Region officials have been very unkind to the talented pair and their numbers have suffered for it.
Cole has been averaging just over eight points and 3.6 rebounds per game. His top scoring night came in the second game of the season when he had 22 points at Muhlenberg County. He had 19 points and four rebounds against Campbellsville.
Gage has averaged just over five points and three rebounds per game. His best scoring game came in a Christmas tournament win over St. Patrick’s when he scored 23 points.
Junior Conner Schultz began the season as the team’s sixth man but has been a starter in the team’s most recent games in place of Gage Akridge.
One of the quickest players on the team, Schultz is only now beginning to believe in himself as a scorer and a rebounder. He averages 5.6 points per game and 3.5 rebounds. His best game came in a win at home against Butler County when he had 17 points and six rebounds.
Reach Don Brown at 259-9622, ext. 2016.